Military/Exclusives

Top 10 most intense battles in US history

In the short history of our country, the United States rose to global military dominance — yeah, I said it. Come at me, China. But the road to the top was paved with the blood of good men and women. Looking back, there are some pivotal battles we remember with solemn pride and a little bit of hoo-rah. Let's check out 10 of the most intense battles in United States history. 10. The Battle of Chosin This blown bridge at Funchilin Pass blocked the only way out for U.S. and British forces with ... More

4 old school problems today's troops don't have to worry about

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty For decades, our troops have faced awful weather, separation from their families, and a diet consisting of the same daily rations, and yet they still complete their vital missions. In our eyes, that's badass! However, as time moves forward, so, too, does technology. Because of that, many modern troops don't face the same problems as those that came before them. It's important to always remember and respect just how tough our brothers and sisters- ... More

How to escape from being tied up, according to a Navy SEAL

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than 2,000 people go missing throughout the U.S. every day. Many of those innocent individuals are taken from the very neighborhoods they grew up in. While 57 percent of all missing-persons cases end on somewhat good notes, 43 percent do not. We've all heard the horror stories of people being tied up with rope or zip ties as captors transport them to some secondary, unknown location. Knowi ... More

4 things you didn't know about Agent Orange

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty Over many centuries, various armies have created and deployed all sorts of weapons to be used against their enemies on the battlefield. Some of these inventive weapons go under modifications and come out the other end even bigger and more bad ass than before. On the flip side, some old school engineers and scientists get froggy and develop a liquid mixture that they don't fully understand before they let it loose into enemy territory. Once such infamous mixture that is s ... More

How the 'missing man formation' honors fallen pilots

By Shannon Corbeil We Are The Mighty The first time I witnessed a 'missing man formation' was at the funeral of my grandfather, who flew the B-25 Mitchell during World War II. After his service in the Army Air Corps, he became a commercial pilot for TWA and then ventured into private flight. He died in an airplane crash at the age of 74 and my family gathered with his aviation community at Santa Paula Airport for his memorial. At the ceremony, we looked to the sky as a group of planes from the Condo ... More

The knee bone is service-connected to the backbone: Musculoskeletal disabilities

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Military1 Columnist The Department of Veterans Affairs has a fairly well-kept secret: veterans are eligible to receive service-connected compensation, also called VA disability, for new medical conditions that begin years after discharge, provided these new conditions are caused by another injury that happened during military service. For example, when a veteran injures a knee during military service, it can actually cause problems in the back five years later because ... More

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