Author Blair Tomlinson

In honor of Independence Day the “daily deal” site, LivingSocial, is offering 50 percent off USO care packages. For $25 you can purchase a care package for a deployed troop full of $50 worth of stuff. Care package goodies can include snacks, phone cards, toiletries and more. In addition if you buy this deal you will receive a T-shirt in return. You only have nine more days, so get on it!

The Walt Disney Company is looking to hire 1,000 veterans over the next three years. Company President and CEO Bob Iger announced the company-wide initiative called “Heroes Work Here” on Tuesday, March 13th. There is much more to the new program than just hiring vets. Disney will hold career fairs, offer training and provide volunteer opportunities. And don’t think you have to head to Orlando just to work at Disney. The company owns ESPN and ABC. Here is a full list of the companies in the Disney family. Want to make your dreams come true? Check out the Disney Careers…

Taylor Swift is notorious for writing “tell all” songs about the men she has dated. She follows a rule of thumb for all writers, write about what you know. So naturally, when listening to the country sweetheart’s newest love song, “Ours”, I’m thinking who is this one about? Joe Jonas? Taylor Lautner? John Mayer? Cory Monteith? Jake Gyllenhaal? Shockingly, at the end of the music video Swift runs into the arms of a soldier who seems to be coming home from deployment. Didn’t expect that one Taylor … Are you a fan of TSwift? Do you think she portrays a…

Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Jacobson and his family were robbed earlier this month, just weeks before Christmas, reported the local ABC affiliate. Their home was ransacked, with computers, games systems, a TV and all the Christmas gifts gone. Also gone: The money Jacobson had saved to visit his sons in New York after selling his truck. Jacobson had hoped to see his sons before deploying in less than two months. “It’s just pure evil,” said Jacobson’s stepdaughter, Tatianna Young. [HTML1] After hearing the horrible news, Shane Willis, a former Carolina Hurricanes hockey player, decided to take action. Willis and the…

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a stop in Manchester, N.H., at a local restaurant where he met Vietnam veteran Bob Garon. The conversation started off with Romney inquiring about Garon’s service and thanking him for it. Then the 63-year-old Garon asked his question for Romney: “New Hampshire right now has some legislation kicking around about a repeal for the same-sex marriage.  And all I need is a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Do you support the repeal?” Watch how the rest of the conversation goes in the video below. What’s your take on Romney? Or any Republican candidate? [HTML1]

“Didn’t we make a bet that you said when we finally came out of Iraq you’d let me shave your head one more time?” General Raymond Odierno asked Stephen Colbert, during Odierno’s second appearance on the Colbert Report. “No we did not!” Colbert said grinning ear to ear with an audience cheering in the background “DO IT , DO IT , DO IT!” Giggling, Colbert said, “Unless the President is about to appear on that screen behind you, with all due respect you can go to hell.” (at about the 4 minute mark) Gen. Odierno and Colbert also brushed up on…

United States Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno will be appearing on The Colbert Report tonight. This is the General’s second appearance on Stephen Colbert’s satire TV newscast. Back in June of 2009 Odierno was Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq while Colbert  taped his show in Saddam Hussein’s former palace for an audience of American troops. It was infamous because even President Obama made a cameo on the show and ordered Gen. Odierno to shave Colbert’s head. Take a look. [HTML1] Maybe this time Colbert will shave Odierno’s head …

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University face off in their annual Bedlam game Saturday, Dec. 3.  Both teams will honor their state’s Army National Guard by wearing the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s Thunderbird emblem on their helmets. About 3,000 Oklahoma guardsmen have been deployed downrange since this summer and have beared a heavy toll. Between July 29th and November 1st, the 45th has  lost 14 of their men and a woman. The troops aren’t expected to return home from Afghanistan until March 2012. Even though there may be a war on the football field this weekend,…

‘Tis the season for the Army-Navy game. So to help you get in the spirit we’ve gathered a few “Go Army, Beat Navy” spirit spots. We’ll debut the blog post with one of those comedic Action Figure Therapy spots. “Jungle” spouts off his top five reasons why Army will beat Navy in the upcoming bout. My personal favorite is number four, check them out. Grade: A Apparently therapy is a popular spirit spot subject this year for Army fans. Air Defense Artillery out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma is channeling the recent Geico commercial featuring R. Lee Ermey. Warning, a harsh tone…

Welcome to the blogosphere, General! Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno kicked off his blog yesterday in honor of Veterans Day. His topic of choice was why he chose to serve. Odierno said the inspiration came from his father’s service in the Army and his father-in-law and uncle’s service in the Navy. Odierno also stateed he hopes to use the blog as a form of contact between himself and the troops. He encouraged soldiers to ask questions and share their experiences. “If there are questions or issues that you’d like to hear from me on, feel free to…

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