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14 celebrities you didn't know were veterans
Hollywood isn't always known for their affiliation with, or support of, the military. To be fair, Jane Fonda kind of did ruin it for everyone. Sure, we can all remember the iconic gaffes in Hurt Locker and Jarhead. And, maybe Michael Moore's 2003 Oscar speech calling President George W. Bush a "fictitious president" and wagging his finger, saying "shame on you" didn't help. So, there's that.
But those moments are far more the exception than the rule. Truth be told, Hollywood and the entertainment industry has always been very supportive of our veterans, and there's no better proof than those who served who turned to acting.
Here are 14 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Veterans:
Not just a Golden Girl, Bea was a badass who enlisted in the Women's Reserves in the Marines in 1943. She promoted to Staff Sergeant and is reported to have been just as respected on the stage as she was in the ranks.
He prepared for his role in the A-Team by serving as a squad leader in the Military Police Corps. We pity the fool that messed with him.
We know you can't binge watch Stranger Things fast enough. Now you can do it under the auspice of supporting a fellow veteran. Marshall, who plays Susan Hargrove, spent six years in the Navy.
Yes, you read that right. Before his lavish life running the Playboy Mansion and starring on The Girls Next Door in his bathrobe, Hefner served in the Army as an infantry clerk and wrote for a military paper in the 1940s.
James Earl Jones
He might be best known for his voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, but who can forget him in Sandlot? Or as Mufasa in Lion King? His service isn't forgotten, either. Jones started in ROTC and served in the 1950s in the Army.
If you couldn't tell by the high and tight, Carey spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserve. We're wondering if the military connection is what made Bob Barker tell him to "Come on down!" and be the next host of The Price is Right.
Yes, our favorite Bob Barker moment was definitely in Happy Gilmore, and it's no wonder he has such a great sense of humor. Barker spent 18 months as a Naval Aviator, flying eight different aircraft.
We can't imagine him serving anywhere but a chocolate factory, but true story, Wilder served in the Army medical corps before his acting took off.
Driver's convincing skills as Kylo Ren in Start Wars: The Force Awakens makes us wonder if he used a lightsaber in the Marine Corps, where he served for nearly three years before being medically discharged.
Everyone's favorite Blue Bloods Commissioner actually spent six years in the National Guard. We wonder if his mustache was as awesome then… and then we know in our hearts, it was.
Admit it; you watched Army Wives. Henao not only played a part, she's an Army veteran herself.
A true American hero, Disney forged his birth certificate in order to join the war effort at age 16, serving in the American Ambulance Corps. Following World War I, orders took him to France where he drove ambulances among other things. During World War II, Disney leveraged his art skills to help the Americans create propaganda and training videos. The Disney magic never ends.
If you didn't already want to buy Jon Huertas a beer for playing Miguel on This Is Us, do it because he served eight years in the Air Force, during both Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.
Sajak spun his own Wheel of Fortune when he joined the Army in 1968 and was assigned to a desk as a disc jockey for Armed Forces Radio.
Hollywood might get a bad rep when it comes to supporting our military, but the truth is, veterans have been a part of entertainment since the beginning. No one knows that better than IMAGN events, co-founded by veteran Mike Birt, who puts on everything from concerts for the thousands to beer pong tournaments. Be a part of the entertainment industry, today, by getting your tickets to an IMAGN event.
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U.S. Army aviation officials have launched an effort to restore full air assault capability to the 101st Airborne Division — a capability the Screaming Eagles have been without since 2015.
The U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.
President Donald Trump belittled his former defense secretary, James Mattis, by characterizing him as the "world's most overrated general," according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.
The account from numerous officials came during an afternoon closed door meeting with congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday. In the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly brought up dissenting views towards the president's decision to withdraw the vast majority of roughly 1,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.