‘Prisoners of War’ Season 2 Arrives on DVD

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The second season of Prisoners of War, the Israeli TV drama series that inspired Homeland, as just been released on DVD by Shout! Factory, just a few months after the home video release of season one. +Continue Reading

Should VA Disability Checks Be Used to Pay Alimony?

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When a veteran returns home with a disability, they’re usually provided financial assistance through the Veteran’s Administration (VA). For Florida-based veteran Terry Lynn, his case was typical until he divorced his wife, Kathy Lynn. Part of the divorce ruling allotted a portion of Lynn’s VA checks to financial assistance for Kathy Lynn. However, rather than pay the money, Lynn decided to face jail. +Continue Reading

Director Claudia Myers Talks ‘Fort Bliss’

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Most military-themed movies we cover around here either celebrate the actual awesomeness of special forces and their missions or are really just low-budget action ‘80s-style movies with some United States military logos slapped on for credibility. Fort Bliss aims to tell a story far more connected to the everyday reality faced by most of the men and women who serve.

Michelle Monaghan plays Maggie Swann, an Army medic who’s also a single mother. She returns from duty in Afghanistan to discover that her ex-husband is getting remarried and that her five-year-old son doesn’t remember his mother. The movie portrays her efforts to reconnect with her son and balance her family obligations with the love of her job.

Maggie makes career decisions no different than the ones made by thousands of men who serve but the sacrifices that go into those decisions are intensified by the fact she’s a mother instead of a father. The film doesn’t delve into the breakdown of her marriage, treating a dissolved relationship in a matter-of-fact way that’s probably closer to the life experiences of a lot of divorced people. There are flashbacks to sexual harassment in Afghanistan and a surprise redeployment that exacerbates her family issues. +Continue Reading

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #6: Tiger I

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The Germans used the Tiger I tank on the North African, Soviet and European fronts. Weighing a massive 120,000 lbs. and measuring 27 ft 9 in. long by 9 ft 10 in. tall, this heavy tank struck fear in its enemies. It was expensive to maintain and operate, leading to its replacement by the Tiger II in 1944. Its main armament was a 88mm gun backed up by two 7.92mm machine guns.

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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

Headphones for the Marshall Amp Lover

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The Marshall Major headphones weren’t actually created by legendary guitar amp designer Jim Marshall, but any musician or sound engineer or even a rock fan with a love of that amplifier’s sound is going to have a soft spot for these. Swedish manfacturer Zounds (who also make UrbanEars headphones) have created a design that evokes the actual amp and deliver really good sound for the price. +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

Mark Wahlberg, Average Guy

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is out today as a Digital Download (Blu-ray and DVD will follow on September 30th). The latest in Michael Bay’s movie series is sort of a reboot, with Mark Wahlberg cast as new lead character Cade Yeager. In our exclusive bonus clip (below), the filmmakers talk about Wahlberg’s average-guy appeal and how his character provides a contrast to the wealthy corporate owners who aim to control the Transformer technology. +Continue Reading

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #5: M3 Grant/Lee

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The M3 Grant/Lee is the latest in our series of WWII tanks from Fury. Used by the Allies in the European, North African and Pacific theaters, the tank was 18 ft. 6 in. long and 10 ft, 3 in. tall and weighed in at 12 tons. There were two main armaments, a 75mm gun and  a 37mm gun, along with 4 .30 Browning machine guns. While the tank provided above-average protection to its crew, the M3 Grant/Lee did not perform well off-road and was replaced by the M4 Sherman. +Continue Reading

A Quick & Easy Auto Option: JunoPower JMPR

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The JunoPower JUMPR looks like a lot of other backup batteries we’ve reviewed and it does a great job charging your tablet or smartphone. It aims to justify its $99 price by also coming with a pair of custom jumper cables that you can use to start a car with a dead battery. +Continue Reading