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    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleTango Mike, Sergeant Bierbrodt

    In January 2006, ABC reporter Bob Woodruff found himself in the wrong place and time in the Middle East. He was reporting from the hatch of an armored vehicle when a 125mm shell, also known as an IED, exploded. Mr. Woodruff and his cameraman were filming when it happened, which is quite possibly why they were attacked. Their bodies were... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Way Forward (On the Graduation of the U.S....

    Body bags laid out like black piano keys The somber discordant score of war. Brought up on the dream The impervious fighting machine The American soldier, G.I. Joe, now Jane Gladiator, warrior, hero of the world. This is equality. One finally equals one Right down to shaved heads No gender bias for killing... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Long Hand of the Pigeon

    As a child I used to believe in just wars, trusting my elders and being able to isolate evil people in the world. All part of my miseducation, I suppose. I’ve come a long way and now look back at this time as an odd dream. I think back in anger at all that was fed to me through school and elsewhere. This is not to say that I am... more...

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    Mon, 19 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Veteran and Pit-bull-itus

    We were picking up a friend when I saw a man pushing down a woman. I walked over and managed to pull him off of her. Of course, he wouldn’t leave her alone, a little too much alcohol on board.  I told another bystander to call the cops, after asking if she wanted them. I asked because it was Seattle, they were minorities, and... more...

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    Mon, 19 Jun 2017
    ArticleI Went to Pakistan Looking for Answers, I Found a...

    This spring, I attended an interreligious peace conference in Pakistan. When I landed, I thought that Spring would bring fighting season soon, just a few hundred kilometers north.  The late March heat in Lahore and Islamabad thrust me back into the sights and sounds of Central Asia, the smell of korma, the wail of the Azan at prayer... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticleWanderlust

    The contract that I signed when I joined the Army reflected that I would serve no more than the four years that I signed up for. I put in a little overtime during that stretch (in those days you had to treat the military contract like a + 1 wedding invite; the + 1 in my case reflects the extra year of overseas duty after I got... more...

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    Mon, 5 Jun 2017
    ArticleAging in the Time of Endless War

    When I visited the Brooks Range north of the Arctic Circle many summers ago, I was hit with a curtain of ice that cut down much of my hiking. I was short on food at this point: oatmeal, cliff bars, and a block of emergency rations meant for shipwrecked souls. Perhaps I was shipwrecked, philosophically speaking, but I managed to take in... more...

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    Mon, 29 May 2017
    ArticleHow to Communicate Through Deployment: Tips...

    Long-distance relationships are hard under any circumstances. Add in stress of danger, work, separation of home life, and more (you know, the other stuff that comes from being deployed, not just on a work trip), and it's a scenario that's downright painful. Yet there are plenty of spouses who live this reality every single day.... more...

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    Mon, 29 May 2017
    ArticleWriting As A Veteran

    There is much talk about the veteran civilian divide. Indeed, there is plenty separating those from Sparta and those from Babylon—to butcher a pair of historical metaphors—but as a writer, I know there’s plenty they have in common, and one thing in particular: their reaction to writers, negative, as it were. And more... more...

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    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticleRaising Military Children Part 2: Exposure

    The military life is not an easy one, adding parenthood to the mix complicates it even more. As parents we have a huge responsibility to raise our children to be the leaders of this world and in my opinion, it is our responsibility to expose them to the world, to teach them to think outside the box and to appreciate the little things in... more...

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