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- BlogMon, 13 Feb 2017Video Game Therapy for Veterans
When veterans return home from war they are left with physical and mental scars that hinder life significantly. PTSD and TBI are a string of letters that need no introduction in the acronym overdose of military jargon – and these have unfortunately creeped into civilian speak because of the large scale of these issues. And sadly... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 6 Feb 2017Where I Thought I Should Have Been in March 2002
After much deliberation I decided to leave active duty military service and return to my mother’s home in New York. It was March 2002 and I was an E-5 sergeant and had been one for all of six months. Back in the unit I should still have been considered a buck sergeant but I do not remember ever being called one following the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 30 Jan 2017Homeward Bound
I return from an active duty tour to find that my house is no longer my home I open my door to my house and there is another family living in it They tell me they have been renting it for two months I cannot find my wife and kids I do not know where to look I had a life when I left I had friends when I left They do not feel like... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 23 Jan 2017Ignorance of My Peers
As I sit in a guard tower in a Balkan country, I wonder what my life would be like if I had attended college instead of joining the military. I think of the man I am today, back to the boy I was around seven years ago; who my friends were compared to who they are now; what’s important to me today compared to years past. I often... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 16 Jan 2017On Women and the Draft
Growing up in the third wave of feminism during the 1980s, girls of my generation were taught that not only were we able to do it all, we were able to do it all without men, and that in fact, doing it without men should be our #1 goal as strong, modern young women. Men, it turned out, were mere hindrances to careers and lifestyles that... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 9 Jan 2017Survivor’s Spirit
For the purposes of this story we’ll call him Zach. Zach and I shared the same Battalion but the similarities ended there. I am black and Zach was white. I am from New York City while Zach grew up in the backwoods of the Midwest region of the United States. Our body shapes, the way we talked, what we ate, everything that could... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 2 Jan 2017So You Want To Be A Caregiver Supportive City?
Last summer I finally came up for air. Almost two years after my husband’s cancer diagnosis, and a year after his bone marrow transplant, I waded out of the most intensive and challenging period of caregiving I ever experienced. I began to focus my care inward. I went to the doctor and actually talked about my own health. I went to... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 19 Dec 2016The Long March Ahead: A Veteran’s Place in...
The day after the election felt all too familiar. It felt like 9/11. Then, as now, that day only promised a long road ahead. The years that followed, I dreaded a war I felt duty bound to fight. I was only twelve on 9/11, but I came from a family a Vietnamese refugees, for whom war and resistance is as much a part of the fabric of our... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 12 Dec 2016Trump Nation: How We Got Here and Why Service...
I knew that the 2016 Presidential Election would be contentious; the change of power in the highest office of global influence always is, especially when there has been a controversial leader in power for two terms and reelecting an incumbent is no longer an option. I wrote my book, “Politiquette,” to help American voters... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 5 Dec 2016My Career
How do I break away from the warrior spirit the Marines instilled in me? As I venture in the civilian world I remember the best and worst times of my life. Serving at the age of 17 was an extreme honor, and regardless of how you feel about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that was the pinnacle of my military service — being a part... more...Filters: Service Together