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Readers React: Sean Penn Playing a Veteran?!


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

Nissan & Wounded Warrior Project Journey to Alaska

  • February 10, 2015
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In 2014, Nissan launched Project Titan in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project. Army veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon, two WWP alumni, were selected to take a trip through the Alaskan wilderness in an outfitted Nissan Titan truck. In September, they set out with a camera crew to document their journey and the resulting short film debuted on the History2 Channel last Veterans Day. The entire 21-minute film is worth watching and it’s embedded below.

The journey was suggested by journalist Joe Byers, who designed the trip after answering Nissan’s call for ideas at the 2014 SHOT Show. The company loved the concept and Byers joined Guzman and McMahon on the trip. Nissan executive Scot Cottick also participated in the project and Military​.com asked him to give us some insight into what he learned from the experience. +Continue Reading

10 Memorable Military Scandals of 2014


Despite the highest virtues espoused by the United States armed forces, some individuals slip up and discredit their institutions. Although their motivations range from poor judgment to egregious lack of integrity, each transgression is a mark against the U.S. military. Here are some of the most memorable scandals we reported on in 2014. +Continue Reading

82nd Airborne Wishes You a Merry Christmas

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The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus from Fort Bragg visited Huntsville, AL earlier this month and performed for Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville City Schools. Get in the holiday spirit with this performance of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” filmed during that trip.

Thanksgiving Greetings from Around the Military

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As you sit down for dinner tomorrow, give thanks for the men and women stationed around the globe who are defending their country and preserving the liberty of all Americans back home in the States. They can’t be with their loved ones on this holiday but, in the video below, several of them send Thanksgiving greetings to the folks back home. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and all the men and women who serve.

Paralyzed Vet Walks Again on ‘WWE Smackdown’

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On last Friday’s WWE Smackdown, the wrestling crew paid tribute to Sgt. Dan Rose, who served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and was paralyzed from the chest down in 2011 by an IED while serving in Afghanistan. +Continue Reading

PC Media File Management With ‘Nero 15′

  • November 4, 2014
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Anyone who lived through the Rip/Mix/Burn era and used a PC probably used Nero software to extract tunes from a disc and burn their mix CDs. Now that music has moved to the cloud and everyone’s streaming music, Ner0 has reinvented itself as a comprehensive media management suite, available in two versions Nero 2015 Classic and Nero 2015 Platinum, both featuring a new all-in-one launcher to remind you of the vast array of tools available. +Continue Reading

Monster Up Your Phone for Halloween

  • October 30, 2014
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It’s probably too late to track down one of these for a Halloween party, but the holiday gives us an excuse to run this excellent photo of the SwitchEasy Monsters case, which is available for the iPhone 5/5s ($19.99) and 5c ($24.99), the iPod Touch 5G ($19.99) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 ($9.99).  +Continue Reading

Happy Birthday to the United States Navy

The United States Navy predates the Declaration of Independence: the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775. Today marks the 239th birthday of one of the United States of America’s most revered institutions.

In the above video, narrated by actor Adam Baldwin of the TNT TV series The Last Ship, the Navy celebrates its anniversary. +Continue Reading