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- BlogMon, 27 Mar 2017“She Started It”: Why the Marine Internet...
I refuse to be disgusted or outraged by the revelation this week that thousands of Marines and other military members actively violated the privacy of their “sisters in arms” by posting their naked pictures online without their knowledge or consent. I refuse to default to the usual complaint about the top brass doing... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 27 Mar 2017Symptom of the Disease
I was not surprised when I learned that the Marine Corps’ nude-photo-sharing story proved to be just the beginning of an even bigger problem – encompassing all the major branches of the military in a sexual scandal that has rocked the nation. I thought back to the time of my own Army service when a new female... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 20 Mar 2017Thank You For Your Service
When I was a grunt in the military, I remember our reaction to the now still ubiquitous “Thank you for your service” (TYFYS). It speaks to the element of Sparta that I was a part of that few people around me were not against the war and in the particular unit I was in, to include myself, many were for it. I won’t bother... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 13 Mar 2017War Pays My Bills.
Almost everything I own is a result of the war in Afghanistan. My car, my clothing, my guns, my apartment The income I have invested in stocks, and other financial funds are also because of the war. The war made me better. I think it made me appreciate my life, my family and where I came from. Every day I think about how grateful I am... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 2 Mar 2017Kuwait
I just stepped off the plane for my first active duty tour in Iraq. It is 2003 and I am taking my first steps in Kuwait. I hear people speaking in a language that I cannot understand. I feel overwhelmed. As soon as we land, everything is fast paced. I worry that I might not be able to process things quickly in a... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 27 Feb 2017A Journey of Leading: From Hell to Abundance
In The Beginning As the oldest of four kids, and second oldest of twenty grandchildren, I’ve had my share of opportunities in leading others. Accountability rested on my shoulders. My elders directed their questions to me if we did not complete our chores. Oftentimes those questions turned to physical and emotional abuse at the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 20 Feb 2017More than Real
Whilst in a heavy dream state, the kind that weighs your head down with pressure, I nearly poked my eye out with my thumb. This awakened me. A reflex reaction, similar to a mosquito bite, or an inner itch in the ear - the jerk surprised me more than the piercing pain. Now 5AM, I couldn’t sleep, and the cold January air seeped... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 13 Feb 2017Video Game Therapy for Veterans
When veterans return home from war they are left with physical and mental scars that hinder life significantly. PTSD and TBI are a string of letters that need no introduction in the acronym overdose of military jargon – and these have unfortunately creeped into civilian speak because of the large scale of these issues. And sadly... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 6 Feb 2017Where I Thought I Should Have Been in March 2002
After much deliberation I decided to leave active duty military service and return to my mother’s home in New York. It was March 2002 and I was an E-5 sergeant and had been one for all of six months. Back in the unit I should still have been considered a buck sergeant but I do not remember ever being called one following the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 30 Jan 2017Homeward Bound
I return from an active duty tour to find that my house is no longer my home I open my door to my house and there is another family living in it They tell me they have been renting it for two months I cannot find my wife and kids I do not know where to look I had a life when I left I had friends when I left They do not feel like... more...Filters: Service Together