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Gary Sinise's most famous military role may have been Lieutenant Dan Taylor in "Forest Gump," but these days he's playing his part in veteran's advocacy off screen.
Last month,the Emmy and Golden Globe winner joined the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) organization at Chicago Ideas Week to announce his home state of Illinois as the first to join the coalition. It brings together employers, industry leaders, educators, and the public sector to help veterans get the skills necessary for careers in advanced manufacturing.
"While playing Lieutenant Dan certainly helped me understand some of the challenges that returning veterans face, my concern for veterans predates 'Forrest Gump' by more than a decade," Sinise wrote in the Chicago Sun Times. He began supporting GSTW because its goals paralleled those of this own project: The Gary Sinise Foundation.
Feb 23, 2014
By Taylor Gordon
A U.S. Military program little known by the general public has again paid big dividends for America. Ten Winter Olympians in Sochi have been able to develop their athletic gifts under the US Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), which pays Active Duty soldiers their Military salaries while training for the Olympic games.
Most noteworthy in 2014, the U.S. bobsled (or, for those outside the U.S.,"bobsleigh") team has once again delivered a breakthrough performance after a similar one four years ago in Vancouver. And its being driven by a Military work ethic.
"You're essentially going to war with these guys," two-time Olympic bobsled medalist Steven Holcomb said of Team USA and a two-time bronze medalist in Sochi. "When you're standing at the line you've got to look at the guy next to you and know that he's going to give everything that he's got for you, just as he knows that you're giving everything you've got to him," he told the Boston Globe. Seven years in the Utah National Guard paralleled the hard work that led Holcomb to his third Winter Games in Sochi this week.
Jan 2, 2014
By Taylor Gordon
Drew Carey is a very funny man. With a successful career rifling for laughs, it might be hard to believe The Price is Right host and comedian is a Marine.
Carey, born in 1958 in Cleveland, OH, served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1980-1986. He told Time Magazine that being part of the military helped make him who he is. “It instilled a great sense of discipline that I can call on when I need to,” he explained.
He chose the military following expulsion from Kent State University. After battling depression for much of his youth, his decision to enlist gave him the confidence he needed. "If there was a fight, I would win it. If there was a problem, I could solve it," Carey said in an interview with ABC News. "I could do it because I was a Marine, and Marines can do anything."
The jokester’s poor academic success was not a problem; he would go on to a life in entertainment.“While in the Marine Reserves, I was looking for a way to make some more money,” he told Military.com. “It was suggested that I try using my jokes."
Feb 4, 2014
By Roy Asfar
Special to Veterans Advantage
Former astronaut and retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. logged more than 6,000 flying hours, including more than 100 combat sorties in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and spent more than 680 hours in space. NASA photo
For decades, the best-known Marine Corps Astronaut-turned public servant was Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. In 2009, nearly 50 years into America's Space Age, once again a Marine claimed a special place in space history and public administration, as Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr, USMC, Ret. became the first African-American and the second former astronaut to lead NASA.
A long-time alumnus of the Space Agency, Bolden's 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a NASA astronaut. With his Marine Corps background, plus his experience as an astronaut, he has proved to be uniquely equipped to lead NASA in the 21st Century. At NASA, Bolden has overseen the transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions, to a focus on the International Space Station, and a dedication to space and aeronautics technology development. Many hope this transition period will lead to the development of a Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to deep space destinations, such as an asteroid and Mars. Reaching these milestones will come from the years of hard work by NASA with its ongoing unmanned reconnaissance missions to the red planet.
Dallas, February 26, 2014:
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Feb 10, 2014
By The White House, Office of the First Lady
U.S. Department of Labor
11:35 A.M. EST
MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. You all rest yourselves. It is a pleasure to be here with all of you. And thank you all for joining us.
Before I begin, we have to just take a moment to acknowledge Katie and Larry. Their remarks, they serve as shining examples of just what we’re talking about. I don’t know what you were nervous about, Katie, but -- (laughter) -- you handled yourself. And, Larry, your story is inspiring. It’s the kind of story that we want to see repeated over and over and over again. So please, let’s give both of these individuals a round of applause. (Applause.) Thank you so much.
I also want to recognize our outstanding Secretary of Labor, Secretary Perez, and -- yay for our Secretary. (Applause.) And I want to thank him and his VETs team for the terrific work that they’re doing on hiring our veterans. You guys are really showing up and making it easy for our veterans. So I’m so proud of you. Glad to be here with all of you.
And of course, I want to recognize the construction industry leaders who are here with us today, as well as their public and private sector partners. Now, these are some of the biggest companies in the construction industry, many of whom are direct competitors -- companies like Jacobs Engineering. But they are here together. They’re also regional leaders like Cianbro Construction, as well as leading organizations like NCCER, the Homebuilders Institute, the Associated General Contractors of America, and the Building Trades.
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