April 22, 2013 4:31 PM by Wade Blogs
The Duffel Blog is an American military news satire organization featuring satirical articles reporting on US military news. It is often described as “the military version of popular fake newsblog “The Onion.” It all started in in March 2012 by Marine veteran Paul Szoldra, originally as a way to drive web traffic to his website CollegeVeteran.com. The website, CollegeVeteran.com is a start-up website that will help veterans manage the transition from the battlefield to the college classroom. Over the course of a few months, It eventually branched out and became its own entertainment website.
The blog has more than 47,000 fans on Facebook and about 3,000 Twitter followers. Among their spoof articles are one that suggested a speech by the Commanding General of Fort Benning resulted in a deadly riot, and another that said uncounted military absentee ballots would have resulted in Mitt Romney winning the 2012 US Presidential Election. In November 2012, the site launched an online petition to the White House to lift the services’ bans on hands in pockets. Yet another, about Guantanamo detainees getting GI Bill benefits, resulted in a formal inquiry by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.
If you’re are an avid reader of military books and keep up to date with current military affairs, you have to add this blog to your daily viewing cycle. I find myself reading this and laughing pretty hard while at work. But the best part about this blog is that it gives veterans suffering for PTSD a chance to laugh and forget about the perils of war.