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  • 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 …

  • Google's VetNet Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

    Google’s VetNet Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

    Simplifying the transition from military to civilian life is one of the most pressing issues facing the community today as thousands return from Iraq and Afghanistan. A huge part of this transition is the search for employment and being able to qualify skills learned on-base to the business world. Because this task can seem overwhelming, organizations and tools have sprung up over the past several years to help ou…

  • 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…

  • Animal Tissue Used to Heal Injured Veteran

    Animal Tissue Used to Heal Injured Veteran

    Medical technology has advanced significantly since the days of the American Civil War, where a gunshot more often than not meant death for the soldier. Now, doctors are able to replace muscle destroyed from explosion by growing new muscle with the help of animal tissue. Dr. Peter Rubin of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is leading a study, in which he is learning how to use tissue from a pig to regrow…

  • Military Members Hampered by Student Loan Debt

    Military Members Hampered by Student Loan Debt

    Student loan debt among military service members is mounting and the Pentagon has recently announced its concern over the issue. A report recently released says that military members are having trouble understanding the student loan benefits they can receive. Because of this misunderstanding, they are incurring tens of thousands more dollars in debt than they need to. The Pentagon's Concern About 41 perc…

  • New Law Makes a Career in Trucking Easier for Veterans

    New Law Makes a Career in Trucking Easier for Veterans

    Two films in the late 70's — Convoy and Smokey and the Bandit — highlighted the trucking life and how much of an adventure it could be to get behind one of those big rigs. American children continue to perform the universal arm motion that indicates a request for the booming truck horn when an 18-wheeler passes their school bus on the highway. There's a certain charm to trucking, and it's one of the pilla…

  • The Smiling Soldier: World War II Veteran Reflects on His Service

    The Smiling Soldier: World War II Veteran Reflects on His Service

    "It's better to let go with a smile than to hold on with tears." —Geraldine Romero Joe Schaefer has the kind of smile that when you see it, you feel the corners of your own mouth turning up. Schaefer is a World War II Veteran. He served with the 92nd Field Artillery and 2nd Armored Division. This former door-to-door produce salesman punctuates the end of a sentence with a giggle when he tells the story of how he…

  • Getting to Know the Coast Guard

    Getting to Know the Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard is often the most overlooked of the Armed Forces' five branches. It is perpetually on active duty, yet rarely makes headlines (though the branch did pop into the news late last month with a daring rescue in the early stages of Superstorm Sandy). But the military's underdog is always there when you need them, rain or shine. The Coast Guard has a storied history. Formed in 1790 by Alexander Ham…

  • Veterans: It's Because of You We Have the Freedom to Vote

    Veterans: It’s Because of You We Have the Freedom to Vote

    Politics is innately controversial for veterans and civilians alike, but military service itself is not about politics. Since the United States evolved into a nation that fought Great Britain for independence, people have been choosing to sacrifice for their country, regardless of what party the president represented. That's the great thing about being a service member. Your political affiliation doesn't really m…