President Obama applauds the three living Medal of Honor recipients from the March 18, 2014 White House Ceremony. (Photo via @petesouza)

President Obama applauds the three living Medal of Honor recipients from the March 18, 2014 White House Ceremony. (Photo via @petesouza)

Veterans Day 2013: Black Women Veterans
WAACs at work in Temp. Bldg. `M’, Washington, DC, WAAC Headquarters. Left to right: Lts. Harriet West and Irma Cayton (1942)

(Photo by Wilfred Morgan)

Veterans Day 2013: Black Women Veterans
WAACs at work in Temp. Bldg. `M’, Washington, DC, WAAC Headquarters. Left to right: Lts. Harriet West and Irma Cayton (1942)

(Photo by Wilfred Morgan)

Cairo.

newsweek:

If you’re not watching Tahrir Square, now would be a good time tune tune in. A statement from the army is expected in ten minutes.

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American servicemembers stationed around the world from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American servicemembers stationed around the world from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the retiring of the colors aboard the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the retiring of the colors aboard the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

LOOK: President Obama thanking the U.S. Troops

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President Barack Obama makes Thanksgiving Day phone calls to U.S. troops from the Oval Office, Nov. 24, 2011.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948)

"On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military."

President Obama speaks to military families celebrating Independence Day on the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2011.

"You have to believe in yourself."

— Sun Tzu

"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare."

Sun Tzu

"In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected."

— Sun Tzu

Memorial Day: The African American Solider - Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Understanding of Traumatic Stress

The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

Check out: National Center for PTSD (via U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

(Source: Frontlines)

Memorial Day: The African American Solider - Desert Storm

General Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff (1989 - 1993)

Memorial Day: The African American Solider - Vietnam War


Da Nang Harbor, Republic of Vietnam


Mineman Second Class Franklin Marshall, a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team member, conducts a search for mines, especially those attached to ship’s hulls, circa April 1966.

The E.O.D. Team is responsible for harbor security. Several merchant ships are in the distance.

(Photographed by Ernie Filtz)

(Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.)


Memorial Day: The African American Solider - Korean War

Machine gun crew during Korean War. (1950)

(Source: Truman Library)