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The Service™ is the Veterans Advantage Community blog for those who serve, those who care, and those who want to connect to all things military

Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: 57 Years Later, Reflections on the Olympics and Post-War Tokyo The global pandemic that reshaped how we function and interact as humans left no corner of the world untouched. Every aspect of our lives changed on the personal level, but the cancellation or disruption of seemingly invincible cultural touchstones like the Olympics served as stunning reminders of the uncertain times we all endured. An event that intertwines and invigorates the world once every four years is needed now more than ever after a period of such isolating international disconnect and despair. After countless fits and starts threatened to condemn the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as collateral damage of the pandemic, we will soon get to enjoy what the Japanese refer to as the “Recovery Games” After all, Japan won the right to host the Olympics on July 16, 2011 just months after 18,000 Japanese lost their lives during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Memorials Abroad Military & Veterans News Cover Story: Memorials Abroad This year’s Memorial Day will be celebrated in the United States with solemn ceremonies marked by recognition of the sacrifices of American women and men in uniform at innumerable memorials located throughout the country.  These memorials are everyday reminders which really only come into sharp focus, however, on that one special day at the end of May.  Less in one’s consciousness, if indeed one is even aware of them, are the many memorials to deceased American service members in foreign countries which deserve attention.
Scott Military & Veterans Life Scott's View: Remember the Medal of Honor This week’s “National Medal of Honor Day” was created to “foster public appreciation and recognition of Medal of Honor Recipients.” As a board member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, this day holds special meaning for me. It is our nation’s highest military honor and represents the six values of courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity, and commitment. David Semour, a West Point graduate, Army veteran, chief operating officer of American Airlines and a partner of Veterans Advantage, leads the Foundation as its Chairman.

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