You've seen the pictures of men and women of the military rushing off planes and buses to greet their spouses and children. The smiles, the tears, the hugs and the fanfare warm the heart and cause tears to flood the eyes. But what happens after the cameras are put away? What happens after the homecoming festivities are over? Do things go back to pre-deployment state or are they forever changed?
It's nearly Memorial Day weekend so, dust off your patriotic heels and show our men in service just how much you appreciate their sacrifices.
It's the sight of a police officer with a glistening badge on his chest and handcuffs dangling from his hip. Firemen wearing heavy black bunker gear in big red trucks, their adrenaline like water rushing out of the hoses they carry, ready to save people from a blaze. Even recent footage of Navy Seal Team 6 propelling from helicopters in Pakistan has an effect. Like many women with a penchant for men in uniform, I stop and stare.
While there are many celebrities who define public service as putting in two nightclub appearances in a single evening (we're looking at you, Brody Jenner), there are a few that recognize that there is a world bigger than product endorsements and tabloid covers. The men on this list are some of our favorite celebrity military veterans who have put our country's needs before their own. For your selflessness, gentleman, YourTango salutes you.
As YourTango partners up with Dear John to bring you even more content about love, we thought it worth showering the film's two stars—Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried as, respectively, an enlisted soldier and a college student in love—with some much-deserved adulation. We've admired Amanda since her turn as Karen in 2004's Mean Girls. She's since shone on the small screen as the oldest child of the polygamous Henrickson family in HBO's Big Love, and she fought (and kissed) a zombified Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body. In addition to her acting resume, Seyfried's always struck us as one of Hollywood's more intelligent and grounded starlets.
Love is a battlefield—perhaps even more so when your spouse is in the military. Milspouses have to deal with long-term separations, constant moves, not to mention the anxiety of possibly losing their loved one in the line of duty. Thus, when Lifetime created Army Wives (based on a book of the same name), the channel unearthed a treasure trove of built-in drama. The show, which follows the lives of five fictional couples dealing with military life, has earned the channel's largest viewing numbers ever. With the third season in full swing, the show is brimming with love lessons that are applicable beyond the army base. Hoo-rah. 1. Never let your significant other hear about your infidelities from someone else.
The guy I lost my virginity to found me on Facebook a few months ago. I opened my inbox to read, "Is this Teri? If so, hit me back." It was an absurdly casual message, as if he had no idea I associated him with puking from anesthesia in the parking lot of an abortion clinic. The shock I felt when I saw the name *Jeffery in my inbox is a testament to how successful I had been at forgetting everything that happened between us.
More than six decades after a sailor grabbed and kissed Edith Shain in the iconic photo taken during a World War II victory celebration in Times Square, she locked lips with yet another man in uniform. Just last weekend, the 90-year-old woman got a backstage smooch with a 25-year-old actor who plays a sailor in the show "South Pacific," according to The Daily News. In town for New York City's Veterans Day parade, the little old lady will be honored as the parade's grand marshal. Shain is one of many who've claimed that it was she whose kiss was captured on Broadway and 45th Street in 1945, but Alfred Eisenstaedt, the Life Magazine photographer who captured the moment, didn’t know either of his subjects. According to Newsday, Shain's guess is as good as his was when it comes to identifying the sailor. Eisenstaedt once visited Shain to deliver a copy of the photo, but did not confirm that she was the subject before he died in 1995.
A panel at the Michael D. Palm Center has determined that that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy doesn't work. Furthermore, the find that the openly gay soldiers will not affect morale.The panel was spearheaded by a retired general from each of the main branches.