Unpacking my suitcase after returning from a visit last week with my mom, I almost overlooked one of the gifts I brought home. Among the treasures was one item that might not seem like much of a gift — a little blue inventory sticker.
Before the Battle of Thermopylae between thousands of Persian soldiers and three hundred warriors of the Greek city-state of Sparta, so the story goes, Xerxes, the Persian king, attempted to convince Sparta’s king, Leonides, that the vastly outnumbered Spartan force should lay down their weapons.
Mary Ward said she sometimes feels invisible. In reality, she is indispensable, the sole caregiver for her veteran husband, Tom, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is “a lonesome disease,” Mary said. “You feel grief all the time at different levels. You want to be able to say that you feel sad, but people don’t like that. They don’t want to address this with you.”
The uncharacteristic alacrity in the passing of the Clay Hunt Act provides hope that veterans’ needs remain on the minds of those who make our laws. It’s been on the minds of military members and their families for a long time.
The Hughes Glomar Explorer was built at enormous cost for an audacious Cold War task: to recover a sunken Soviet submarine from beneath three miles of water and capture the nuclear missiles, code books, and decoding machines that lay within it. It's a CIA spy ship so secret that even now, 40 years later, the breadth of its mission has never been fully declassified.
Military OneSource is once again offering a free, electronic tax filing service. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save, and file your 2011 federal and up to three state returns online free with the H&R Block At Home® tool.