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    Mon, 10 Feb 2014
    ArticleWhat Has It Been For?

    There is a question snaking out from the underbrush: “What has it been for?”  It slithers on the heels of the return of insurgents in Fallujah, the film Lone Survivor, and release of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ memoir.  Personally, and I say this respectfully, I find this to be a naïve... more...

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    Fri, 24 Jan 2014
    ArticleThe U.S. Marines and a Cautionary Tale

    I needed to take a seat when I read the news. On the morning of January 9th, the New York Times ran a front page article entitled, “Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There.”  It was aptly described in the article as a gut punch. I had not personally fought in Operation Phantom Fury, but one of the worse... more...

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    Mon, 6 Jan 2014
    Article“Yesterday’s Warriors. Today’s Scholars....

    A few years ago, I was told in no uncertain terms that military service is simply another form of social welfare and that those of us in the military aren’t smart enough or qualified to do much else. I thought of those words a number of times over the past three days while I was at the Student-Veterans of America (SVA) 6th Annual... more...

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    Mon, 16 Dec 2013
    ArticleBeyond Boundaries: A Stranger’s Call, A TEDx,...

    When I answered a phone call from a complete stranger back in October, I had no idea that the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue (VCD) had spilled over into circles of academic research.   Yet, there it was - a phone call from Virginia Tech.  More specifically, it was a call from Eric Hodges, Marine Corps veteran, and PhD candidate... more...

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    Tue, 5 Nov 2013
    ArticleWhat Does it Feel Like to Leave?

    Today's guest blogger is Tyler Consoer, college student and military dependent. Tyler’s father has served in the military for over twenty years, including deployments with the US Marines in Operation Desert Storm, as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a medivac unit with the National Guard. Tyler attends Central College... more...

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    Tue, 15 Oct 2013
    ArticleAre YOU a Spartan?

    Spar·tan  /ˈspärtn/  adjective 1:  of or relating to Sparta in ancient Greece 2a:  marked by strict self-discipline or self-denial  <a Spartan athlete>   b:  undaunted by pain or danger Mud. Barbed wire. Fire. Are you a Spartan? As those familiar with us know, the... more...

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    Mon, 9 Sep 2013
    ArticleOur Identity in Syria: Superhero or Commissioner?

    When DC comics introduced Batman as the Caped Crusader in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics (#27), the Police Department was scripted to be the first on the scene. The Fire Department was also on the job when the Dark Knight came to rescue the citizens of Gotham City. The superhero was rallied to appear in the moment of crisis by... more...

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2013
    ArticleThe Facebook Factor

    Every morning and evening I take my ritual commuter subway ride. At the end of nearly every train journey I find that at some point I've done two things (besides chastise myself for forgetting hand sanitizer again):  1) swept the car with my eyes, searching for a sign of a fellow veteran – inked skin that tells our story,... more...

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    Fri, 2 Aug 2013
    ArticleThe Magic of Red, White & Blue

    FOMO- Fear of Missing Out. Like many people, when I fall ill I usually contract FOMO in conjunction with whatever illness I might have. This week was no exception. I was ill and there was so much to do: meetings, ongoing preparations for the Intersections office move, development for upcoming Dialogue events, and plans to go running with... more...

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    Fri, 19 Jul 2013
    ArticleVeterans, Civilians, Sons and Brothers

    “What do YOU have to bring to the table in a conversation with a veteran forty-four years out of Vietnam and a younger veteran coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, both suffering from severe PTSD?” The question I asked myself was blaring in my head louder than a fire alarm in a library.  I had a restless night before... more...

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