Gary Villalobos left his civilian life to join the United States Army. By 2005, he found himself in Tal Afar, Iraq, as Sgt. First Class Villalobos. It was there he learned the true meaning of fear — and what it takes to overcome that fear to try and save one of his own.
In the 1965 film The Sound of Music, Captain von Trapp ran a tight ship at home. He also ran a tight ship at sea, commanding two U-Boats for the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I. By the war's end, he was the most decorated naval officer in Austria-Hungary.
This cockpit video footage of Blue Angel 4 in the "slot" position shows F/A-18 Hornets flying INCHES from each other — even as they do advanced aerial acrobatics.
Oh, and it's a 360 degree video, so you can get the full picture of what these maneuvers are like (minus the 8's pulled during the demonstration).
Conrad Heyer crossed the Delaware with George Washington. He was also the earliest-born person, one of only a handful of Revolutionary War veterans, to be photographed. But there is one important historical inaccuracy in the legend of Conrad Heyer that may not add up.
Richard Arvin Overton was already 35 years old when he fought at Pearl Harbor. Now, 73 years after the end of World War II and his service in the Pacific Theater, the 112-year-old is alive and kicking. Today, the City of Austin and its Mayor, Steve Adler, even came out to wish America's oldest veteran a happy birthday.
Find out how to live your life like Richard Overton lived his.
The VA will provide a headstone for any eligible veteran, even if they're already in an unmarked grave, in any cemetery around the world. In selecting a headstone, the National Cemeteries Administration has approved only 67 possibilities to date — which includes the Hammer of Thor for any believers of Norse gods out there.
A military job like U.S. Air Force aircraft controller doesn't exactly translate to the majority of civilian career options. At least that's how Eric Lundberg felt once he gave the Air Force his notice to retire.
Lundberg is not alone. Sixty-eight percent of veterans say that securing employment opportunities that match their military experience is one of the main challenges to finding a civilian job, according to a 2014 survey by VetAdvisor and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families. "There is a critical element in transition," says Ruth Christopherson, SVP of Citi Community Development and program director of Citi Salutes, Citi's company-wide initiative that supports service members, veterans and their families. "That's the translation. Not everyone knows that veteran military language."
In 1783, a Welsh immigrant named Evan Williams founded Kentucky's first commercial distillery and began producing Bourbon whiskey. Today, Evan Williams Bourbon continues his legacy, and remains synonymous with smooth taste, strong character, and American pride.
That's why Evan Williams started their American-Made Heroes Program, which celebrates military heroes by sharing veterans' stories of service to their country and community. After reviewing thousands of entries, Evan Williams selected six new American-Made Heroes.
Throughout the year, the team at We Are The Mighty has the privilege of learning about and meeting people doing extraordinary things in the military-veteran community. This is the inspiration behind our annual Mighty 25: Influencers Supporting the Military Community in 2018 — a list of individuals who are making a difference for military service members, veterans, and their families.
This year, we expanded our list to include not just veterans, prior service members, and reservists, but also civilians who are doing exemplary work in this community.