Archive for the ‘Offbeat’ Category

Tickets for Troops With VetTix

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The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a military charity with a remarkably straightforward mission: they distribute tickets to concerts, sporting events, performing arts and other family activities to active duty military, veterans and their families (and the families of those killed in action) via their VetTix​.org website.

The organization works with promoters, artists and teams to pair seats that might otherwise go empty with its members. They also accept individual donations and provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences via their Hero’s Wish program. +Continue Reading

Go All Veteran With the ‘Pin-ups For Vets’ 2015 Calendar

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Gina Elise’s Pin-Ups For Vets calendar has just published its 2015 edition with a new twist: all twelve models are veterans who represent four branches of the U.S. military. +Continue Reading

Sailor Treated for Addiction to Google Glass

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Ever since Google Glass was released, it has inspired excitement and invited controversy. Consumer and critic opinions have run the gamut from despising to adoring the inventive, wearable computer.  However, an unidentified Sailor has experienced a very negative side effect of using the device: addiction. +Continue Reading

Amputee Army Veteran on the Cover of ‘Men’s Health’

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As far as icons of health and beauty go, people with noticeable disabilities rarely make the list. However, a double amputee was featured on the November cover of Men’s Health magazine. He lost his left arm and left leg overseas while deployed in Iraq, but that didn’t stop him from getting fit and staying in remarkable shape. A former Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Noah Galloway’s story will resonate with most veterans who suffered injury during their service. +Continue Reading

Kid Sees Mom, Ignores Protocol

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Young Cooper Waldvogel has no use for military protocol. When his mom Kathryn Waldvogel returned with Minnesota National Guard’s Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company from a nine-month tour of Afghanistan, Cooper ran across the auditorium at the Inver Heights Training Center and leapt into his mother’s arms even though soldiers had been ordered not to greet their families until they’d been dismissed.

TV station KARE was there and captured the moment. Check out the video below. +Continue Reading

Little Girl Beats ROTC Marine in Push-Up Competition

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It’s one of the simplest workouts to pull off, but it takes form and endurance: two qualities a young lady displayed in full when she trounced a Marine Corps ROTC cadet in a push-up competition. The contest took place during a fundraising event for Active Heroes, a charity geared to help military families with therapy, home repairs, financial assistance, and other points of stress in daily life.  +Continue Reading

Free Falling With the Leap Frogs

  • September 5, 2014
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The U.S. Navy Parachute Team (a/k/a the “Leap Frogs”) is made up of Navy SEAL frogmen on loan from their team or  NSW units. This video details their mission as one of the public faces of the United States Military.

Check out more great military videos at Military.com’s video channel.

Did DeAngelo Williams Really Salute the Troops?

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Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams caused quite a stir on Facebook Monday when he posted the above photo to his timeline.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Williams immediately got some negative feedback from the FB haters (“u seem to like being showy about it too”) but most followers applauded the gesture (“all I got to say is mad respect. Thanks for the support to vets”).

Then a few observers looked closely at the photograph. +Continue Reading

‘Oops? What the F*@! You Mean Oops?’ Top Drone Pilot Quotes

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Drone operators are in a unique position on the battlefield. They’re not physically present, but the UAVs they control are. Anyone who’s seen combat knows the type of chatter that comes with a firefight, but few know the unique, frustrated grunts of drone operators. Thanks to the Washington Post and a few captured lines from ground control station audio recordings, now we get the chance. +Continue Reading

Why Veterans Miss the War

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By Ho Lin

There’s a scene in the very first episode of Sherlock, the modern version of the Sherlock Holmes myth, in which Dr. Watson, now a shell-shocked survivor of 21st century Afghanistan, is confronted by a shady power broker. The man notes that Watson’s hand, usually afflicted with the shakes, is now deadly still in the midst of their tense confrontation.  “You’re not haunted by the war, Dr. Watson,” the mystery man smirks. “You miss it.” +Continue Reading