• Congress Calls for Ban on 'Pay for Patriotism' Promotions

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    From 2011 to 2014, the NFL collected a reported $5.4 million in taxpayer money for mid-game salutes to the military. Calling the promotions “pay for patriotism” and “marketing gimmicks,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has convinced Congress to ban this kind of activity at major sporting events.

  • Sailor Dies Following Routine Physical Fitness Test

    by Dianna Cahn September 2015

    A sailor assigned to Training Support Center Hampton Roads collapsed during a routine physical fitness test last week and died Saturday, the Navy announced Monday.

  • Community Workouts Raise Awareness for Veterans

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Athletes at Aberrant CrossFit in Eldridge, Iowa, devoted their Saturday morning workout to raising awareness and funds for a startup veterans gym called Counterstrike Fitness.

  • Adaptive Sports Programs Aiding Recovery for Military

    by Emily Attwood August 2015

    Last month, the sixth annual Warrior Games took place at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., a departure from its previous host city, Colorado Springs. While past games have been organized in partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Paralympics, the DOD took the lead in organizing this year's event and will continue to do so, with different branches of the military hosting each year. As noted by a department spokesperson, the change was part of the DOD's effort "to better align the event with the Games' core mission of playing a vital role in recovery for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans."

  • Navy's New Approach to Fitness Carries Message for All

    by David Quick, Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) August 2015

    Last week's announcement that the Navy was taking a different approach to measuring fitness and taking a less punitive approach to those who don't make standards has a message to the nation as a whole, says a national health expert based at The Citadel.

  • Free Tickets to Vets Has Rays Attendance Surging

    by christopher o'donnell Tribune staff August 2015

    In the nine games since the Honor Pass was introduced, crowds have averaged more than 22,000, up more than 7,000 per game compared to earlier in the season.

  • Fitness Program Helps Vets Physically and Mentally

    by Bruce Flowers, Chicago Daily Herald August 2015

    A Healthy Minds-Healthy Bodies program for veterans that Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association helped create seven years is now part of 23 park districts and continuing to grow.

  • Program Launched for Athletes to Help All USAF Cadets

    by Brent Briggeman, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado) August 2015

    Thanks to a nearly two-year-old piece of NCAA legislation, gallons of Gatorade, V8 and chocolate milk as well as a seemingly bottomless supply of nutrient bars, fruit and yogurt will find their way into the bellies of cadets throughout the Air Force Academy.

  • Navy Taking Deeper Look at Health and Fitness Standards

    by Mark D. Faram, and Meghann Myers, Navy Times August 2015

    The Navy is shaking up its body composition assessment, increasing body fat limits for sailors, moving away from career-ending punishments for failures and taking a deeper look at how it measures health in general.

  • Rays to Give Military Free Tickets for Rest of Season

    by Christopher O'Donnell, Tribune staff July 2015

    Under the Rays Honor Pass program, active service members and retired or honorably discharged veterans can get two free tickets to Rays home games for the rest of the season.