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Groundbreaking Photo Series Showcases Wounded Veterans’ Beauty

Trump may not think these guys are heroes. But this man does.

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If there’s one thing extremists from the left and the right can agree on (unless your name is Donald Trump), it’s this: veterans have a hard time in this country. From PTSD, to elevated suicide rates, to vast unemployment, the challenges they face are staggering. That’s why Michael Stokes, fitness photographer, decided he wanted to radically change our image of vets. In a recent photo series, which may become a book, Stokes photographed members of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps simply being human.

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Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry

For the past three years, The Daily Show host has secretly trained vets on the ins and outs of the entertainment game.

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Despite being a longstanding, and particularly vocal, critic of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has long been an equally vocal supporter of those who serve in our country’s armed forces. He’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan, visited wounded vets at military hospitals, and is even the recipient of the United Service Organization’s Merit Award. For someone so publicly opposed to the last decade’s worth of major military action, Stewart has remained remarkably steadfast in his commitment to men and women in uniform. While Stewart has never hidden his respect and admiration for this country’s soldiers, the degree to which he has actively supported them not only as an entertainer, but also as a personal mentor and career counselor is just beginning to be brought to light.

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Preserve and Protect: Forestry Gives Vets a Chance to Serve on Native Soil

The Veterans Green Corps helps unemployed veterans find green pathways to what they desire most: continued, meaningful service.


It’s morning in Colorado’s backcountry and time for PT (that's soldier-speak for physical training). Under a blue sky and alongside the yawning sway of ponderosa pines, half a dozen vets move with a shared rhythm. Their mission: help prevent forest fires.

They are part of the nonprofit Southwest Conservation Corps’ Veterans Green Corps (VGC), an effort to fight 21 percent unemployment among veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, through environmental career transition. VGC provides opportunities that consistently make the difference for this unique group: crews of other returned soldiers sorting through similar experiences; job skills that are in demand in the conservation sector; the gritty, hard work they crave; and a chance to continue service to their country.

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