Military/Exclusives

The history of the Medal of Honor

By Logan Nye We Are The Mighty The nation's highest medal for valor under enemy fire dates back over 150 years and has been awarded to well over 3,000 men and one woman in honor of heroic acts, including everything from stealing enemy trains to braving machine gun fire to pull comrades to safety. Army Pvt. Jacob Parrott was one of Andrew's Raiders and the first recipient of the Medal of Honor. Most of the other soldiers on the raid were eventually awarded the medal. (Illustration by William Pitten ... More

Veterans can get more VA disability from their TBI claims

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI as it is often called, is becoming more and more common, especially among veterans. There are several reasons for this. One of the biggest reasons is that military equipment, such as helmets, have significantly improved. This means, for example, that when a soldier is in the blast radius of an improvised explosive device, or IED, the soldier has a greater chance of surviving. However, this also means that this soldier will suffer fro ... More

Why the F-117 Nighthawk was so groundbreaking

By Harold C. Hutchison We Are The Mighty When you think of goblins, the mythical creatures portrayed in Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter films might come to mind. Traditionally, the goblin has been a mischievous, sneaky monster. So, in one sense, it's fitting that this cunning creature found its way into the nickname of the first operational stealth aircraft. The F-117 Nighthawk was nicknamed the "Wobblin' Goblin," mostly due to its handling characteristics — aft ... More

7 weapons used in the USMC infantry

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty The Marine infantry has been fighting for our nation's freedoms for the last few hundred years in every clime and place where they can take a gun. Today, the U.S. Marine Corps is one of the most respected and well-recognized branches of any military, the world over. From a mile away, you can identify a Marine by their unique Dress Blues and their high-and-tight haircut. But the Marine getup wouldn't be so well-known if it weren't for the many hard-fought victori ... More

8 ways to celebrate Independence Day like a veteran

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty Citizens of the United States of America tend go mildly wild when they celebrate the fourth of July. It was on that day, in 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted the Deceleration of Independence, severing our nation from the British Empire. Most people commemorate this fateful moment with a nice, wholesome family gathering. Dads work the barbecue while telling awful puns and moms try to make sure the kids don't hurt each other with sparklers. The evening's merrim ... More

Sexual assault victims eligible for VA benefits

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Military1 Columnist Sexual assault is a mortifying secret for far too many veterans. Although it is not often talked about, Military Sexual Trauma, or “MST” as it is often called, is a significant problem in the military. Some of this is due to hazing, dominance and other unexplained reasons. Regardless of the cause, individuals who are victims of MST can experience various mental health problems. According to Stephanie Cojocaru, Psy.D., a psychologist in Florida, scr ... More

6 reasons Marines love the M27

By David Grove We Are The Mighty Over the course of the past two wars, Marines learned a lot of lessons and gained a lot of new weapons and equipment to increase their effectiveness on the modern battlefield. But when we started to realize just how outdated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon became, the search for a replacement began. The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle did just that for the standard Marine infantry squad, much to the disdain of many Marines until they realized its application fit a larger spectr ... More

5 things about the M16A4 you complained about

By David Grove We Are The Mighty The M16A4 was the standard service rifle for the Marine Corps until October, 2015, when it was decided that the M4 Carbine would replace them in infantry battalions. For whatever reason, civilians tend to think the M16A4 is awesome when, in reality, it's actually despised by a lot of Marines. Now, the M16A4 is, by far, not the worst weapon, but it didn't exactly live up to the expectations laid out for it. They're accurate and the recoil is as soft as being hit i ... More

Why it's important for vets to be on the Burn Pit Registry

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty The exposure of troops to burn pits and open-air sewage pits is a black eye on the Global War on Terrorism. While troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, a quick and easy solution to getting rid of garbage and sewage was to simply set it on fire. Years later, this has resulted in wide-spread health issues that affect many of our veterans. The use of burn pits and the subsequent failure to address them as a serious issue has been likened to the struggles that Vietnam ... More