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Discharge, Not Court-Martial, for Single Army Mom

Alexis Hutchinson with her son Kamani. Credit: Alexis Hutchinson / AP A single Army mom who refused to follow her unit to Afghanistan because she had no one to care for her infant son will be discharged from the military, but not...

War and Economy Take Toll on Kids' Mental Health

Military children suffer through war and recession. Photo: sxc.hu
According to the Pentagon, 2003 saw about one million children of U.S. military troops seek outpatient mental care. By 2008, that number had doubled. What happened in those fives...

Katie Holmes, Reading Month, and Pregnancy Heartburn - Links We Love

A North Carolina mom called back by the Army four years after honorable discharge was excused from service after she reported for duty with her kids in tow. Guess Uncle Sam didn't want to babysit. -- Strollerderby Katie Holmes opens up to Glamour...

Newborn surprises mom and Army dad on leave

Normita Malmberg's boyfriend was going to surprise her with an engagement ring while he was home on a two-week leave from Iraq. Instead, she surprised him by giving birth to their first child, a baby boy that neither of them knew was coming. Malmberg...

Birthday girl gets a man

Even though she was only turning seven years old, young Amber Birdsall wanted just one thing for her birthday -- a man. Of course, it wasn't just any man she was after, it was her stepfather, a United States Army soldier stationed in Guantanamo Bay,...

Military schools go public in Chicago

When my sister's boys start acting up, she sometimes pulls out the old military school threat. As in, "you had better straighten up or I will send you off to military school!" Of course, that is an idle threat because even if she wanted to, she could...

Does the military belong in public schools?

One of my favorite memories of high school was riding around downtown San Francisco with a bunch of guys in the back of a pickup truck, each of us carrying a rifle. The looks we got from passersby were priceless. Of course, the guns were not live...

Army Sergeant makes it to daughter's birth -- the hard way

It must really suck to be in the military and get deployed overseas when your wife is pregnant. Unfortunately, I'm sure that happens altogether far too often, especially these days. I was lucky enough to be there for the birth of both of my kids, but...

Military giving high school drop-outs a second chance

The war in Iraq has strained America's military to the point where qualified new recruits are getting harder to come by. A high school diploma is a requirement in all branches of the military, but now the military is aiming to bring high-school...

Memorial Day and the Golden Gate National Cemetery

We live near the Golden Gate National Cemetery, a site where thousands of American military heroes are buried. My father is among them. Despite never having seen combat, having spent only a couple years pushing papers in Northern California at the...

Product Recall: "Soldier Bear" Toy Sets

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service of Dallas, Texas and Toy Century Industrial Ltd. of Hong Kong, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling their Invincibles Transport Converters Toy Sets. The paint...

Dr. Laura's son investigated for 'repulsive' MySpage page

Dr. Laura is a well-known radio personality who hosts her own show giving advice to callers on marriage, family, parenting, divorce and everything in between. She has fans and foes and those who just don't care, but either way, the woman is famous...

Newborn drafted by German army

Imagine being the mother of a 4-week-old baby, and already receiving mail from the army on his behalf. Then imagine opening that envelope to discover that your son had been ordered to report for duty within 10 days. I imagine I would've been pretty...

Deployed dad's home visit no excuse for missing school

So, your dad's been in Iraq on duty with the Army? He's coming home for two weeks and then going back? Bummer that you'll be stuck in school, eh? That's the attitude of Lee Griffin, the principal and founder of Children Reaching for the Sky, an...

Come on kids, join the Army, there's no war!

If your high school senior still believes in Santa Claus, thinks s/he will one day grow up to be a princess/dinosaur/puppy, and/or lives alone -- in a cave -- detached from every single media outlet, you may want to keep him or her away from Army...

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