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  • Support Our Troops, Write a Letter

    Support Our Troops, Write a Letter

    Do you get excited when when you open your mailbox and find an expected letter from a friend or family member, or when you get a random text message from an old friend? Now, take that feeling and amplify it tenfold. That's what it feels like to receive a letter when you're deployed. Writing letters is a great tradition and becoming a pen pal to an American troop overseas is one of the many ways you can support our…

  • What Deployed Troops Really Want in Their Care Packages

    What Deployed Troops Really Want in Their Care Packages

    Being deployed to Iraq had its ups and downs, but receiving packages from home definitely made the time I spent there less stressful. Some of the best care packages I received were the ones that had practical items in it. We don't have a whole lot of room for clutter, so sometimes the things that are most important to us are the most useful things that help us do our job. While it's nice to get a sentimental to…

  • Military Families Can Save Big at NHL Games This Season

    As the winter winds bring back the cold weather and holiday season, the National Hockey League hits the ice for another season. Military families can receive discounted tickets to select teams’ home games throughout the 2016-17 NHL season. The NHL has partnered with GovX to provide active, reserve, veteran and retired military service members discounted tickets to NHL games with a valid military ID. Discounts an…

  • 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…

  • Gary Sinise: A Conversation With This Generation’s Bob Hope

    Gary Sinise: A Conversation With This Generation’s Bob Hope

    Sitting on a sectional in his sunlit office in Los Angeles, Gary Sinise likes to tell stories that enliven the hundreds of framed photographs covering his walls and shelves. The longtime actor becomes especially animated when he leans forward to talk about four black and white photos — one of his grandfather from World War I, two others of his uncles in World War II, and one of his father, who served in the Navy du…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Bittersweet Story Behind the 20 Millionth VA Mortgage

    The Bittersweet Story Behind the 20 Millionth VA Mortgage

    Joey Carpenter likes fast cars and Captain America. A couple years ago, Joey, now 4, lost a super hero in his life -- his Dad. Army Capt. Matt Carpenter, an Iraq War veteran, was readying for another deployment when he started to mysteriously itch. Tests revealed a progressive form of cancer. The West Point graduate was just 29 years old when he died. Now raising Joey on her own, Beth Carpenter wanted to be closer to her family. She needed a new house and a home loan. The VA has s…

  • 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…