The show is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives and was written by a former Fayetteville (North Carolina, the city just outside Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne Division) Observer military reporter. I saw part of this show a few weeks ago, and couldn't even sit through the whole episode. I just wasn't impressed at all the inaccuracies.
Now Manuel De Jesus, the executive director of the 82nd Airborne Association, is complaining to the Division Commander.
In the letter, De Jesus said members of the association were appalled that the patch was on dress uniforms worn by actors and that an altered version of the patch was shown later in the series.
He wants the 82nd to investigate whether the show has the right to use the unit’s patch, and he wants the show’s producers to stop using it.
De Jesus said he doesn’t like the show, nor does he think it paints an accurate picture of Army wives.
“We fear that this reference to our distinguished division in a ‘reality-based’ show such as this one will add to the negative publicity that our brave troopers and their families are already faced with,” wrote De Jesus, who represents more than 12,000 current and past members of the division and their spouses.
The 82nd Airborne Division wears a distinct, square, red, white and blue, “AA’’ shoulder patch with an Airborne tab.
Maj. Tom Earnhardt, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne, said the division’s patch is a “registered collective membership mark” and cannot be used commercially without permission.
“We’re appreciative of their efforts in defense of our logo and the heritage associated with it,” Earnhardt said. “Our families represent the best our country has to offer in service to the nation, and we reject any depiction to the contrary.”
It is unclear if the Army has raised any formal objections.
It pisses me off that producers and writers try to pass this drivel off as "accurate" when they can't even take the time to get the details right.