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  • 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…

  • Big Band in the Barracks: Looking Back At The Music of WWII and the Greatest Generation

    Big Band in the Barracks: Looking Back At The Music of WWII and the Greatest Generation

    "Here, there and everywhere, the stamping foot of the boogie piano player sets the tempo for nimble feet that dance the jitterbug," Pete Smith, the narrator for the 1944 short film "Groovie Movie," chimes. Swing and Big Band helped to define a culture and an era when great nations clashed on the battlefield in all corners of the globe. The music and dance of the late 30's and early 40's gave men and women an oppo…

  • Before TV: Watch WWII Like the Greatest Generation

    Before TV: Watch WWII Like the Greatest Generation

    For a small admission fee, you were once able to sit inside a movie theater and get a solid hour's worth of news and information from around the country and the world. This was not made possible by cable news or the Internet, but by the newsreel — a relic of a bygone era that informed, entertained and boosted morale. Newsreels played an important role in providing news to the public between 1911 and 1967, though…

  • Gloves 4 Troops: Through the Eyes of a Vietnam Veteran's Daughter

    Gloves 4 Troops: Through the Eyes of a Vietnam Veteran’s Daughter

    For decades, America's pastime has provided relief to baseball fans all over the county. It's a time for people to come together, forget their worries, and get lost in a simple game of baseball. Growing up in St. Louis, you have no other choice than to be a Cardinals fan. My love for the Redbirds stemmed from my dad, who, at 14 years old, went to spring training and snapped a picture with Stan "The Man" Musial…

  • Why and How to Learn a Second Language

    Why and How to Learn a Second Language

    "To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries, Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages," Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, declared at the Foreign Language Summit, in 2010. Only about 18 percent of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53 percent of Europeans can converse in a second language. Learning another language is hard work, …

  • Pollywog or Shellback: The Navy’s Line Crossing Ceremony Revealed

    Pollywog or Shellback: The Navy’s Line Crossing Ceremony Revealed

    The Navy is chock full of myth and tradition, and what happens at sea even affects our language. Many naval traditions, from the Sirens and Sea Monsters of the Odyssey to the boatswain's call, date back hundreds and even thousands of years. The Line Crossing Ceremony might just be the most interesting of today's naval traditions. A Time-Honored Tradition No one is really sure when or how the Lin…

  • Know Your Post-Service Life Insurance Options

    Know Your Post-Service Life Insurance Options

    Everyone on active duty and many guard personnel and reservists are enrolled in Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), but, after the military, how do you guarantee that your family is financially secure if something were to happen to you? Below are a variety of life insurance policies to consider in the civilian world after you've separated from the military. Veterans Group Life Insurance When you sep…

  • Kisseloff Children with First Pitches to Remember

    Kisseloff Children with First Pitches to Remember

    A grenade attack killed Sgt. Denis Kisseloff of St. Charles, Mo. in 2010, but his legacy lives on through a new award. Sgt. Kisseloff's children had previously lost their mother to an illness, so his passing left Aleks and Serena Kisseloff without parents. "I thought God would spare him because of the kids," said Mila Kisseloff, Sgt. Kisseloff's mother. Through a rain storm, members of Kisseloff's Missouri…

  • 10 Common Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Military Origins

    10 Common Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Military Origins

    The English language contains some fascinating, odd and funny words and phrases. Did you know that many of the things we say in everyday parlance have a military origin? Here's a list of some common things we say that found their beginnings in the armed forces. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" The telegraph was invented in the mid-19th century by Samuel Morse, and by 1861, telegraph wires stretch…