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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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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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Unflinching Determination

BY MICHAEL MORIATIS - I am a 20-year vet of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy with more than five years active service in the Air Force and the remainder in the Navy Reserve. Like a good portion of people in the military, I enlisted at 18 right out of high school, with the intention of spending 30 years in the service... (read more)

Post Date: Sunday February 23, 2014
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VFT and Studio Partnerships: Dreamworks Animation

BY TIM NORMAN - Among the many successes VFT and its membership have experienced on set, in front of, and behind the camera, VFT members also met other professional success with its entertainment and studio partners. At Dreamworks... (read more)

Post Date: Monday February 03, 2014
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From Military Green to Stage and Screen

BY CHRISTOPHER ALLEN - I served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. Upon the end of my first term I had a decision to make. I could either continue on my career path or I could risk my stability, comfort, and job security to pursue a career as an actor. It didn't make sense at the time because I had no previous desire to become an actor nor did I have a childhood... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday January 28, 2014
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Bringing a Shadow Program to Light

BY KEVIN RESNICK - I want to express my deep gratitude and thanks to Veterans in Film & Television (VFT) for paving the way for my shadowing experience on the ABC Comedy show, The Neighbors. ABC crafted a test outreach program for Veterans interested in careers as TV comedy directors. The opportunity would be for someone to shadow the director during production of... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday January 23, 2014
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When preparation meets opportunity

BY REBECCA MURGA - One of my favorite quotes is from the philosopher Seneca who said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I just wanted to use this blog to thank VFT for the preparation, and to thank ABC for the opportunity. I’ll be the first to admit I was damn lucky to be one of five veterans selected for ABCs “Home for the Holidays” campaign. The whole thing... (read more)

Post Date: Monday January 20, 2014