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The Oscars

The Oscars are one of the biggest nights in Hollywood recognizing the talent you see on the screens and the talent behind the scenes. It’s always nice to see movies, documentaries, etc., relating to the US military nominated for an Oscar.

American Sniper, the film based n Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, was nominated for Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screen Play), Film Editing, and Bradley Cooper was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Chris Kyle. American Sniper took home the Oscar for Sound Editing! I have yet to see American Sniper, although, it’s on my list. My husband is currently reading the book and we plan to see the movie when he’s finished.

Here’s the trailer for American Sniper:

Another military related piece was nominated as well. The documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 was nominated for Documentary Short Subject and it won! Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 brings to light the trauma and hardships our veterans go through. I have not seen this one either, but it’s on my list as well.

Here’s the trailer for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 is an HBO documentary. Check out the link for more info.

Here’s the link for more info on the movie American Sniper.

For more info on Chris Kyle and his book, American Sniper, check out this link.

Congratulations to all of the Oscar winners and nominees!

Kait

Noah Galloway on DWTS 20th Season!

Hey all!

I’m a big Dancing with the Stars fan. It’s such a fun show to watch. So, I was excited to see the big season 20 stars reveal this morning. It seems like a pretty diverse and interesting cast, as usual. There’s always a few celebrities you’re excited to see and a few you’ve never heard of, but end up becoming fans of anyway. BUT… I was THRILLED to see that Noah Galloway, athlete, personal trainer, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran will be part of Dancing with the Star’s 10th Anniversary season cast! He will be partnered with Sharna Burgess.

Some of you may recognize Noah as he graced the November 2014 cover of Men’s Health magazine. He was their Ultimate Guy. He was deployed on his second tour to Iraq in 2005 when he was injured by an IED. He is a double amputee – left arm and leg. He spent time at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda as part of his recovery and rehabilitation. He is now a motivational speaker, and personal trainer. He has competed in Tough Mudders, Crossfit, and numerous other competitions. He takes no excuses! Check out Noah’s website!

I am very much looking forward to watching him dance this season on Dancing with the Stars! Be sure to tune in to see him in action! Season 20 begins Monday, March 16 at 8pm(est) on ABC.

Kait

CrossFit and PTSD

I’m sure you’ve heard of CrossFit by now. If you haven’t, it’s one of the latest workout crazes. Really, it’s more than just a workout, it’s a workout philosophy. It’s intense. It’s a competitive sport. It’s made up of all sorts of exercise elements, like weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, high intensity interval training, and much more.

CrossFit is popular among servicemen and women. My husband loves it. Recently, he was surfing the web for some CrossFit stuff when he came across this video of a veteran with PTSD who says CrossFit saved his life. It’s a moving video and definitely worth the 20 minutes. Learn a little about CrossFit and PTSD. There’s always hope.

 

 

Kait

Dogs for Vets

Have you watched A&E‘s Dogs of War?

If you don’t know what it is, it’s about Paws and Stripes, a non-profit organization that helps provide vets suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with service dogs.

As a military spouse and a dog lover, this show hits home. Fortunately, my husband does not suffer from PTSD, however, we have both seen the effects of it and we both know how the unconditional love of a dog effects your life. It’s a very good show and worth the watch. Jim and Lindsey Stanek, the husband and wife co-founders of Paws and Stripes, work hard to match veterans with the right dog to help them get on the right path.

Dogs of War airs Sundays 11pm/10c on A&E. Check it out.

 

Kait

Carrie Underwood Touched by a Military Family

I’ve been a Carrie Underwood fan since her American Idol days. So, as a military spouse, I was happy to see this article written by Carrie about how a military family changed the way she sings one of her songs. This article was published back around Veteran’s Day and I never got around to posting it… so, here it is!

The Military Family That Changed How I Sing “See You Again”

 

There are also some other great articles about vets that are tagged with hashtag #TIMEVets. Check them out!

 

Kait

 

What PTSD Looks Like

With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) being recognized more often in our society, especially among our service members, have you ever wondered what it feels like to have PTSD or a TBI?

Here’s a link from CBS News that shows photographs of artwork, masks, made by service members in art therapy who suffer from PTSD and/or TBI. It’s pretty interesting, moving, and the photos speak for themselves.

Check it out: Soldiers’ Art: What traumatic brain injury feels like

Kait

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