Cover Story: “Truths Colliding”: Veterans & Dancers Perform on the Intrepid in NYC Memorial Day Weekend“Uggggh!” moans Natalya as she tries to pick up a 6-foot tall man off the floor of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum aircraft carrier with only her forearms. Laughs abound. The assignment from Roman Baca, Iraq War veteran and Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company, was to trust another with weight sharing and support each other to and from the ground without using any hands.
Cover Story: 7 Cool Things About The Army Navy GameEvery November the halls of the Pentagon are torn apart in one of the biggest and oldest rivalries in college sports: the Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA. While the outcome of the game may no lon
Cover Story: Heroes Meet Heroes 2022 - U.S. Military Veterans & Olympians on One StageIn Honor of Veterans Day 2022, Veterans Advantage hosted its annual Heroes Meet Heroes event via Zoom on November 10.
Cover Story: History of Veterans DayPrivate Harry Atwood, a bicycle messenger in the 341st Field Artillery Regiment’s headquarters company, was carrying battle orders on a dismal 11 November 1918 while his regiment’s guns were firing in support of the 28th Division. They were attacking German fortifications around the French city of Metz. At 1059 hours, all the regiment’s guns delivered a massive salvo of artillery rounds into the German entrenchments. It was the last time the battalion fired a shot in anger. One minute later there was complete silence.
Cover Story: Only Navy Seabee to Get the Medal of HonorIn their decades building, fighting and serving on every continent – even Antarctica – only one Navy Seabee has been bestowed with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat.
Cover Story: History of Arlington National CemeteryPerfectly aligned white marble tombstones dot green hills like pearls, strung together by memories of fallen military members. That’s the sight at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, which is the resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their dependents over approximately 640 acres on the Potomac River. This Memorial Day we remember the fallen soldiers buried at Arlington and across the nation. And this Saturday Arlington hosts the inaugural Flowers of Remembrance Day, where the public can bring flowers to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to the sacrifice of so many veterans.
Cover Story: Montford Point MarinesIn a local ceremony in North Carolina recently, several of the military’s first Black Marines were posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service with the legendary Montford Point Marines. Their experiences tell a bigger story for the Marine Corps and our nation.
Cover Story: Miss America 2022 Reminds Our Nation About Military ServiceLast night, 50 women competed for the 100th Miss America title, and four of them are currently serving in the U.S. military. Amongst the pageant participants were an active-duty soldier, an Army reservist, and two Navy ensigns in the Reserve who fought for the crown.
Cover Story: Heroes Meet Heroes 2021In Honor of Veterans Day 2021, Veterans Advantage hosted its annual Heroes Meet Heroes event on Zoom on November 10. The event, which started nine years ago, brings together a diverse panel of Olympic athletes and veterans in inspirational conversation.
Cover Story: 57 Years Later, Reflections on the Olympics and Post-War TokyoThe 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.
Cover Story: Memorials AbroadThis 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.
Cover Story: My Daughter - A Patriot TaleOne seldom reads of patriot tales today. Rather it is about so-called heroes. But there are among us many former military service members who have what may seem to be rather mundane experiences in the Armed Services, but which are clearly tales of American patriotism. They are seldom recorded, especially those of women who have served.
Cover Story: NASA Artemis Team to the Moon"My fellow Americans, I give you the heroes of the future who will carry us back to the Moon and beyond,” said Vice President Mike Pence last week while announcing the astronauts assigned to NASA’s Artemis team from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Twelve of the eighteen men and women selected to head to the moon in the coming years have served in our military.
Cover Story: Heroes Meet Heroes 2020On November 10, 2020 Veterans Advantage hosted its 13th annual Heroes Meet Heroes event in honor and recognition of Veterans Day. Some of the finest Olympic athlete heroes joined our military heroes with inspiring stories of service for Veterans Advantage members.
Cover Story: Tuskegee Airmen“You’ve got to know inside that racism is wrong,” said Captain Roscoe C. Brown Jr. “You’ve got to know inside that you have the capacity like anybody else, and when given the opportunity, you will overcome.”
Cover Story: 75 Years Later, an Inside Look of Heroism During Battle of the BulgeSeventy-five years ago this month, on 17 January 1945, the so-called “Battle of the Bulge” had pretty much ended. American and British troops had flattened the December German protrusion into Luxembourg and Belgium. A desperate German rear guard was trying to stem an inexorable Allied advance eastwards. Nowhere was that more evident than in the tiny Luxembourg village of Oberwampach located close to the Belgian border. The next step to the rear for the Germans was into their homeland. Their commanders were determined to stop the U.S. Army’s 358th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division from driving them out of their defensive positions.
Cover Story: Pearl Harbor Perspective, December 7, 1941U.S. Navy Radioman Joseph J. Ryan remembered December 7, 1941 well. The Sunday promised to be a good one for a game of golf, but it was not to be. Instead, from Ryan’s perspective, along with many other members of the American Armed forces, the day was best characterized by the battle cry “Remember Pearl Harbor.”
Veterans Advantage Cover Story: Jim Webb’s Honoring South Vietnamese SoldiersJim Webb, a Vietnam War Veteran, former Secretary of the Navy and Senator from Virginia, continues to lead a life of service. Thanks to Jim’s great efforts, 81 deceased South Vietnamese soldiers will be properly interned nearly 55 years after their deaths.
Cover Story: A Crew TogetherThis is a story to recognize the passing of the last survivor of a miraculous rescue mission behind enemy lines during World War II 76 years ago.
Cover Story: Army Sgt. Bowe BergdahlThe launch of season two of the wildly popular Serial podcast caught millions of fans by surprise, chronicling the controversial capture and release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Serial’s ongoing coverage of the story brought the dramatic military account back to the forefront of the American public’s attention, and, by some accounts, the podcast’s in-depth study of Bergdahl and his capture may have spurred Department of Defense officials to take action.
Cover Story: 2015 Military Year In ReviewDespite a major drawdown of deployed troops in recent years, 2015 remained a busy time for the U.S. military, which continued to make headlines in a year of historic milestones. Here are just a few of the notable military news stories that Veterans Advantage shared in 2015:
Cover Story: From Combat Boots to Chef ToquesAfter Ben Lubin completed his service with the U.S. Marines in 2009, he returned to his hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla., and opened a wine bar. It didn’t take long for Lubin to realize that opening a wine bar without a restaurant background was like going into combat without proper training. To ensure The Blind Monk was successful, the former artillery officer enrolled in a six-month culinary program at the International Culinary Center.
Cover Story: Veterans Week 2014, A Memorable Time For Military, Veterans And Their FamiliesThe annual tradition continues. Veterans Advantage honored the military and veteran community in November with events and new benefits as part of Veterans Week NYC 2014 and Military Family Appreciation Month.
Cover Story: Memorial Day, Time For All To Remember Our Nation's FallenThe Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and a major driving vacation holiday. More importantly, though, as every veteran will tell you, the last Monday of May each year commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.