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The Warrior Caste

America increasingly relies on a small group of multigenerational military families to fight its wars. That’s a problem.

When the new White House chief of staff, then a Marine general, John Kelly received a knock on the door in November 2010, he became the highest-ranking military officer to lose a child in combat. In addition to his son Robert, killed by a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010, his other son is also an active-duty Marine. The Kellys’ legacy of service is not unusual among military families. This type of lineage has led to generations of flag officers, fathers and sons who reunite while deployed, and families who bear the loss of a war America has forgotten we are fighting.


Gun Trouble

The rifle that today’s infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can’t the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones? 


‘We are at war and people don’t even know’: Inside the divide between the military and the rest of America that’s wider than it’s ever been

A little more than a year after she married, Tiffany Smiley walked into a hospital room to tell her husband he was blind.

A car bomb in Mosul, Iraq, had sent shrapnel into Army Maj. Scott Smiley’s eyes as he was serving as an infantry platoon leader and ultimately led him to this bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had been deployed six months — six months that Tiffany endured catching glimpses of him in reports from an embedded Fox News journalist. She’d watch and wonder what reality she’d fallen into as explosions boomed in the background of the shots.

When she wasn’t watching the news, Tiffany was working as a nurse. But as she went about life in the US, it felt like no one else was paying attention.

“At the time, I was shocked,” she told Business Insider. “We are at war — and people don’t even know or care.”


Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Ceremony

All Vietnam Veterans are encouraged and welcomed to attend the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony. They can RSVP up to the day before the event. 

On behalf of Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commanding general of the 1st Infantry
Division and Fort Riley, I’d like to inquire about the possibility of your
support to help promote the upcoming Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony at Fort Riley, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our division, the service and sacrifice of those who fought in Vietnam continues to weigh heavily on our minds. We know these veterans did not receive the welcome home they deserved and many were never thanked for their service. We want to provide that opportunity to them with this event.  I have attached a flyer that contains all the information, including an RSVP email address. As part of the ceremony, the Big Red One has plans to provide each veteran with a token of appreciation. 


We understand many individuals may be unable to travel due to health reasons or distance, and in some cases, many of those veterans are no longer with us. In lieu of those individuals who cannot be here, this event is open to
family, friends and supporters as well. 

Finally, if any Vietnam veterans have previously attended one of these
events, they are more than welcome to attend again – we encourage it. And it
doesn’t matter if their branch of service or if they served with the Big Red
One. All are welcome.