Are friends better for us than family? | ScienceDaily

The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar. In a pair of studies involving nearly 280,000 people, William Chopik found that friendships become increasingly important to one’s happiness and health across the lifespan. Not only that, but in older adults, friendships are ... Read More »

These Military Vets Have Found A Smarter Way To Fight The War On Terror | HuffPost

During four hard combat tours as a Marine commander, Jake Harriman began to understand why the United States is failing to eradicate violent Islamic extremism. Individual heroics and immense sacrifice over 16 years have enabled American combat troops and special forces to win their battles with the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Those extremist militias are virtually powerless ... Read More »

Heroes First: Veteran Innovators and Entrepreneurs in America | Entrepreneur

For all they do for our country, we often forget that veterans didn’t just serve to protect us. Very often, they also serve among us. You may not believe it, but 9 percent of all businesses in America are owned or run by veterans. This is clearly a powerful showing of the tenacity of veteran entrepreneurs. Even after they’ve served our country, they ... Read More »

VA defends plan to cut thousands from elderly vets’ benefits | MilitaryTimes

Veterans Affairs officials on Wednesday defended plans to strip tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits from elderly veterans as responsible reforms to the department’s growing budget, but opponents promised to fight the idea. Included in President Donald Trump’s $186.5 billion VA budget for fiscal 2018 — a nearly 6 percent boost in discretionary spending from this year — ... Read More »

Trump Budget Calls for 2.1% Military Pay Raise in 2018 |

President Donald Trump’s first defense budget proposal Tuesday included a 2.1 percent pay hike in 2018 as part of an overall plan that appeared to fall short of his campaign pledge to fund a “historic” rebuilding of the military. The pay request topped the proposal by the administration of former President Barack Obama for a military pay hike of 1.6 ... Read More »

This Man Helped Save a Thousand Escaped ISIS Slaves | Daily Beast

The Iraqi women who escaped from ISIS had their sights set on a new life in Germany. Where that was, they weren’t sure, but it was far away, they heard, and Dr. Mirza would take them there. His name was invoked all around the city of Duhok, in northern Iraq, from the dusty camps to the unfinished concrete houses where ... Read More »

How Trump Can Attack The Blood-Soaked, Money-Wasting Scandal Of How The Pentagon Develops Weapons | Forbes

What should Kushner and his team do? Tear into this bloodstained, massive mountain of bureaucratic muck on two fronts. First, dig up that Defense Business Board report. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. The findings there will give them all they need to mount a sustained, substantive attack that will yield the mother of all government reforms in U.S. ... Read More »

Want to Become the Best at What You Do? Read This. | Thrive Global

It doesn’t matter how good your strategy is, if you’re not skilled at what you do, that strategy won’t take you very far. As Jason Fried and DHH have said: “Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it’s the swing that matters, not the club. Give Tiger Woods a set of cheap clubs and he’ll still destroy you.” ... Read More »

Big changes coming to retention bonuses: Find out who can cash in and who’s losing out | ArmyTimes

Calling all first-term 11Bs: If you’re in your window to re-up, you have two weeks to make a decision before your $2,000-plus bonus vanishes. The Army is tweaking its selective retention bonuses for the third time this year as it works to retain 9,000 more soldiers than planned, officials told Army Times on Tuesday. The new bonus scheme takes effect ... Read More »

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day: Arnold Bennett on Living a Meaningful Life | FarnamStreet

Despite having been published in 1910, Arnold Bennett’s book How to Live on 24 Hours a Day remains a valuable resource on living a meaningful life within the constraints of time. In the book, Bennett addresses one of our oldest questions: how can we make the best use of our lives? How can we make the best use of our ... Read More »