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- 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
- BlogMon, 28 Nov 2016What it Means to Be a Veteran Nowadays
I’m starring in a movie, and I’m doing nothing but running. I run really hard and long. High and low. I stop to spit out a lung before I completely exhaust myself, but no, I don’t do that. I don’t stop for a single second because I’m in a race and I need to keep running. As I’m running, I meet some... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 18 Nov 2016From the Campus Clubhouse
Each day in this election season there were articles and stories aplenty that highlighted our veterans and military. It feels like they are being used as a political football these days. It got me to thinking about the new crop of student veterans on campus this fall who are looking to navigate their way through college. But I am most... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 10 Nov 2016Anything for a Pair of Shoes
At a recent writing conference in Manhattan, I lunched with a group of other attendees. They were mostly newly retired women; savvy, professionally accomplished New Yorkers now looking to focus on the book they’d always dreamed of writing. We started talking about our work, and I told the women that my writing centers on the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 7 Nov 2016It’s Important That You Vote—Period
Generally speaking, cities like Chicago, L.A. and New York swing their state in a particular political direction with little to no recourse. The election tomorrow should be no different. What should be different is your level of commitment. You should vote not only tomorrow but in every single election legally available to you. Party... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogWed, 26 Oct 2016#VeteransforKaepernick
I’m not sure if public schools still do this but I remember standing, hand over heart, reciting the pledge of allegiance before the start of class each day. During this period in my life, even in the midst of a crack epidemic that gripped my neighborhood in its jaws like a vise, I loved my country. The pledge of allegiance and the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 20 Oct 2016Transitioned
It is well documented, and currently widely accepted, that the Vietnam Veteran generation was reviled and abandoned while serving on the battlefield and upon returning home. We were abandoned both individually and institutionally. We were unwelcome in the workplace and on the college campus. We were stigmatized in the media. We were,... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 7 Oct 2016Never the Victim
Bridging the gap. A term veterans hear often, and yet we still continue to struggle to understand what it means to serve and what it means to be a civilian. I got out of the Marines in 2014, and after indulging in a lifestyle less than honorable — including working at strip clubs, cutting class and hanging out with less than... more...Filters: Service Together