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Those Poor Souls

by: Luke Cummings – Here I sit, looking around me at all the yelling and arguing and celebrating and doomsday-prophesying and finger-pointing and speculating, and I’m only thinking, “Those poor souls.” President Trump shocked the world on August 6th when he authorized a missile attack on an airfield whose occupants had allegedly launched chemical attacks on citizens just the day before. Some in the media claim that this was a classic kneejerk reaction by a president drowning in a [Read More]

April 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Countering Our Culture

by: Luke Cummings I’m sure you don’t keep up with all the latest scandals involving the military, so here’s the latest one: A private group on Facebook entitled “Marines United” was outed as a place where there occurred the sharing of nude or partially nude photos of female service members or female partners of service members, many of which included names and ranks of those pictured. The group has been shut down multiple times by Facebook administrators but continues to reform under [Read More]

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Review of “Man Down”

by: Luke Cummings I’m generally a huge fan of movies, no matter how good or how bad the critics rate them, because I can almost always find something in the film to appreciate, be it acting, creativity, film technique, or themes. I am particularly picky, however, when it comes to military movies. While some of these films’ directors are exercising their Hollywoodian right to shock and awe, some directors try noticeably hard to portray their characters with a high sense of realism, [Read More]

March 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Veterans! Submit Your Work to “SITREP”

by: Luke Cummings PAY ATTENTION, this is a call-to-action! The WIU literary magazine SITREP: Veteran Perspectives on Combat and Peace is now asking for submissions from veteran students, faculty, staff, or alumni. Fiction, Nonfiction, poetry, and art/photography are all accepted. These pieces can be about literally anything that you feel is a necessary expression of yourself and your veteran demographic. You can share your experiences, some old letters from your enlisted days, make a statement [Read More]

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Right Brain Therapy: Luke Cummings

I’m going to begin by telling you about a boy. This boy had a fairly normal childhood, the kind full of fun and happiness that most would envy; summer days at the pool and trips to Disney World, huge family gatherings and after-school shenanigans. He was a friend to many, and was loved by many more. But something wasn’t right; all wasn’t as it seemed. By high school, the boy was involved in ROTC, destined for his lifelong dream of becoming a Marine like two of his uncles. After some poor [Read More]

February 8, 2017 // 0 Comments