A 30-second Army and Air Force Exchange Service video has gone viral among service members and veterans. Why? Because Mark Wahlberg and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell are in it.
The duo teamed up to spread the word about a new Exchange benefit that will allow active duty, retired, reserve, Guard veterans and their family members to shop online, a move that marks the Exchange’s decision to join the 21st century (finally).
The benefit goes live on Veterans Day, but some who sign up early through VetVerify.org will get the chance to act as beta testers and gain access to the online stores before Nov. 11. “All honorably discharged veterans are encouraged to visit VetVerify.org to confirm eligibility for their lifetime exchange online benefit today,” Luttrell says in the video.
Luttrell, who served from 1999 to 2007, is the author of Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, an autobiographical account of the 2005 mission called Operation Red Wings. The operation left three of four SEALs dead in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, and led to a failed extraction that took the lives of eight more SEALs and eight Army special operators after their MH-47 was downed by an enemy RPG. As the title suggests, Luttrell was the only survivor.
Lone Survivor was optioned for a movie in 2013, with Wahlberg portraying Luttrell. The film earned two Academy Award nominations and grossed nearly $155 million. Wahlberg has been extremely vocal about his support for U.S. military personnel and even went off script in the video to thank Luttrell for his service.
“The military exchanges are so grateful to continue to be a part of veterans’ lives and celebrate their distinguished service beginning Veterans Day 2017,” Wahlberg said in the video.
Army Futures Command will reach fully operational status just before the newest gem of the Army's modernization plan sees its first birthday on August 24th, officials announced on Tuesday.
AFC Commander Gen. John "Mike" Murray told reporters at a technologies showcase on Tuesday that the command will be fully operational on July 31st before showing off everything AFC personnel have been working on over the last year, from night vision goggles and robotic vehicles to new air- and missile-defense capabilities.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has been told to stop using the Marine Corps' emblem and the 1st Marine Division's motto in his campaign literature, Corps officials confirmed.
The Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office has sent Hunter, a Marine veteran, a cease and desist letter telling him to quit using the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem along with the phrase, "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy," on a fundraising mailer that accuses his political opponent of having links to terrorism, NBC News first reported on Wednesday.
Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies have arrested a U.S. Army recruiter for investigation of soliciting girls as young as 10 years old for sex after he allegedly sent selfies calling himself "Colorado batman," the sheriff's department reported.
An Army appeals court has rejected Bowe Bergdahl's claim that President Trump's public description of him as "a no-good traitor who should have been executed" and other comments on the disgraced soldier's case constituted unlawful command influence (UCI).
The Marine Corps must update its parental-leave policies to give new moms and dads time with their newborns, the service's new top general wrote this week, including considering a full year's worth of leave for women who've had a child.
Marines should not be expected to choose between being the best parent possible and their career duties, Commandant Gen. David Berger wrote in his planning guidance released to the force Tuesday.
"These outcomes should never be in competition to the extent that success with one will come at the expense of the other," Berger wrote. "Our parental/maternity leave policies are inadequate and have failed to keep pace with societal norms and modern talent management practices."