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  • Blog
    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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  • Blog
    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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  • Blog
    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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  • Blog
    Tue, 18 Jun 2013
    ArticleConstruction Ahead

    Since moving to New York I have been making a home out of my apartment very slowly, a little paint here, some construction there, as I learn what works with the space I have. There is construction underway with the Dialogues as well. It has been a very busy month for the VCD, erecting bridges that span the veteran-civilian divide in... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 6 May 2013
    A Surprising Start

    My second day as Manager of the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue program at Intersections International was a day of surprising invitations, one seemingly having nothing to do with the other. First, I was invited to write a blog as the newest member of the Intersections team... My mind was abuzz with so many thoughts! What could I possibly say... more...

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    Tue, 16 Apr 2013
    ArticleWhat happens when women get together to talk...

    More than fifty civilian and veteran women came together on March 15, 2013, for Intersections International’s first ever women’s Veteran-Civilian Dialogue (VCD). It was—and is—a critical time for women civilians and veterans to come together: less than two months prior to our VCD, the Pentagon lifted its ban on... more...

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