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Review: “Restrepo”

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Restrepo: “Simply an incredible piece of film-making that allows the viewer to wear the uniform, then lock and load for 90 minutes.” – Matt Colvin, 29Nov2010

I arrived back in the city just as the sun was going down today. This is my favorite time to look across the Hudson at NYC because the light at that time sets the city on fire. Though the bus ride was lacking, I felt some kind of energy in the city today. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but something was there. Maybe it was because I was home where there is no fast pace, no slow pace, there’s just no pace. I don’t mind that for a while, but I think I start to go stir crazy after a shorter amount of time now. Stepping off that bus fueled me for another interesting night. I was feeling good. Partly because it was so beautiful out and partly because I was heading to IAVA to watch the premier of “Restrepo” on Nat Geo.

The documentary takes place over a 15 month period in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. This place has been named the most dangerous place on earth and for good reason after you see what these soldiers had to endure. I have seen this part of the country from above and even from up there it looked menacing. TICs (troops in contact) were almost a nightly event as we flew overhead. Now to see what it was like through an unbiased lens and through the eyes of those that lived it just puts those troops on the ground that much higher on a pedestal for me. Read more…

Medal of Honor recipient SSG Giunta on the Colbert Report

November 18, 2010 5 comments

as you walk in the offices, priceless

Today started out slow in my world so I left the house, grabbed a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks(Christmas is coming!), then swooped over to Panera to steal some internets.

I caught up on some posts about Veteran’s week (the Gala, Veteran’s Day, and the Giants game) that I hadn’t found time for in the blur of it all. I was already grinning from ear to ear as I engaged my brain and reminisced on the week that had just passed. Meeting Bill Cowher, walking 5th Ave with my brothers and sisters of the military, and football games VIP style are just some of the great memories from last week, but tonight trumped all that.

Let’s back up a couple of days. Tuesday, I along with the entire office at IAVA, watched President Obama award the Medal of Honor to SSG Salvatore Giunta of the US Army for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. I was privy to American history unfolding, but realized that many Americans hadn’t paused to pay respects. I wrote about it that night because I felt that yet again, we had forgotten the war. We go on with life most times without thinking about the men and women that patrol the hills of Afghanistan in those times when we’re taking a warm shower, sipping a peppermint mocha, or tucking our kids in at night. The fact that nearly all channels went on with their regular programming while America awarded a hero for the new generation made me sick. For the ones that have been there, for the ones that empathize with us, they got it. I wrote this so that all those in between could get it too. Read more…

The real Medal of Honor

November 16, 2010 1 comment

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

No, not the most popular video game on the planet, but the no shit, real deal thing. A Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH). The first MOH to a living hero in this generation’s wars and the first living recipient in nearly 40 years dating all the way back to Vietnam. If you didn’t hear about this today, then where the hell were you? If you thought today’s top news was Prince William getting engaged then you need to be slapped! If you watched the Real Housewives today at 2pm EST then you have no concept of what “reality” is.

Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA Founder) said it best today that if you weren’t watching, then “you need to wake up!” I had a hard time believing that regular programming continued while this, one of America’s shining moments, was overshadowed by the every day. The “every day” that happens every F@ck!n& day! This is something that comes along a handful of times in a person’s life and we are too busy with the trivial to pause and pay respect to the phenomenal. A hero stood before us today and was awarded THEE HIGHEST military honor a person could ever be bestowed, yet many channels never televised it. Way to go networks, way to go America. I still love you to death, but like the mystery that is “women,” I will never figure you out.

SSG Salvatore A. Giunta of the US Army received the Congressional Medal of Honor today for heroics on a mountain top in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. His patrol was ambushed, he covered one wounded soldier then realized another was missing. He singlehandedly took on enemy fighters who were dragging away that missing wounded soldier, killed his kidnappers, took fire himself, yet still administered first aid until the medevac chopper arrived to evacuate the wounded. The wounded were airlifted and SSG Giunta continued on his mountain top patrol with the rest of his squad as if to say, “all in a day’s work.” What did you do today? Anything close to that? Me neither, but I did recognize that heroism and paid my respects.

SSG Giunta has now been indoctrinated into the Congressional Medal of Honor Society where so few have been granted membership and even fewer have lived to enjoy its perks. What an incredible day for our United States. Too bad many of us didn’t get the chance to see real history being made. Do yourselves a favor and read up on this example of American heroism, hopefully the next time the Medal of Honor is awarded, the whole country can watch.

We now return to your regularly scheduled programs…

Veteran’s Day NYC 2010

November 12, 2010 3 comments

Googlers manning the tent

My new favorite day is Veteran’s Day from here on out, period. No longer does Halloween or St. Patty’s day or even my birthday(I may change my mind about this year’s bday since I turn 30) have the same amount of energy as this day does for me. Hell this Veteran’s week has been a real eye-opener for me. Its made me truly appreciative for the life I lead and the people that I get to call my friends along with my brothers and sisters in arms. I dont even think that this bit of writing can put into words the spectrum of emotion I have seen and experienced in this past seven days, but I’ll give it a whirl!

0800 at the Flatiron Building came really early, but I met some vets on the Path train in who were way more chipper than I and this gave me a little kickindapantalones. Upon arriving, the tent was already up, the Googlers were in place and team IAVA was in full effect. Cold like the dickens but the coffee was flowing and so were the the dog nuts, I mean doughnuts. Thankfully the cops didnt find out, ha! We passed out hand warmers, took lots of pictures, shared stories, and made some new friends (what up Mike from an hour north in NY!). Read more…