Mark Wahlberg has been a rapper. He appeared shirtless and grinning on a 40-foot billboard in Times Square. He launched his own burger chain. And he starred in some of the greatest movies ever made, including “Boogie Nights,” “Three Kings,” “The Departed,” and “Lone Survivor.”
An upcoming HISTORY Channel reality television show will put 30 everyday people with no military background through intense training designed to mimic the selection programs of the military’s elite Special Operations Forces.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Moses McKelvey
Most people thank veterans on Veterans Day because they think it’s the right thing to do. And don’t get me wrong: It is the right thing to do. The simple act of picking up the phone and calling a veteran to thank them for their service goes a long way. As a veteran, I’ve been on the receiving end of that phone call a few times, and each time it surprised me almost to tears. People had, in fact, been paying attention.
On April 7, 2004, Eddie Wright was an assistant team leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion near Fallujah, Iraq, when the convoy he was in was caught in a deadly ambush. A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into Wright’s Humvee, and the ensuing blast took both his hands and a chunk of his leg.
This week, director Peter Berg --- known for Friday Night Lights, Battleship, and Lone Survivor --- posted on Instagram criticizing ESPN for awarding Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage award instead of a disabled veteran. As a Marine veteran, I have some thoughts.