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Service members and vets can now download dozens of video games for free — and no, you don't need to reenlist to get them
Love video games but hate paying for them? If you're a U.S. service member, a veteran, or a family member of one, then a new program has just the thing for you.
The newly-launched Games to Grunts program offers a slew of free access keys for wide range of Steam games for service members and vets to enjoy, from big-name games like the brawler Tekken 7 and the sword-swinging epic Soulcalibur VI to a slew of solid indie products.
There's one major hitch, though: the program only has a limited number of access keys for each game. Indeed, Games to Grunts previously offered the Xbox shooter Gears of War 4, as well as a year-long gold membership for Xbox Live which ordinarily costs $60, until eager users used up every available key.
But according to the program's website, Games to Grunts works with developers and publishers to continually populate its inventory with new games that may appeal to service members and vets, like popular indie military shooter Insurgency.
Games to Grunts is one of several programs run by Operation Supply Drop (OSD), a non-profit veteran service organization that provides free video games, comics and other goodies — as well as professional development classes, community service programs and social events like workouts, hikes, and tailgates — to service members and vets.
When OSD first started distributing video game access keys in 2010, the program required sending a spreadsheet to a single point of contact on a post or in a unit. But according to the OSD's website, going through a single contact person created a bottleneck in access that prevented the group from "cultivating a relationship at the individual level" with service members and veterans.
Games to Grunts is meant to solve that problem by connecting OSD directly to a potential gamer, which could potentially help them find out about other OSD services. In short, this could be a free ride towards honing your skills for your dream MOS. Just don't blow it!
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.
With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.
The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.
Two immigrants, a pastor and an Army sergeant have been convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud as part of an illegal immigration scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
Rajesh Ramcharan, 45; Diann Ramcharan, 37; Sgt. Galima Murry, 31; and the Rev. Ken Harvell, 60, were found guilty Thursday after a nine-day jury trial, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado.
The conspiracy involved obtaining immigration benefits for Rajesh Ramcharan, Diann Ramcharan, and one of their minor children, the release said. A married couple in 2007 came to the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago on visitor visas. They overstayed the visas and settled in Colorado.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it was sending to Ukraine the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger plane that the Iranian military shot down this month, an accident that sparked unrest at home and added to pressure on Tehran from abroad.
Iran's Tasnim news agency also reported the authorities were prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine information from the data and voice recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines plane that came down on Jan. 8.
The plane disaster, in which all 176 aboard were killed, has added to international pressure on Iran as it grapples with a long running row with the United States over its nuclear program that briefly erupted into open conflict this month.