Battle of la Drang: First battle of the Vietnam War

By Military1 Staff The Battle of la Drang is known as the first battle of the Vietnam War between the U.S. Army and the North Vietnamese Army on Nov. 14-16, 1965. Retired Col. Tony Nadal talks about his experience during this historic fight at LX-XRAY, one he'll never forget.  <!--cke_bookmark_121S--><!--cke_bookmark_121E--> More

Do you have PTSD or Complex-PTSD?

By Military1 Staff Veterans and first responders are familiar with post-traumatic stress symptoms and the PTSD diagnosis. However, most are unfamiliar with a related condition: Complex-PTSD.  C-PTSD, also known as Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS), is used to diagnose those who suffer from chronic trauma that goes on for months or years, such as POWs or first-responders who are repeatedly exposed to death and carnage on emergency calls.   Victims of C-PTSD are ... More

7 best viral videos from troops overseas

By Logan Nye We Are The Mighty Troops overseas are generally expected to keep their heads down and do their jobs. But every once in a while, some military leaders decide to let their Joes and Jills take a break from work and put together some of the hilarious videos they see on the internet. Typically, this includes a bunch of troops dancing and singing along to a popular pop song. There’s also the occasional motivational speech (such as number 2 on this list where U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Brian ... More

Son surprises mom on her graduation day

By Military1 Staff Ask any nurse, and they’ll tell you the day they graduated and were pinned is an exciting day. For one nursing student, however, her graduation day will be memorable for another reason. Just as Penny Pearson stood to receive her nursing pin, she received a surprise that stopped her in her tracks: the return of her son, Dustin, from his deployment to Iraq. In a video that has been shared thousands of times on social media, Penny is captured seeing Dustin for the first time and bein ... More

Being a military dog is just like being a civilian dog

By Rachel Engel Military1 Staff In the civilian world, dogs run and play with their owners, bask in the sunlight and look for adventure. Military working dogs are no different, they just have different ideas of what constitutes an "adventure." These pictures of military dogs working with their handlers at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait show they're just like regular dogs, in the same way Navy SEALs are just people, too (ha!).  1. They enjoy a good walk Of course, your average Fido back hom ... More

One-hundred years later: The battles of World War I

By Rachel Engel Military1 Staff This year, on April 6, the United States will honor the 100-year anniversary of its entrance into World War I. During the war, the American Expeditionary Forces poured their hearts, souls and lives into fighting the German forces alongside the Allies. In the 100 years since the Great War, those who fought have since passed, with the last U.S. World War I veteran dying in 2011 at the age of 110.  The battles were harsh, the terrain unfamiliar and the weapons advanced, but ... More

6 post-military separation beards and what they say about you

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty Being clean shaven every day in the military is an absolute must — unless you’re a special forces operator and are allowed to grow out a manly beard. Every morning, men (and some women) wake up during with a 5 o’clock shadow that is required to disappear before morning muster. But the day you signed your DD-214 and no longer fall under the rules and regulations of shaving, it’s time to grow out that impressive separation beard — just because ... More

Medal of Honor spotlight: Sr. Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers Jr.

By Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity This blog is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we’ll highlight one of the nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the honor of wearing the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor. In this blog, we honor one of the most recent Medal of Honor recipients: Navy Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers Jr., a SEAL who received the award a little over a year ago for helping ... More