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  • Blog
    Mon, 15 May 2017
    ArticleRaising Military Children Part 1: Resiliency

    In today’s world raising children is not an easy feat. There are a lot of external factors that affect parenting styles. Adding the adversities brought on by a military lifestyle complicates everything even more. Our military children are forced to deal with a lot of life challenges at a very young age and it is our job as parents... more...

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    Mon, 8 May 2017
    ArticleFashion Authority

    Like any responsible fashion-conscious New Yorker, I follow every luxury retailer on Instagram.  It is a hardship to keep up with all of the trends, a social media minefield of knowing things like what is the current it-bag and making sure not to carry it, myself.  The goal after all, is to be trendy without being like everyone... more...

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    Mon, 8 May 2017
    ArticlePredation in the Military: When Killers Turn...

    After being accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman while on temporary assignment in Virginia Beach, Petty Officer First Class Gregory Kyle Seerden, 31, of Missouri, had his cell phone confiscated by the he Naval Criminal Investigative Service. What they found on the Navy SEAL’s cell phone were 78 photos of child... more...

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    Mon, 1 May 2017
    ArticleA Warning to Ignorant Americans: Be Prepared

    Iraq was the prime mover. Sure, my ex kicked my ass, and boot camp also put my butt into gear. But Iraq was the tipping point. It’s what politicized me. So much so that I have changed my legal middle name. I mean, my former legal middle name was Owen, which is my father’s legal middle name. I had no real attachment to it,... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Apr 2017
    ArticleThe Veteran Death Wish

    If a man says he is going to kill himself, we have a straightforward piece of information to work with. If a man is at risk for a fatal disease, like a heart attack or lung cancer, and refuses to change his behavior, how should we consider that? I have a theory.  I believe many vets want to be dead but don't want to pull... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 3 Apr 2017
    ArticleSelective Privilege

    Veteran privilege. This is a phrase that invokes a broad range of reactions depending on who the audience is. From bland nonchalance to foaming mouth religious fervor, the American public’s feelings about veteran privilege runs a gamut of emotions. Does veteran privilege exist? Some people would reason that yes; given the... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    Article“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...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    ArticleSymptom 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...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 20 Mar 2017
    ArticleThank 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...

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    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    ArticleWar 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...

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