Archive for: veterans

Former SEAL Kristin Beck Describes Her Journey

LADY VALOR: THE KRISTIN BECK STORY

Lady Valor is a documentary film about Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgendered woman on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program in 2013. The network then commissioned this film, aired it last month and now it’s available on VOD and DVD from Wolfe Video. Kristin Beck comes off as exactly the sort of badass you’d expect a special ops warrior to be. Over the course of an interview about her Navy career as Christopher Beck, she calmly describes her resumé and it’s spectacular.

The movie is aimed at everyone who’s not predisposed to understand or accept Kristin Beck’s transformation and highlights the role the United States Military has historically played in changing mainstream America’s attitudes about race, religion, national origin and sexuality. Beck thinks transgendered Americans can and will serve their country as well as anyone else. +Continue Reading

The Truth About ‘Fortunate Son’

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It’s pretty simple: “Fortunate Son” is a protest song written by a Vietnam-era veteran in support of the men who served and against the children of privilege who evaded the draft. +Continue Reading

Navy Vet Tom Anstead Launches Oceanis Dive Watch

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Navy veteran Tom Anstead is the bravest kind of entrepreneur: he launched a new watch company in a manufacturing field where many of the established players are hundreds of years old and some of the most beloved brands inspire intense loyalty in their customers. Anstead wanted to build a high quality dive watch and deliver it at a reasonable price. The second iteration of his Anstead Oceanis dive watch is now available for $499 for a limited time via Tom’s website.

The Oceanis is made from 316L stainless steel and comes with a Miyota 9015 movement. Anstead advertises water-resistance to 300 meters and 40 hours of power reserve, so you don’t have to wear the watch every day to keep it wound.  The hands and dial use a Super LumiNova coating for easy visibility and the 120-click unidirectional bezel offers more precise marker settings. +Continue Reading

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