Five days ago, United States Army veteran Jim Wolf probably could not have imagined that over 10 million people would soon know his name and story. For decades, he struggled with homelessness and substance abuse. But after producer Rob Bliss released a time-lapse video showing Jim going from a scruffy homeless man to a dapper-looking gentleman, Jim's evolution has gone viral. But the transformation goes beyond the physical; you can see new light building behind his eyes. Watch now to be inspired by Jim on this Veterans Day.
Anyone with a significant other in the armed services knows that the relationship is one of the hardest but also one of the most rewarding. From love letters to joyous homecomings, there are so many moments to forever cherish. This Veterans Day, as we pay tribute to brave men and women who defend our country, let's take a look at sweet instances of real military love that'll have you smiling, tearing up, and everything in between. And don't forget to hug — or kiss! — someone in uniform today.
A Happy Homecoming
Long-Distance Love Letters
The Cutest Welcome Home Sign
His and Hers Boots
Veteran's Day is a time to thank the men and women who serve our country, many of whom leave behind their little ones to protect others. It is never easy saying goodbye to the ones you love. Of course, every tear-filled departure leads to an equally emotional return, many of which are caught on camera. Capturing everything from first steps to a wish come true, these reunions will have you reaching for the tissues.
A Son's First Steps
Sometimes, it's the soldiers that are surprised. Like when Michael, a boy with cerebral palsy, walked to his father.
With Veterans Day falling this Sunday and the holidays soon to follow, I can't help but be reminded of the thousands of soldiers who keep our nation safe. While some of these courageous individuals will be spending the next few months on active duty, some will be coming home to loving families, including their adoring pets. There is a close relationship between dogs and the military: canines serve alongside soldiers overseas and provide comfort and support to veterans when they finish their last tours. But the crowning moment for a pooch is seeing his heroic pet parent walk through the front door.
Whether you and your pet have a brave soldier in your family or you're just honored to know that these women and men are protecting our great country, here's a sweet salute to all the soldiers and veterans and the dogs who love them.
Today is Veterans Day, and to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave, here are some pictures of the men and women of America's armed forces being welcomed back from overseas to the opened arms of their loved ones. The touching homecoming embraces are so sentimental I bet you'll break out into "God Bless America" before the end of the album!
Today is Veterans Day and to commemorate the day I thought we should cover where the fitness world and the military collide and that's the ever-popular boot camp. I talked recently with vet Ruben Belliard, co owner of Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in NYC. A former Marine (but I think Ruben would say once a Marine always a Marine), Ruben met his business partner Alex Fell at basic training, and now these two train for triathlons together. Both have seen action overseas but now spend their days helping us civies get our sweat on.
When I think military workout, I think pull-ups. Ruben clarified for me something you might already know: the difference between a chin-up and pull-up is not how high you go, but the grip. With a pull-up, your palms face away from you and this grip means you're relying on your back muscles to pull you up to the bar. The palms-facing-in grip of the chin-up means the biceps and the pecs can assist you in your upward motion. According to Ruben regardless of your grip, if you want to pull your head up toward a bar you need to strengthen your muscles by doing assisted pull-ups first. He suggests using the assisted pull-up machines (our fave way to tackle this move at the gym), superbands (a big rubber band that helps you up), or a friend to push your legs from below while you pull with all your might.
To learn why push-ups are important, keep on reading.
But back to that handsome chair. The Hero Chair was designed by Angelo Surmelis and features a hardwood frame under a gray chenille upholstery that will fit into any number of decorating schemes. Its versatile design, which combines both modern and traditional elements, would be equally at home in a ski cabin or a downtown loft. I definitely wish that I had room in my home for this chair. Do you have room in yours?
While you're at it, be sure to thank a veteran today for his or her service to the country, or better yet, contact your local veterans' fund to donate your time or money contribution. If you want to add a poppy to a more permanent place in your home, check out the roundup below.
Check out more happy reunion videos over at mental floss.
Today is Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served this country, but have you stopped to consider who serves the soldiers if they go overseas and have no human family members to watch over animals in their absence?Well, that's where NetPets's MilitaryPetsFOSTER Project comes in. The nonprofit has a huge database of foster homes in all 50 states as well as several foreign countries willing to house dogs, cats, fish, birds, horses, and more for up to 16 months. Acting as matchmakers, they help find a local party willing to take care of a beloved animal while the owner is stationed elsewhere. By using this service (or others), have you ever taken care of a military pet?