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Jul 18, 2014
Breaking the military "brass ceiling" once again, the Navy's Michelle Janine Howard was promoted to Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the Navy's Number 2 post, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Following President Obama's nomination in December, the historic event marks two milestones in American military history: She is now the first African-American woman to attain four stars, as well as the first female four-star Admiral in the 238-year history of the U.S. Navy.
"Michelle Howard's promotion to the rank of admiral is the result of a brilliant naval career, one I fully expect to continue when she assumes her new role as vice chief of naval operations, but also it is a historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position," said Mabus. "Her accomplishment is a direct example of a Navy that now, more than ever, reflects the nation it serves - a nation where success is not borne of race, gender or religion, but of skill and ability."
Jul 2, 2014
By Taylor Gordon
Montel Williams, Emmy award-winning television personality and retired Naval Officer celebrates his 58th birthday on July 3 – and a lifetime of service and fighting for veterans. Before his 17 years hosting “The Montel Williams Show,” he spent 22 years in the military.
“I never took my uniform off and I never will,” he told Military Times.
Born Montel Brian Anthony Williams, the Baltimore-native enlisted in the Marines in 1974, only to be accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis two years later.He was honorably discharged as a corporal from the Marines, and enlisted in the Navy as a midshipman.
Jun 5, 2014
By Taylor Gordon
As fallen soldiers are remembered this Memorial Day, the Veterans who made heroic efforts to save their struggling comrades deserve special appreciation.
The Congressional Medal of Honor recognizes those military members for distinguishing themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty. Only seven living Veterans of the Afghanistan War have received the highest Military honor, which was created in 1861 for Civil War heroes. Since then,3,488 servicemen have been honored, but no surviving Veteran from the Iraq War has made the list.
Due to the nature of the award, it is frequently awarded posthumously. Three Afghanistan vets and four with service in Iraq received the honor following their deaths. They are: Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, Corporal Jason L. Dunham, Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, and Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith.
Jul 14, 2014
By The White House | Office of the Press Secretary
WASHINGTON – In the afternoon of July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.
Apr 28, 2014
By Roy Asfar
Derek Jeter’s superstar achievements confirm the New York Yankee traditions that have preceded him. But, unlike many of history’s prior pinstripe legends, the true measure of Jeter’s success is due to his play on and off the field – and it comes thanks in large part to his parents who both served in our nation’s military.
"When you think about being a good sportsman, there's a lot of things that come to mind," Jeter said after winning the 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. "People tell you it's success on the baseball field, and I think that's part of it. I also think there's a lot of qualities that go into it -- hard work, dedication, pride, humility. These are all things that I learned at a very young age."
Apr 3, 2014
By Roy Asfar
Editor's Note: About to enter his tenth year as Amtrak CEO, Joseph H. Boardman also continues to serve as one of Veterans Advantage's first benefit partners (2001). To commemorate this milestone, Veterans Advantage is offering this flashback coverage of when it first honored him as "HeroVet" in 2005.
A recurring theme in our Post-9/11 world is the concern that we maintain the country’s economic and homeland security at the highest possible level. There are few areas that reflect this concern more than our nation’s transportation system. The executive charged not only with keeping our nation’s freight and passenger rail system safe, but also with helping to breathe new life into Amtrak, is Joseph Boardman, an Air Force veteran and long-time public servant.
Jul 7, 2014
(Hartford, CT) - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced today that, at his urging, Amtrak has agreed to expand its existing 15 percent Veterans Advantage discount to include same-day travel, and to extend benefits to immediate family members of veterans, and retired and active duty servicemen and women.
In November, Blumenthal wrote Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman noting benefits offered to Veterans Advantage card holders elsewhere, and Amtrak discounts offered to other groups, including AAA members and seniors. He asked that discounts be extended to family members, and that the 15 percent discount apply to same-day travel. Veteran card holders had been required to book tickets at least three days in advance to receive the discount.
Jul 22, 2014
By Veterans Advantage
Dear Veterans and Friends,
The United States Tennis Association which runs US Open Championships is looking for Veterans who love tennis and would like to work at the US Open in security and a variety of other roles, including today's posting for an Access Control Associate (click here to download the job description).
The email address to submit your resume for this Access Control Associate position is: email@example.com. For information contact: (718) 593-8275.
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."
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