JAMES CLARK IS A SENIOR REPORTER WHO COVERS VETERANS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR TASK AND PURPOSE. A FORMER MARINE CORPS COMBAT CORRESPONDENT AND VETERAN OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, YOU CAN FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER AT @JAMESWCLARK OR REACH HIM VIA EMAIL AT JAMES@TASKANDPURPOSE.COM.
Now you can relive the glory days of screaming "fire for effect" before lobbing rounds down range, and you can do it from the comfort of your own backyard, or living room, without having to worry that some random staff sergeant is going to show up and chew you out for your unsat face scruff and Johnny Bravo 'do.
Oh, the day after Veterans Day, when your news feed is spilling over with thoughtful op-eds and reflective essays on the costs of war, life after service, and ruminations on whether or not it was worth it.
It's important stuff, absolutely, but I'll admit that I caught myself thinking: You know, today I could really use some silly news. And behold, the internet giveth:
This Veterans Day, two post-9/11 veterans-turned congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation to have a memorial commemorating the Global War on Terrorism built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Army cavalrymen from 1st Platoon, Bulldog Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment; walk by some of the qalat buildings of Charkh District while on their way into the village of Paspajak, Logar province, Afghanistan, June 20. (U.S. Army photo)
The majority of U.S. military veterans say America's most recent wars were not worth fighting, according to the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey published ahead of Veterans Day.