Military/Exclusives

5 ways CrossFit benefits veterans

By Jacqlyn Cope We Are The Mighty Have you ever wondered why there's so much hype surrounding CrossFit? Well, it seems veterans are benefiting from the intense workouts in more ways than one.  Take Air Force Veteran Rachel Escolas for example. She tried out CrossFit for the first time while on deployment in Kandahar in October of 2012. After deployment, she had a burning passion for the sport and eventually became certified as a trainer in 2014 while founding her own CrossFit gym, CBUS Lifting Co. ... More

A vet's response to being asked, "How are you?"

By Sgt. Joseph Gunderson RallyPoint This piece is intended to share thoughts I believe are common for those who can relate. I am safe but hope those who may not be can read this and understand they are not alone. If you need help, call the Veterans Affairs crisis line at: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. “I am at war with myself and, when I say war, I mean war. Have you seen it? War I mean, not me. I have – I have seen real war. I’ve seen blood and broken bodies. I’ve heard the screams fr ... More

MoH recipient fights HOA to keep his American flag up

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty Across our great country, proud Americans display their patriotism by attending military ceremonies, volunteering at veterans' gatherings, and hoisting flags outside of their houses. But, in the case of one brave Medal of Honor recipient, a homeowner association attempted to block his right to fly America's colors outside of his front doorway. Here's what happened. In the summer of 2009, Colonel Van T. Barfoot (retired), a man who defeated three Nazi tanks ... More

5 things not to say to a troop getting out of the military

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty Transitioning out of the military is a stressful time in any service member's life. There are thousands of steps a troop can take to make the process as smooth as possible. Sometimes, however, life comes at you fast and before you're ready, you're being told to pack your bags. Your service is no longer needed. Suddenly, a lifestyle that is strictly regulated, day-in and day-out, is coming to its end — and sooner than expected. Many troops aren't sure wha ... More

How to appeal your Board of Veterans Appeals denial to court

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Military1 Columnist Veterans who are claiming disabilities often wait five or more years to finally receive a decision from the Board of Veterans Appeals (the Board). After waiting for such a long period, nothing can feel more demoralizing than seeing an order from the Board stating that service connection or a higher rating is denied. Veterans find themselves asking the question, “What now?” Luckily, appealing to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (the Court) can ... More

Meet the most awesome firearm ever made

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty At the onset of the industrial revolution, people were looking at ways to mass-produce and commercialize nearly everything. But what about something as manual as duck hunting? Was there any way to mass-hunt ducks with some sort of firearm capable of knocking, say, 50 to 100 ducks out of the air all at once? Yes, in fact, there was. It was called the punt gun. Back in the first decade of the 19th century, there existed a monster of a shotgun. Each of these guns was custom ... More

The average gear a soldier in WWII carried

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and Operation Market Garden; no matter the campaign and no matter the battle, our nation’s bravest men fearlessly surged forward to defeat the German threat in World War II. Although each infantryman was responsible for various duties throughout the war, they were all issued similar gear. The basic issue wasn’t anything like what troops receive today, but they made it work. Here’s what they carried to victory: Combat pack T ... More

3 celebrity relatives who changed history in combat

By Blake Stilwell We Are The Mighty Celebrities are just like anyone else — they’re mammals and have family members. So, yes, they are just like you and me. And that’s all Katy Perry has in common with you. It seems unfair that even with their international fame, hordes of adoring fans, and millions of dollars, celebrities’ family members are often just as memorable to the history books as the celebrities themselves. If there were any real justice in this world, every celebrity ... More