Staff Sgt. Mario Tenario, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division trains Afghan National Army soldiers how to inspect equipment.

Considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan has been wracked by continuous war for over three decades. The U.S., U.K., Australia, France, and Afghan United Front began Operation Enduring Freedom on October 7th, 2001 in response to the September 11th attacks in the U.S. The mission focused on the the overthrow of the Taliban government, as well as the ouster of Al Qaida and it leaders, including Osama Bin Laden. With over a decade of combat, it has become the second longest war in the U.S. history. The conflict has resulted in over two thousand U.S. troops killed.

With the death of Bin Laden, the U.S. is formulating plans for withdrawal from the region. President Obama has announced an end to combat operations, but an unknown number of troops will likely remain in the country after the 2014 deadline. Afghanistan is currently seeking financial assistance from other countries to assist in the reconstruction process.

Afghanistan has been populated for millennia, seeing the rise and fall of empires, kingdoms, and religions. Islam -- which influences much of its current culture and politics -- is the most popular religion in the region. The current estimated population is over 30 million, with Pashtun and Tajik as the two largest ethnicities.

National Guardsman Sentenced to 20 Months in Jail Corruption Sting

Gripping bars in jail.

When his National Guard company was up for deployment to Afghanistan in 2013, Derrick Jones could have retired. Instead, the 23-year veteran went to the war zone, wanting to ensure the company had enough seasoned veterans and "see that the mission was a complete success," according to one of his supervisors. But while he was overseas, federal a... more

Pendleton Marines Train for Large-Scale Deployment

Marines in the combat operations center plan an attack on an enemy force occupying a partner nation during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- At the northwestern tip of this massive base, hundreds of Marines spent the last 10 days preparing for full-scale war. It's the first time in more than a decade they are training for this type of combat, all aligned with new guidance from the commandant. Gen. Joseph Dunford expects all Marine units to be "physically an... more

West Virginia State Veteran's Benefits

The state of West Virginia provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits. Veteran Housing Benefits Veteran Financial Assistance Benefits Veteran Employment Benefits Veteran Education Benefits Other State Veteran Benefits West Virginia Veteran Housing Pro... more

PTSD Treatment Options


As a new generation of service members returns from deployment, the Department of Defense (DoD) is faced with the challenge of identifying the most effective methods of treatment to address posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prevalence estimates of PTSD symptoms based on self-report surveys among warriors in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanis... more

New Book Tells Story of Revolutionary War Hero John Stark

A statue of Gen. John Stark is seen on the Statehouse lawn Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Stark’s Live Free or Die quote grace New Hampshire’s license plates, but few outside of New England know who the revolutionary war hero is.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — His words grace New Hampshire's license plates — "Live Free or Die" — yet most people outside New England would be hard-pressed to identify Gen. John Stark , despite his heroics in two 18th century wars, including key roles in some of the American Revolution's most significant bat... more

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