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.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.