Archive for: Iraq

An Army Vet Faces a Decision on ‘The Briefcase’

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Army veteran Dave Bronson and his wife Cara are featured on the new CBS reality show The Briefcase, premiering on Wednesday May 28 at 8pm ET/PT. Dave was injured in Iraq when an IED destroyed his Humvee and now he uses a prosthetic leg. The couple lives in Manchester, NH and, when the program was filmed, were building a new home using VA grants and expecting their second child.

The show’s premise is pretty tough: families who are dealing with financial issues are given a briefcase containing $101,000 and they’re given 72 hours to decide what to do with the money. They can keep all of it for themselves or give some or all of the cash to another family in need. Everything gets filmed and America gets to watch. +Continue Reading

Darius Rucker Surprises a Veteran With a New Home!

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Country singer (and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman) Darius Rucker visited the Today show this week to promote his Southern Style summer tour and to give away a house to a deserving veteran. Army veteran Daniel Branham served 15 months in Iraq. After he was injured in an IED attack, Branham drove his vehicle to rescue nine soldiers from a gas attack.

Branham believed he was there as part of a tour promotion that will give veterans and their families tickets to Rucker’s shows. What he didn’t know was that General Leroy Sisco from the Military Warriors Support Foundation was also there to join Darius in surprising Daniel with keys to a (paid-for) new house in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  +Continue Reading

Military Date Night With ‘Amira & Sam’

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West Point graduate Sean Mullin served as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers stationed at Ground Zero after 9/11 as a Captain in the Army National Guard. He’s gone on to perform stand-up comedy and now he’s written and directed Amira & Sam, a feature film about Army vet Sam Seneca (played by Martin Starr) home from service in Iraq.

It’s a romantic comedy, so nothing gets too heavy, but Sam tries to make sense of an America that doesn’t have much connection to the wars it’s fighting and the people who served. He gets involved with his cousin’s Wall Street schemes (Paul Wesley from The Vampire Diaries) and falls in love with Amira (played by Dina Shahibi), the niece of an Iraqi translator now living in New York. Amira’s here illegally and they try to sort out their romance while she’s facing deportation. Spoiler: love wins in the end. This is a rare leading role for Starr, an underrated actor who’s given consistently first-rate performances in movies and TV shows like Freaks & Geeks, Silicon Valley, Knocked Up, Party Down, Superbad and This is the End.

Distributor Alamo Drafthouse Films is promoting the movie with a Military Date Night deal for service members this weekend. Check out a trailer for the movie and complete details about the promotion below.

Bonus: this is an excellent movie (along with Fort Blissto recommend to all your friends and neighbors who are suddenly aware of veterans issues now that they’ve seen American Sniper.

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Settling Scores in ‘American War Generals’

Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014: Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)   National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for "American War Generals" September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)

Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014:
Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)
National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for “American War Generals” September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)

By Richard Sisk

The memory banks of generals tend to be cluttered no-go areas where laundry lists of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ second guesses are piled on top of the “if onlys.”

As in, if only this or that President, or Defense Secretary, or rear echelon dimwit had listened to me, well then, sweet victory would have been mine.

There’s a lot of that going in National Geographic’s compelling, if Army-centric, two-hour documentary American War Generals, billed as “a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them.” +Continue Reading

Marine Vet Michael Pitre Wrote a Novel & It’s Great

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Fives and Twenty-Fives tells the story a USMC Road Repair Platoon in Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Pitre explores his characters’ post-war lives and flashes back to their time in Iraq. The author was a creative writing major at LSU before he joined the Marines after 9/11 and it’s obvious he took a lot of notes during his service. The scenes set in Iraq are full of telling details and he does a great job of capturing the camaraderie of his characters and both the tedium and critical danger in the job they perform. +Continue Reading

‘Coming Back’ With Sgt. Bobby Henline

  • May 5, 2014
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Coming Back with Wes Moore is a three-part PBS documentary that personalizes the experiences of returning veterans and celebrates the lives of this group of exceptional people. The series explores the experiences of nine veterans for an American civilian audience that overwhelmingly has no direct connection to the experiences of the men and women who served. +Continue Reading

Army-Navy Football & Service After 9/11 in ‘All American’

  • October 31, 2013
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Sportswriter Steve Eubanks had a great idea: write a book that follows one player each from the Army and Navy football teams who participated in the 2001 game through their military careers. With some help from the Army and Navy SIDs, he chose Army QB Chad Jenkins and Navy LB Brian Stann and uses their stories as the basis for All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq. +Continue Reading

J.R. Martinez is Tearing It Up on DWTS

  • October 13, 2011
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It’s been a while since we checked in on Iraq veteran J.R. Martinez to see how things are going on Dancing With the Stars. In a season full of controversy (Chaz Bono’s gender switch, Nancy’s Grace’s wardrobe malfunction), Martinez is quietly racking up some high scores. It’s starting to look like he might just win the whole thing. +Continue Reading

12 Minutes of Battlefield 3

EA’s Battlefield 3 won’t be released until this fall but you can get yourself ready with this twelve-minute gameplay trailer. It’s set in Iraq and, while your team of U.S. Marines is supposedly fighting a fictional insurgent group called the “PLR,” it’s not hard to see who the enemy’s supposed to be.

The Danger Pay Gamble

  • February 7, 2011
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“What’s the best way to make a small fortune in the movie business? Start out with a large one.”*

The lure of Hollywood was strong enough for several soldiers serving in Iraq that they reportedly took their danger pay and invested it all in a low-budget horror movie called 2084 that stars Billy West, best known for creating the voice of Stimpy in Ren & Stimpy. +Continue Reading