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She fought to survive as a child and trained as an Olympic wrestler. Now she shows Marines how to fight.
Sgt. Melissa Paul is a wrestler who has been fighting all her life.
Fighting through the pain of growing up without a father since she was 4, when hers was sent to prison in Colorado.
Fighting to get an education in Alaska when her drug-abusing mother wanted to her to quit high school and make a living fishing instead.
Fighting to find a safe home when her mother paid a friend to take her off her hands, for a television.
"When I was younger, I would always pray, 'God, I just want a family. I just want a family.' And I ended up never really having a family, so then I kind of got angry at God," Paul said. "I didn't realize that I did have a family with my wrestling team."
The Marine based at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown who trains martial-arts instructors has been wrestling for as long as she can remember, long before it was common for women to do so.
The Air Force on Friday became the second branch of the U.S. military to approve the wearing of beards, turbans, hijabs, under-turbans/patkas, unshorn hair and other indoor/outdoor head coverings for religious reasons.
According to the updated regulation, "Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel," the Air Force allows all such apparel and beards as long as the airmen wearing them make it through a religious accommodation waiver process, that they appear "neat and conservative," and that the apparel and beards don't interfere with personal safety.
"Requests should normally be recommended for approval unless approval would have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, standards, or discipline," the Air Force wrote. "When requests are precluded by military necessity, commanders and supervisors should seek reasonable alternatives."
There's nothing quite like finding out that the nifty little trinket you blew a paycheck on when you were a junior enlisted service member is actually worth three-quarters of a million dollars. (Take that every SNCO who ever gave a counseling statement on personal finances.)
Should media organizations capitalize the word 'veteran' as a formal title? One Marine veteran certainly thinks so.
America's battle against alcohol in the 1920s failed to attract many foreign allies and ended in defeat. By the time World War II broke out, the nation's short-lived prohibition experiment had long ended. In some countries, such as France, drinking had been celebrated and encouraged during the interwar years, and consumption surged. Indeed, the French remained so devoted to their wine that securing enough wine for the troops was deemed essential to mobilizing for the next war. A third of the country's railroad cars designed to carry liquid in bulk were reserved for transporting wine to the front lines. When Germany attacked France in May 1940, 3,500 trucks were tasked with delivering two million liters per day to the troops.
But when France fell to the Germans within two months, praise turned to condemnation. Wine was blamed for making the country soft. Philippe Petain, the WWI hero who had credited wine for saving France, now pointed a finger at drunkenness for "undermining the will of the army." He became the leader of the collaborative government of Vichy, where new restrictions on the sale of alcohol were quickly imposed, including setting a minimum drinking age for the first time (no one under 14 could purchase alcohol).
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Edward Gallagher, the Navy SEAL who was acquitted of war crimes and was pardoned by President Donald Trump, has launched a lifestyle brand.