Derek Weida: The Disabled Veteran Who Became a CrossFit Beast

When we think about disabled veterans, images of old and broken men may come to mind, mainly due to the stigmas brought about by the Vietnam War and other controversial conflicts. As much as I hate to break it to you, those men can’t help but looking old, considering they were in the service nearly…

4 Ways to Support Veterans on Veterans Day (and Every Day!)

On a recent flight, as we landed and prepared to disembark, individuals began standing in the aisle and grabbing their bags as usual. In front of me was a young girl, maybe seven or eight years old, with her mother. The young girl turned back, looking toward an older gentleman who was standing in the…

Soldier Unexpectedly Gets Wish Granted for His Wife

U.S. Army/Special Forces Operator Christian McIntosh gets his wish granted – a brand new stair lift – for his wife, Susanna. When Susanna McIntosh became unable to handle the stairs in her two-story home every day, she felt stuck. “You know, it’s dangerous for me to go up and down the stairs; so I just…

20 Restaurants Where Veterans Can Grab a Free Meal this Veterans Day

Are you a veteran with an appetite for a good deal? With Veterans Day quickly approaching (November 11), there’s a multitude of businesses that are offering promotions to former servicemen and active-duty military. There’s free haircuts (at Great Clips), 10% discounts (Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Rack Room Shoes), as well as plenty of other amazing…

Sochi Update: USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team

Here we are, six days into the 2014 Winter Paralympics, and the Team USA Sled Hockey Team has won two games: one against Italy and another against South Korea. Even though Team USA lost a tough game to Russia yesterday, their second place finish in Group B still qualifies them to advance to the semi-final…

2014 Paralympic Athlete Spotlights

On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Winter Paralympics will kick off in Sochi, Russia. Team USA is bringing the heat this year! Below we have profiled some of the toughest competitors on the slopes and ice. Omar Bermejo Bio: Marine Corp veteran Omar Bermejo is not easily cracked. The Michigan native completed four tours in…

Injured Veterans: What We’re Doing and How You Can Help

Make a Difference Army SSG Alex Dillmann was on a night mission when his truck rolled over an IED in Afghanistan. The blast killed one soldier and left four others, including SSG Dillmann, with severe injuries. Alex suffered from broken and fractured bones, internal injuries, and lacerations. Fractures to his vertebra resulted in paraplegia from the…

5 Meaningful Ways to Observe Veterans Day

Show Your Appreciation For Our Veterans Living in America has its privileges. We can freely express our opinions and faith, pursue any career we choose, and write about anything that interests us. While we sometimes take these liberties for granted, it’s important to remember the people that made our way of life possible—and what better…

4 DIY Gifts for Veterans Day

One of the most powerful ways to observe Veterans Day is to celebrate our heroes in a creative and thoughtful way with crafty ideas. Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that annually sends 100,000 care packages to active duty U.S. Service Members. Packages are filled with snacks, entertainment, gifts, and personal letters of appreciation. Check out some ideas…

Wheelchair Games Spark Competition Despite Physical Conditions

For someone who, at first, did not know much about disabilities, learning about the 2013 Wheelchair Games was a mind-altering experience. This year, over 600 veterans with spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions, amputations, and other mobility impairments flocked to Tampa, FL to compete. Last week, I was fortunate enough to interview two volunteers from the…

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