Author Blair Tomlinson

In honor of Independence Day the “daily deal” site, LivingSocial, is offering 50 percent off USO care packages. For $25 you can purchase a care package for a deployed troop full of $50 worth of stuff. Care package goodies can include snacks, phone cards, toiletries and more. In addition if you buy this deal you will receive a T-shirt in return. You only have nine more days, so get on it!

The Walt Disney Company is looking to hire 1,000 veterans over the next three years. Company President and CEO Bob Iger announced  the company wide initiative called “Heroes Work Here” on Tuesday, March 13th. There is much more to the new program than just hiring vets. Disney will hold career fairs, offer training and volunteer opportunities. And don’t think you have to head to Orlando just to work at Disney.  The company owns ESPN and ABC. Here is a full list of the companies in the Disney family. Want to make your dreams come true? Check out the Disney Careers…

Cee Lo Green nabbed Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson for his team on NBC’s The Voice on Monday. After her performance of Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker,” Cee Lo said “I love a girl with guts and confidence.” Johnson was discovered on YouTube covering Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” with her band Sidewinder. The video now has over 2 million hits. Sidewinder is part of the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, Air National Guard.

Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport was a sea of green tiger stripe camo yesterday morning. The men and women of the  9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq, the 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, the 368th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group and the 467th Air Expeditionary Group arrived home just in time for the holidays. [nggallery id=1]

“Didn’t we make a bet that you said when we finally came out of Iraq you’d let me shave your head one more time?” General Raymond Odierno asked Stephen Colbert, during Odierno’s second appearance on the Colbert Report. “No we did not!” Colbert said grinning ear to ear with an audience cheering in the background “DO IT , DO IT , DO IT!” Giggling, Colbert said, “Unless the President is about to appear on that screen behind you, with all do respect you can go to hell.” (at about the 4 minute mark) Gen. Odierno and Colbert also brushed up…

The website has a plethora of video interviews with “Emmy winning TV legends.” In honor of Veterans Day, here is Andy Rooney, the CBS 60 Minutes broadcaster who died on Nov. 4,  giving an interview in 1999 on what it was like covering the 8th Air Force during World War II. [youtube][/youtube]