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    Mon, 7 Jul 2014
    ArticleMouth Shut, Eyes Open: Five Critical Lessons I...

    Back in March, I stumbled on a brand new pilot program through my home institution in Iowa, Central College. This program places an emphasis on social justice and requires an internship in New York City. I was ecstatic to hear that I’d been accepted!  While other college kids would be working summer jobs at fast food joints, I... more...

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    Thu, 19 Jun 2014
    ArticleOpen Letter to a Warrior

    Dear Grifter, It’s been almost four days since we learned you are trapped in Iraq with ISIS forces breathing down your neck. Since then you’ve been on our minds like a song stuck on repeat.  This, as you know, is extremely odd considering that you’ve never met us.  Unless you count meeting in cyberspace which... more...

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    Wed, 4 Jun 2014
    ArticleAmerican: The Bergdahl Test

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…,” unless you are a member of the United States military in which abiding by your word can mean the difference between life and death for yourself or members of your unit. The Taliban’s release of army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has left many at a loss... more...

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    Mon, 21 Apr 2014
    Long Division

    Our guest blogger is Grifter, author of the Musings of a Grey Man articles at OAF Nation.  Grifter is a Marine Corps veteran and served in the special operations community.  As such, anonymity is required and provides a unique basis for his compelling point of view in this very personal blog.   Last week, I discussed the... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 1 Apr 2014
    ArticleThe Loss of Lessons Learned

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana It is never difficult to find something to write about concerning the veteran-civilian divide.  The challenge tends to be finding a unique voice that inspires understanding and action.   Yesterday, however, something crossed my... more...

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    Tue, 4 Mar 2014
    ArticleCastaways

    “Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…six passengers set sail that day for a three hour tour…” Like Gilligan, my friends and I had literally gone on a three hour tour.  There we were, trapped on a Greek isle while the sea raged around the little tour boat and as ... more...

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    Thu, 20 Feb 2014
    ArticleCalled Back to Duty

    Today's guest blogger is Chase Thomas, veteran, pre-med student and President of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at Robert Morris University.  Hailing from Beaver Falls, PA, near Pittsburgh, Chase served four years in the Marine Corps as a Sergeant, machine gun Section Leader and infantry machine gunner.  He... more...

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  • Blog
    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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