Healing the ‘Invisible Wound’

Feature: Veterans Honor Military Suicide Victims on National Mall
Source: Elizabeth Harrington

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dar Place was two feet away when his friend and fellow soldier took his own life during the Gulf War. Two decades later, like so many other veterans, Place is still haunted by the plague of suicide in the military.

Hollow Force

Deep budget cuts may erode U.S. Army ability to fight long war
AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. Army officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that a return to deep budget cuts as required by law beginning in 2016 would make it difficult for the military to carry out even one extended ground war.

Budget Deal Leaves Intact Vast Majority of Sequester Cuts

Military still faces billions in unfunded costs, pension cuts
AP

The recent budget deal proposed in Congress provides modest relief for a Department of Defense (DOD) that still faces hundreds of billions in unfunded costs and a shrinking, less prepared military.

American Veteran Held in North Korea Highlights Plight of Missing U.S. POWs

Former Army special forces solider took part in covert operations against Pyongyang during the Korean War
Merrill E. Newman / AP

The arrest and detention of American Korean War veteran Merrill E. Newman highlights North Korea’s holding of other prisoners of war who were part of a secret Army unit running covert operations inside North Korea, according to a specialist on the conflict.

Uncertain Times

Army chief of staff says global comms, non-state actors creating 'most uncertain time' in his career
Gen. Raymond Odierno / AP

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Wednesday this is the “most uncertain time” in his 37-year U.S. military career because of warfare’s rapid evolution.