Dec 4, 2013:
Ally Hart is a Pennsylvania area high school student who has had to grow up quickly while her stepfather was away in Afghanistan. Her stepfather, an Air National Guardsman, has been deployed overseas for the past seven months. When he returned, he did what any good stepfather would do, he surprised his beloved daughters at their schools!
Nov 30, 2013:
When Alayna Adams was chosen to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays game, she received much more than her two seconds of TV fame. Before the first pitch, her father, who was serving overseas, spoke to her through a pre-recorded video message and offered her advice for her throw. After the pitch, the catcher took off his mask and surprised everyone at the game.
Nov 27, 2013:
The salute is a powerful gesture. Though many variations exist, all convey a sense of respect and history for the participants. Occasionally, the salute comes from an unexpected source, whether a grievously wounded soldier, confined to a hospital bed (link), or a little girl at her father’s deployment ceremony. See the image that captured a nation’s attention.
Nov 27, 2013:
Marie's husband, Norman, was a prisoner of war during World War II and that experience started to affect his daily life. With the support of his family and friends, Norman reached out to other veterans in order to talk about his experiences. Marie says that a sense of humor and a large amount of patience can go a long way when attempting to help a former soldier overcome their challenges.
Nov 21, 2013:
When Daniel Tennant returned to Austin, Texas after his time with the Marines, he had a difficult time adjusting. He was not comfortable in crowds of people, and often refused to leave his house for fear of getting himself into an unfavorable situation. Then Missy came along and changed his world...
Nov 21, 2013:
Country music fans everywhere celebrated when the song "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice won for Song Of The Year at the CMA awards. The song's lyrics are tinged with frustration and mourning as it follows the journey of someone who is dealing with the loss of a soldier. The surprising thing about this song is not that it won an award, but that it tells a true story of how a father handles the sudden loss of his son.
Nov 20, 2013:
Ellen does it again! On her hit TV show, Ellen DeGeneres has a knack for surprising people and making their dreams come true. Military spouse, Sue, went on the show thinking she was going to be playing a fun game. Little did she know, Ellen had something else up her sleeve.
Nov 19, 2013:
Through a sea of kids in the school lunchroom, an Army soldier is looking for his little girl. He arrived home from duty early, and is trying to give his kids the surprise of their lives. Once spotted, his daughter lets out a "Daddy!" cry that will melt your heart.
Nov 15, 2013:
They’ve braved everything from enemy fire to flood waters. Now the members of Team Rubicon face their latest challenge: the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Nov 13, 2013:
Staci Lowe was expecting her fiance to arrive back home after the football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. At halftime, she was taken out on the field where her fiance William Bell spoke to her over video feed. He informed her that his return home had been postponed, and then the video feed cut out. Just as Staci was beginning to mourn over the delayed return, the unthinkable happened.
Nov 12, 2013:
After 37 years, a pair of long-separated siblings were reunited. And all it took was 20 minutes and a phone call. See the emotional reunion.
Nov 11, 2013:
After being gone for almost a year, Army Staff Sergeant Mark Merringer wanted to surprise his daughter with his return home. He showed up at her school while she and her fellow classmates were in the middle of performing a ceremony honoring soldiers of the past and present. The look on his daughter's face when she spots him on the stage is priceless, and as one reporter said, "It gets you every time."
Nov 11, 2013:
Did you know that Veterans Day hasn't always been called Veterans Day, and that it wasn't always celebrated on November 11th? Originally, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954 President Eisenhower officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to recognize and honor all veterans. Watch the video to learn more about this holiday where we honor the soldiers of past and present for their service to our nation.
Nov 7, 2013:
Jim Wolf is a United States Army Veteran who, like many, has fallen into some bad times since his return to civilian life. For many years, the struggle with poverty, alcoholism, and homelessness has consumed Jim's life. Watch his amazing transformation!
Nov 6, 2013:
Female soldiers strive to be treated as equals with their male counterparts, and sometimes discover it can be a challenge to do that without losing their identity as women. They must find the balance between becoming a soldier and using the lessons they learn to better themselves as women in the future. Through their experiences in the military, these women learned how to be stronger, trust their instincts, and became better leaders.