I bet there were long lines to get the newest issuance of a video game series called “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” Ordinarily, I would ignore this “news,” because I think spending more than 30 minutes a day playing any video game is a monumental waste of time, and the fast lane to psycho-social problems.
That said, I hope everyone buys one of these games as soon as possible. If you care, the reviews for this latest title in the series are glowing, and in particular praise the “realism.”
But from “realism,” we get to reality. Activision Blizzard, the company behind the game, is using the proceeds from the sale of Modern Warfare 2 to fund organizations that provide veterans with job training and placement.
There are more than a half million unemployed veterans living in the United States. For soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines making the transition back into civilian life, funding job training and placement are important and earned considerations.
Call of Duty Endowment (or CODE), Activision Blizzard’s non-profit benefit corporation’s first grant is $125,000 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, to help build a new vocational services center in Boston. CODE’s directors say they hope to raise millions more for such projects.
I look at this as a video game company doing the right thing by servicing those glorified on their highly profitable videos: we glorify fighting men and women; we honor them when they fall; now, one video company exploiting those realities to make a huge profit is honoring them in their need.
‘Tis the season to be giving…so give generously…but also give wisely.
You might have heard a recent report about Congressional hearings regarding a number of Veteran’s Charities. It seems that one of the two worst performing charitable categories is “Veterans and Military.” It is a sorry story that hundreds of millions of dollars raised in the name of injured military are being squandered by charities that take advantage of our compassion for the soldiers that have sacrificed their lives and health to protect us and our international interests. Continue reading
Forgive my rage, but a lawsuit is the most gentle response I can think of for what I’d like to have happen to the members and leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.
These pseudo-pious creeps traverse America showing up at the funerals of our fallen military carrying signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers” sent to fight for the “United States of Sodomy.” They believe that the death of US servicemen and women in Iraq is God’s punishment for this country’s “tolerance of homosexuality.” Townsfolk from across the land, local police and firefighters, Patriot Guard bikers and others have shown up each time to try to build a compassionate barrier between these vulgar desecrators and the mourning family and friends. Continue reading
This is a “huzzah” to a bunch of Democrats for doing the right thing, and we have to join them.
A group of Congressmen has asked the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to reconsider its obnoxious, disgusting, and horrible ban on the flag-folding ceremony at military funerals, after the agency decided last month to “streamline” burials at Federal cemeteries. It gets worse. Continue reading