Aaron Provost/Task & Purpose

Every year July 4th comes around and, in between barbecues and emergency trips to the ER to get your fingers sewn back on, you must figure out how to fill in the long weekend. Sure, you can watch Forrest Gump for the 20th time, but this a day of celebrating freedom with massive explosions — and what has more explosions than a summer blockbuster from the 90s?

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Photo via Budweiser/AB Inbev

In the run-up to Memorial Day, Budweiser unveiled its latest twist on its familiar label: a “patriotic package” — swapping “Budweiser” for “America” and military-inspired camo aluminum bottles — that are “dedicated to the men and women of our Armed Forces.”

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U.S. Army photo by Kari Hawkins.

In the fall of my senior year in high school, I found myself in the privileged position of figuring out how to pay for my college education. I was not so lucky as to have parents who could pay or even let me take a loan from their savings, so it came down to scholarships or loans. In my case, however, it was a foregone conclusion: I would be applying for a ROTC scholarship or going to a service academy.

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