For the past two months, I’ve been working on-and-off shooting a 360 video piece to tell the story of one of the USO’s most popular programs: the care package program. Given the program’s wide geographical footprint, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the USO (and myself!) to dive into the world of immersive video production by taking viewers around the world.
After writing one too many stories about troops who had taken off to bomb Germany never to come back, Andy Rooney, along with seven other World War II correspondents, wanted to see the action.
“We were tired of going up to those air bases and interviewing young guys our age that had lost friends in battle and returning to the comforts of London that night,” Rooney said, according to Timothy Gay’s book, “Assignment to Hell.”
So, in a bold move, the reporters requested permission to ride along on an air raid so they could write about the dangers of bombing missions through vivid, firsthand accounts.
Staff Sgt. Megan Smith remembers the first time she made a 550 cord bracelet at USO Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
“I overhead two other people across the table excitedly talking about how they were making their bracelets for their kids,” Smith wrote in an email. “The genuine smiles on both of their faces were really amazing to see.”
That was the point Smith, who also volunteers at USO Camp Buehring, realized why the activity was so special.
“We take on the burden of understanding we will not be home for significant events,” Smith wrote. “But when we have the ability to influence our family’s day to day with a simple gift [like a handmade 550 cord bracelet sent from overseas], that leaves a lasting impression on our hearts.”
When was the last time someone asked you how well you were sleeping? Chances are, unless you just talked to your mom or visited the doctor, it’s been a while since anyone has taken an interest in your nightly shut-eye habits.
But it turns out that for people looking to live a fit-minded lifestyle, proper sleep habits — in addition to a balanced diet and exercise — are crucial to achieving any health and wellness goals, including weight loss. In fact, new studies show that poor sleep habits, like getting too little or too much sleep, can be enough to hamper the positive effects of maintaining a clean diet and regular workout routine.