Share Your Story: Veterans Legacies Project Launches Ambitious Program to Preserve and Share the Stories of our Veterans

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The nonprofit organization Historical Outreach Foundation has launched an ambitious program to preserve and share the stories of our nation’s veterans. “The Veterans Legacies Project was born from a need to preserve the history of our WWII and Korean veterans before they are all gone,” said Jonathan Sanford, executive director of the project. +Continue Reading

John Renehan’s Mysteries of Afghanistan

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John Renehan’s debut novel The Valley starts off as a detective novel about an Army lieutenant conducting a 15–6 investigation at a remote outpost in Afghanistan. Renehan’s Lt. Black reads a Michael Connelly novel at the FOB before he heads up to the Valley and one of the soldiers shares a last named with Connelly’s iconic LAPD detective Harry Bosch.

But The Valley isn’t really a straight police procedural. Renehan subverts the genre to tell a story about the disconnection of life on the front lines, how the reality on the ground differs from the stated goals promoted by military brass and the Army’s internal politics.  +Continue Reading

This Weekend’s Biggest Sporting Event is ‘Call of Duty’

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Here’s a fact: this weekend’s #1 sporting event for the under-30 set isn’t the NCAA basketball Elite Eight. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, with 32 teams competing for a $1 million prize pool. The winning squad takes home $400,000. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should We Ditch Veteran Preference and Military Discounts?

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A recent piece in the Washington Post asserts that, when military folks ask for discounts, they’re damaging civilian-veteran relations. The author, retired Army lieutenant colonel Dave Duffy, argues that military service, or being a member of the same family as someone who served, should not warrant special treatment in the civilian world. Our own SpouseBuzz editor Amy Bushatz weighed in with a counter to Duffy: most veteran and military discounts are usually offered for business reasons, not entirely as a benevolent gesture. She suggests that a simple, polite inquiry about veteran discounts is okay. +Continue Reading

Veteran Jayson Floyd Talks About PTSD & ‘TWILDM’

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Military​.com has partnered with TakePart​.com, Participant Media’s digital magazine and social action platform to present a powerful documentary, That Which I Love Destroys Me. The film offers a candid look at PTSD through the eyes of two Special Operations veterans –Tyler Grey and Jayson Floyd – and charts their journeys toward healing through their struggles to rebuild relationships with family and exploring their trauma up close.

You can watch the entire film here through the end of March. Jayson Floyd talked with us about his experiences making the film and how talking about his issues really has helped him manage and work thr0ugh his PTSD. +Continue Reading

Luke Zamperini Remembers His Father

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Unbroken, the movie based on the astonishing life of World War II veteran and Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.  We’ve got an exclusive clip, a deleted scene that shows Louis’ resilience in a Japanese POW camp, and we talked to his son, Luke Zamperini, about the movie and his father’s legacy. +Continue Reading

‘Nose of a Dog, Heart of a Marine’

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Max (opening June 26th) tells the story of a Marine working dog who returns to the States after his trainer is killed in Afghanistan. Overcome with grief and unable to continue, Max seems unable to connect with anyone except Justin Wincott, the younger brother of Kyle, the Marine who trained Max. +Continue Reading

Cambridge Audio Go, Now With FM Radio

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Cambridge Audio has released the Go Radio as a companion to their Go Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker, a great option that I reviewed last year. The Go Radio sells for $199 online ($20 more than the Go) and adds FM radio to the mix. +Continue Reading

Readers React: Sean Penn Playing a Veteran?!

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When we first dropped news about Sean Penn portraying a veteran in The Gunman, we did not predict the type of reaction the article received. A divisive figure, Sean Penn has been an outspoken, left-leaning political activist for a very long time. He protested against the Iraq war before it even began, is vocally anti-gun, and advocates for same-sex marriage. More controversially, Penn has openly defended former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and even proclaimed that anyone who called Chavez a dictator should be arrested.

Considering his staunch political stances, the idea of Penn portraying a veteran of the U.S. military is unsettling to a few of our readers. Would you see The Gunman in spite of Penn’s politics, or is his association distasteful enough for you to forego the move entirely? +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Lower Drinking Age for Troops?

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The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to drinking age. There are very few countries that set the legal age of purchase at 21, and most opt for 18. But, Maryland State Sen. Ron Young is trying to get Maryland lawmakers to let service members imbibe at an earlier age. +Continue Reading