Archive for: veterans

How a Veteran MC Inspired a Zombie Novel

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Author Dana Fredsti recently published Plague World, the latest in her series of Ashley Parker zombie novels. She’s previously written for us about her experiences watching war movies with her dad and the research that went into getting her zombies right.

This time she talks about how she created characters inspired by the Veterans’ Allegiance VMC Motorcycle club and how she got their permission to use them in her novel. +Continue Reading

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

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

Archie Takes a Bullet for a Gay Veteran

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In the latest issue of Life With Archie, Archie Andrews dies when he steps in front of a bullet intended for his best friend Kevin Keller, the gay veteran and gun control advocated who’s launched a political career after his husband is the victim of a mall shooting.

Let’s pause a moment to let everyone who hasn’t seen an Archie comic since the 1970s to catch their breath. +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

Wes Moore Talks About His PBS Series ‘Coming Back’

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Coming Back With Wes Moore is a three-part series starting Tuesday May 13th on PBS stations around the country. The program attempts to present the experiences of the men and women who have served overseas in a more realistic context for the vast majority of Americans who don’t have any direct connect to the military, to move beyond the rote “Thank you for your service” greetings men and women in uniform are used to hearing. +Continue Reading

Navy Vet Invents the BakBone, a Better Way to Hold an iPad

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Navy veteran and physician Paul Webber wanted an easy way to hold his iPad when doing bedside data entry, but he couldn’t find a device that was also easily sterilized to use in a hospital environment. That inspired him to invent the BakBone, a ring that attaches to the back of a tablet computer. +Continue Reading

‘One on One’ With Griffin House

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Griffin House is a songwriter’s songwriter.  Unlike so many commercialized pop acts of today, the Ohio native crafts a story rather than just a catchy chorus. House has a deep appreciation for those that serve and have served in our nation’s Armed Forces.  He talked with me about what inspires his songs and his life. +Continue Reading

Pin-Ups For Vets 2014 Features Actual Veterans

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The 2014 Pin-Ups For Vets Calendar is available for pre-order and we’ve got a few images shared by founder and lead model Gina Elise, including the one featuring the male veterans they found through an open casting call.

Jayson Adler (Army), Phillip Gomez (USCG), Alex Minsky (Marines), PJ Walsh (Navy), Chris Crane (USAF) join Gina Elise on the November calendar page (in honor of Veterans Day). This year’s calendar also features Mylee YC, a female Army veteran (and breast cancer survior) and Kelly Serio, a female Navy vet. Returning from 2013 are UFC tonight host Leeann Tweeden and the first female NBA scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin. +Continue Reading