As most of us have done in the last few years, I have forsaken the written daily newspaper for the immediacy of online news. I finally subscribed to the online version of the U.S. military newspaper “Stars and Stripes” (S&S). Anyone who has served overseas, anywhere in the world, will know exactly what I am talking about. The target audience of this respected newspaper is the men and women of our American armed forces. It is “an independent, First Amendment publication that serves the troops … especially deployed troops”.
This venerated newspaper was first published in 1861. I’m willing to bet not many active, reserve and National Guard troops as well as veterans know this fact. It was revitalized during World War I, then started publishing on a regular basis during World War II. Until the advent of radio, this paper was generally the only source of information for the military, either stationed overseas or remote areas of the United States, to get news from home and other events.