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- BlogMon, 1 May 2017A 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 17 Apr 2017The 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 3 Apr 2017Selective 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...Filters: Service Together
- 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