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  • That's a Wrap: Will Military Installation Movie Theaters Disappear?

    That’s a Wrap: Will Military Installation Movie Theaters Disappear?

    Technological advancement has changed the film industry substantially over the last 100 years. Until recently, development of new equipment was gradual, meaning there was always a healthy growth of smaller, less-profitable theaters. But, over the last five years, things have changed dramatically. How will movie theaters across the country adjust to this abrupt about-face? American Theaters Struggle with Change 3…

  • Here's How Veterans Can Score Free Tickets

    Here’s How Veterans Can Score Free Tickets

    When you go to a concert or sporting event, there's often a scattering of empty seats about. Usually, those seats were purchased, but their owners couldn't come for one reason or another. Until recently, there wasn't much you could do about it. But now, if you're ever in that sticky situation, there's a military-friendly solution: Veteran Tickets Foundation. The premise behind the organization is for civilians and…

  • Ketchup Bottles and Dog Treats: Unique Ways to Give Back to the Military Community

    Ketchup Bottles and Dog Treats: Unique Ways to Give Back to the Military Community

    This time of year is especially important for charities as many people channel the holiday spirit into donating to some of their favorite causes. In fact, according to Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, 24 percent of charitable donations were given between Thanksgiving and New Years. If you’re in the giving spirit but still feeling the pinch of the holidays on your wallet or looking for something mo…

  • Wounded Veterans Find Relief in New Homes

    Wounded Veterans Find Relief in New Homes

    The effort it takes to build specially adapted houses for veterans is a huge but necessary undertaking. Hundreds of soldiers across the country already need our help and more come home each day suffering from life-altering disabilities and injuries sustained while fighting for our freedom. That’s why Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, is an organization that’s making a difference. Founded in 2004, they…

  • Remembering the World War I Christmas Truce

    Remembering the World War I Christmas Truce

    No memo was sent down and no order was given, but on Christmas Eve 1914 the guns silenced for many German, English and French soldiers on the Western Front in Europe. With hesitation, after many requests for the other side to come over, the bitter enemies trudged out into the infamous no man's land to exchange holiday greetings, cigarettes and food. This was a spontaneous, unofficial cease fire in the face of the…

  • My Journey on the Road Less Traveled: One Soldier's Story

    My Journey on the Road Less Traveled: One Soldier’s Story

    Today, as I prepare to graduate from college, I decided to sit down and reflect on the journey I took to get here. I want to share my story with you in the hopes that you find inspiration. When it came time for me to transition out of the Army I was like any other soldier — nervous and a bit lost. I had no job lined up and no place to move to after ETSing. My now ex-wife had decided that working in Iraq as a contr…

  • Tradition Comes First in Storied Army-Navy Football Game

    Tradition Comes First in Storied Army-Navy Football Game

    Whether it’s dropping to give “ten to the wind” at Ft. Campbell or the 3rd Infantry Division’s “Dog Face Soldier", tradition will always be part of the U.S. military, just as history is. The West Point cadets and the midshipmen of Annapolis know this better than anyone, as they carry on their annual traditions during this year’s Army-Navy football game. Here are five of the best traditions surrounding …

  • Social Soldiers: 4 Social Media Sites for Military Members

    Social Soldiers: 4 Social Media Sites for Military Members

    Social media has, in many ways, been a great blessing to the military. What were once great distances between deployed troops and the loved ones they leave behind can now seem a little smaller. Thanks to free tools such as Facebook, Skype and instant messaging, to name just a few, global communication is much less complicated. Social media is also helping military members once they return home. A number of sites h…

  • The Old Guard: Protecting the Tomb of the Unknowns Since 1937

    The Old Guard: Protecting the Tomb of the Unknowns Since 1937

    Since the Revolutionary War in 1775, nearly 1.5 million American men and women have given their lives to protect the freedoms and interests of the United States of America. And over those last 231 years, the U.S. Army has learned what it means to truly commemorate those that have fallen in battle, by establishing the Tomb of the Unknowns. In 1921, shortly after World War I, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation to d…