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  • The Service Members' Secret to Nearly Free Flights

    The Service Members’ Secret to Nearly Free Flights

    If you and your family are looking for nearly free flights, then flying Space Available, also known as "Space-A," might just be your answer. Traveling Space-A is no easy task. It's an adventure in itself. But if you have the patience and flexibility your work will pay off. After all, who doesn't want travel cheaply? The Basics So, what is Space-A? In a nutshell, it's a way service members and their f…

  • 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…

  • Ross McGinnis: Soldier's Leap onto Grenade Saves 4

    Ross McGinnis: Soldier’s Leap onto Grenade Saves 4

    Next in our Medal of Honor series, which honors our Medal of Honor recipients, is the story about Ross McGinnis. McGinnis, who served in the Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on June 2, 2008 for his courageous actions on Dec. 4, 2006, in Iraq. He was the fourth service member to receive the Medal of Honor during the Iraq War. Early Life McGinnis was born on Flag Day (June 14), 198…

  • VA Taking Major Steps Toward Eliminating GI Bill Scams

    VA Taking Major Steps Toward Eliminating GI Bill Scams

    Celebrate the New Year knowing that it is becoming much more difficult for fraudulent educational services and schools to scam veterans out of their GI Bill benefits. Last month, the VA officially announced their ownership of the term GI Bill, which will greatly cut down on the ways in which non-government affiliated companies can use the term in marketing. The Problem Why all the hubbub about for-profit schools …

  • 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…

  • What Military Reservists Can Do To Change Bleak Employment Outlook

    What Military Reservists Can Do To Change Bleak Employment Outlook

    Employment gains for returning troops have been on the rise over the past few years, thanks to tax credits for employers, more recruitment events and new online tools to aid the job search process.  For returning National Guard members and other military reservists, however, the picture is a bit bleaker. Unemployment is estimated to be about 20 percent among returning National Guard soldiers and airmen…