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Happy Accidents

By LYNELLE WHITE - I get the question a lot. How did you go from being an Air Force pilot to being a television writer? It seems like a huge leap to people. Even my own mother, looks at me with a quizzical eye since I made the career switch. I think she thinks it’s some sort of mid-life crisis. But just how did I become a staff writer on ARMY WIVES? Well, to be honest, it was one of those “happy accidents.”... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday October 15, 2014
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The Making of Fort Bliss

By MIKE HARDY - Thinking back on being the associate producer of the independent film Fort Bliss, my conclusion remains this – we veterans have a distinct advantage in filmmaking. All we need is the commander’s intent – be that from our director, producer, line producer, key grip or whomever – the basic requisite skills for our jobs and the chance to prove ourselves and we vets will always take the hill. We will always accomplish the mission.... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday September 10, 2014
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Forward March!

By STEPHANIE SANCHEZ - You finally got your big chance! You let ’er rip in the audition room! You feel great about your performance . . . and . . . you . . . wait . . . This is what happens in this biz. Most of the time, you hear nothing back from your auditions, unless you get a callback or book the part. But rarely does anyone call you to say that you did not get the part.. So how do you keep on trucking with such frequent letdowns?... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday August 27, 2014
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My Big Break into a Broadway Tour

By MAX THAYER - Veterans in Film and Television (VFT) has turned my acting career around and brought it into the 21st Century with astounding results. It's culminated with me being cast as the Narrator in "A Christmas Story," set for a mid-west tour this holiday... (read more)

Post Date: Friday August 22, 2014
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A SEAL's Method of Combating Stress

By MIKAL VEGA - I have always been team-oriented. I firmly believe that forming the close-knit team I have today is the reason I have been propelled so rapidly towards the manifestation of my dreams. Developing the art of stress mitigation has been critical in my growth as a performer. Stress is the heat generated through friction against the walls of our comfort zones and is inversely... (read more)

Post Date: Monday July 07, 2014
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Your Best Bet is a Vet!

By BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN -Vets have been indispensable resources in American society for many decades, going back at least to World War II, and this latest surge of transitioning combat troops are already reinforcing the value of a military background in civilian settings. With this in mind, I present these positive points about military folks as workplace assets.... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday June 28, 2014
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Building a Future While Honoring the Past

By BRIAN IGLESIAS - In the city of Ar Ramadi Iraq, on the very first day of my second Iraq deployment, my unit was engaged in a nasty, eight-hour firefight. Needless to say it was not pleasant and not everyone in the battalion came home that day. That night I made a promise to myself that if I made it out of there...... (read more)

Post Date: Sunday May 25, 2014
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DO THE WORK

By JOEL LAMBERT - I've been starting to have some successes in the last few years...after being in LA six years, it's all starting to come together. I have my own international show on Discovery Channel that's rating very well and we're just about to go into the second season, among other things, like a part in Clint Eastwood's new film starring Bradley Cooper...but let me back up a minute. A couple of years ago, around April of 2012, one of my friends and... (read more)

Post Date: Friday May 23, 2014
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VFT Partner Spotlight: Gary Sinise Foundation

By MICHAEL BRODERICK - When you think of Hollywood actors that support our military and veterans, one name is always at the top of the list and that name is Gary Sinise. Even before his Oscar nominated role as Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise had...... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday March 22, 2014
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Hiring a U.S. Military Veteran Turned Actor for Your Film/TV Project

BY ALAN PIETRUSZEWSKI - I’m a former US Navy F-14 Tomcat navigator and Flight Instructor. I’m a TOPGUN graduate and I hold a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School. I recently retired as a Commander with 24 years... (read more)

Post Date: Friday March 07, 2014

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