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  • Military Families Can Save Big at NBA Games

    Military Families Can Save Big at NBA Games

    As Major League Baseball puts away the bats and pinstripes after another season, the NBA is just getting geared up. Military families are in for a treat: many NBA teams offer discounts to military members and their families. The NBA has partnered with GovX to provide active, reserve, veteran and retired military service members discounted tickets to NBA games online with valid military ID. Here's a list of NBA tea…

  • To the Battlefield and Beyond: Military Members in Outer Space

    To the Battlefield and Beyond: Military Members in Outer Space

    Ever thought of becoming an astronaut? Who hasn't? While military service certainly isn't required to join NASA, it might help. 219 of the 330 current and former U.S. astronauts also served in the armed forces. Though they've mostly served in the Air Force and Navy, every branch has been represented. Many of the most famous NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn, were members of t…

  • Finding Success Outside the Ribbon Rack

    Finding Success Outside the Ribbon Rack

    People like to be comfortable. We also like to make sense out of the chaos that surrounds us. We find the best way of doing this is to rank and organize everything around us, including accomplishments. This happens even more so as veterans, because we've lived our lives in rigid rank structures. We wear our achievements right on our chests for all to see – obviously something that you'll never see in the civilia…

  • 7 Comic Book Heroes Who Once Wore Dog Tags

    7 Comic Book Heroes Who Once Wore Dog Tags

    With a slew of upcoming big-budget comic book movies, superheroes are seeing a resurgence, as a whole new generation discovers that "with great power, comes great responsibility." Many of these heroes laid down their lives as members of the armed forces before they ever received their powers. Their service helped shape them into the cultural icons that they would one day become. Military service means different…

  • My Humbling Transition to Civilian Life

    I was out to dinner with my wife the other night when I caught myself saying to the waiter, “But I’m a veteran!” It got me to thinking about how much I use that term in a negative manner. I’ve been the guy that cursed out the young cashier at Best Buy because she asked for my ID when I bought an R-rated movie. “I’m a veteran,” I said, to excuse my behavior. What an absolute fool, right? Just because w…

  • John Basilone: Returning to the Fight After Earning Medal of Honor

    "On Guadalcanal, he'd become a hero. But returning to the war in Iwo Jima made him a legend," Diane Hawkins said of her uncle, WWII hero John Basilone, in her documentary. He was touring the country, encouraging people to buy war bonds, and had high hopes as a movie star. But he decided to go back to war. Basilone, who served in the Marine Corps, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions on Oc…

  • Did You Know These Educational Benefits Existed?

    Did You Know These Educational Benefits Existed?

    There is no such thing as absolute freedom. While terrifying and disheartening to admit, it’s also the truth. But the absence of absolute freedom doesn't keep us from fighting for what we believe to be right. Freedom can be seen both through the eyes of the past and of the present, whether it was WWII, the civil rights movement, women’s right to vote or the now-unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. The …

  • Staying Positive as a Veteran and How It Can Change Your Life

    Staying Positive as a Veteran and How It Can Change Your Life

    On too many occasions, I've fallen into the trap of being the negative veteran. I've cursed Veterans Affairs when I felt they weren't acting quickly enough; I've felt misunderstood by friends, family and peers; I've even chosen to stand apart from other veterans at times, angry at them because they reminded me of the tough times in my life. And with each of these choices — and I strongly emphasize the word "c…

  • Finding Peace In The Rubble: Continuing To Serve With Team Rubicon

    Finding Peace In The Rubble: Continuing To Serve With Team Rubicon

    Editor's note: The following story by Veterans United's Levi Newman details his experience with Team Rubicon and the cleanup efforts the group volunteered for in Moore, Okla., following the tornado in May 2013. When I joined Team Rubicon to help provide disaster relief in Moore, Okla., I volunteered with the assumption that I knew what disaster relief was all about. I knew we’d work hard, that the sun would b…

  • Smaller Than The NYPD: What You Didn't Know About The Coast Guard

    Smaller Than The NYPD: What You Didn’t Know About The Coast Guard

    Though they may not have the size or notoriety of some other branches, the Coast Guard has been hard at work defending the shores of the United States for over 200 years. And that's not the only facet of Coast Guard history that's under-appreciated. Here’s your chance to learn a little bit more about the "coasties," one of the oldest branches of the military. History and Smugglers Think the Navy is o…