Terrorism in Modern Warfare 2 – Too Much, Too Far, Too Soon?

Still from the controversial airport terrorism level of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Still from the terrorist scene in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The newly released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is on the receiving end of controversy due to their level depicting terrorism in an airport.

In the beginning of the game, the user is warned of a “disturbing, graphic” level, but that’s only after you’ve opened the packaging and began playing the game. If you’re offended, you can’t return the game due to store policies, so you’re stuck with a game you find appalling.

My boyfriend purchased the game and when I saw the terrorism level, where innocent airport patrons are gunned down like sitting ducks, I was shocked and cannot believe the creators chose to include that story line, especially due to this country’s sensitivity to terrorism in our airports after 9/11.

On the topic of veterans, I feel the aforementioned level of the game is a smack in the face to everyone who was/is a victim of terrorism, and every member of the Armed Forces who fought and fight to ensure this country doesn’t experience terrorism in our country. I do not have a problem with the game as a hole because it’s a fairly realistic representation of a combat environment, but the graphic depiction of terrorism is, in my opinion, in bad taste.

Is it too soon to include this storyline in entertainment?

Should there be more obvious outside packaging warning gamers of the storyline’s content?

Who has played the game?

What does everyone think of the game so far?

Twitter Tuesday @WWPInc

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @wwpinc

@wwpinc is the official Twitter account for the Wounded Warrior Project, who is currently in the news for (as of press time) for their partnership with University of Maryland, University of South Carolina and Under Armour. The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is, according to their website, to honor and empower wounded warriors.

@wwpinc and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

What is the Wounded Warrior Project?

After the games on November 14,2009 with University of Maryland and University of South Carolina wearing specially designed Under Armour camouflage uniforms for the Wounded Warrior Project, I still found myself wondering what the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) was entirely. The uniforms raised awareness, but some are still unclear of what the project does. I seek to answer those questions.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is, according to their website, to honor and empower wounded warriors.

Wounded Warrior Project logo

The WWP works to achieve their mission by offering services of Warriors at Work, which is designed to help injured veterans find employment; Operation Outreach, which is a series of videos documenting the organization’s travels around the country meeting injured warriors; and coping services, which works as a support system for those injured.

Their calendar shows the organization’s presence at a number of events across the world, including Operation Vet Fest in Los Angeles, CA., MOTORFEST 2009-Custom Bike&Carshow in El Paso, TX and  the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Baghdad Shadow Run in Baghdad, Iraq.

The WWP’s website also hosts a social networking site for wounded warriors and their caregivers injured on or after on or after October 7, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom), which opens the window for communication and support from others in similar situations.

The Wounded Warrior Project makes donating easy by adding the ability to donate $5 to Wounded Warrior Project by texting ‘WWP’ to 90999 from your cell phone.

The Wounded Warrior Project can be found on Facebook and Twitter (@wwpinc).

Q&A With Steve Fink, Media Relations Director for University of South Carolina athletics

I spoke with Steve Fink, Media Relations Director for University of South Carolina athletics, before the game against Florida, and here are his thoughts on the partnership with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project.

What spawned the partnership with Under Armour for the camouflage football uniforms?

We have been in a partnership with Under Armour for a few years now, as they provide our uniforms and other apparel. They approached us about this idea for the Wounded Warrior Project and we were very receptive. We are honored to be part of this event.

Will anyone from the Wounded Warrior Project be present at the game on Saturday (i.e. soldiers, or military personnel)?

Yes, we have three honorary captains at the game – Steven Diaz, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dan Nevins, a staff sgt. In the U.S. Army (Ret.) and Michael G. Williams, a Tech. Sgt. In the U.S. Air Force – all of whom were wounded in the line of duty. In addition, we have given away approx. 250 tickets to the military for this game.

How does the football team feel about being one of the only two schools in the country offered this opportunity?

Here’s what was written in today’s Charleston Post & Courier:

South Carolina’s players seem to be taking seriously the opportunity Saturday to wear camouflage-splashed uniforms to help honor and support the Wounded Warrior Project.

“It’s definitely an honor for me and my teammates,” senior receiver Moe Brown said.

Brown said his uncle is retired from the Army, after stays in Iraq and Afghanistan. His brother, Martez, is in the Navy’s reserve program. [read more]

Are any football players on the team veterans themselves?

Deep snapper Matthew Grooms joined the Gamecocks after serving as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years as a mechanic, included a six-month stint in Iraq. Grooms, 26, is the oldest player on the squad. Walk-on freshman linebacker Matthew Ansley, a member of the Army Reserves, spent 18 months in Iraq, working as a gunner for convoy security and route clearance.

Is this partnership something you feel should continue every season and be expanded into other sports?

Certainly something we would consider.

Steve Fink, Media Relations Director for University of South Carolina athletics

Attention all bloggers!

I am opening It’s a Veterans World to a segment of guest bloggers.

This is the perfect opportunity for those of you who want to write a post, or two, but do not want the maintenance of your own blog.

If you’re interested, please leave me a comment.

Under Armour Joins University of Maryland and University of South Carolina Football In A Partnership With Wounded Warrior Project

The air is crisp, and the leaves are turning brown…which means only one thing: it’s football season!

SC jersey

University of South Carolina jersey (Photo Credit: Under Armour Communications department)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009, two college football teams will leave their traditional home uniforms behind and don a new uniform: camouflage.

In partnership with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project, University of Maryland and University of South Carolina will play their games against Virginia Tech and University of Florida in specially designed Under Armour uniforms.

Under Armour and Wounded Warrior Project decided to join forces and use the birthplace of UA- the football field- as a platform to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. The brand’s long-standing relationship and all-sport sponsorships at both schools made them perfect candidates for the first Wounded Warrior Project Games Powered by Under Armour.

Danielle Cavalli, who works in Communications for Under Armour, explained how the partnership between the brand, the project and the two chosen schools came together on a new venture to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

We have three honorary captains at the game – Steven Diaz, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dan Nevins, a staff sgt. In the U.S. Army (Ret.) and Michael G. Williams, a Tech. Sgt. In the U.S. Air Force – all of whom were wounded in the line of duty. In addition, we have given away approx. 250 tickets to the military for this game.

According to Steve Fink, Media Relations Director for University of South Carolina athletics, the USC game against University of Florida will have the visual of the camouflage football uniforms but former service members wounded in the line of duty will be present to put a face to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Both games will air nationally. I’ll be watching the University of Maryland game. Will anyone be attending or watching either game?

Food For Thought: Obama says decision soon for troops in Afghanistan

Cue music…it’s Food for Thought Friday!

The front page of Yahoo.com features this headline: Obama: Decision soon on troops for Afghanistan.

The article was quite vague about what Obama is decisding about Afghanistan, but about 3/4 down the article it became clearer:

On Afghanistan, Obama said he was not waiting for any new information. Rather, he said, he wants to be sure he strikes the right balance before committing more U.S. troops and billions of dollars to the 8-year-old conflict.

He didn’t say he is sending more troops, but he didn’t say he is withdrawing the ones currently in combat.

I remember over the summer Obama announced his Iraq withdrawl plan, then subsequently announced his plan to send thousands more troops into Afghanistan.

Obama isn’t sure what he’s doing in Afghanistan, and I want to know how that Iraq withdrawl plan is progressing.

Will this war ever come to an end? Will the United States government be clear on any decisions about out troops?

Just some food for thought.