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  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleOn Adversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? The media often presents two distinct images of veterans. To begin, they are strong, patriotic warriors, standing tall in their crisp uniforms, marching in perfect unison. Then, outside of uniform, they are broken. They wait in line at the VA. They are missing limbs, fighting a war in... more...

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    Fri, 8 Jan 2016
    ArticleOn Diversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? Do they look like this gentleman, who happens to pop up first when you type “veteran” into a google image search?     What about this image, depicting a Vietnam veteran embracing a young marine?     Or does he look more like this... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 3 Dec 2015
    ArticleWhat does it mean to serve?

    My husband and I spent three years stationed at Fort Polk. If you’ve ever been to Fort Polk you’ll understand why we traveled, far away, as often as possible. Weekends and vacations brought us to New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and home to New York. On these breaks we eagerly slipped back into the normal life our peers lived,... more...

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    Mon, 26 Oct 2015
    ArticleIraq and Afghanistan

    Time is relentless. Sometimes hours pass in a heartbeat; other times, years unfold without our even seeming to notice. On October 15, President Obama announced a reversal in U.S. policy in Afghanistan, saying that American forces will remain until at least 2017, beyond the length of his second term in office. Back in 2008, then Senator... more...

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    Mon, 13 Apr 2015
    ArticleMy Farewell Message: Advance, Never Retreat!

    “And through all this welter of change and development your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purpose, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 17 Mar 2015
    ArticleTell It Like It Is

    Of all the advice out there for veterans returning home, perhaps none is more timely, encouraging and honest than the guidance from Eric Greitans, Navy SEAL, award-winning author, Rhodes Scholar, and Founder of The Mission Continues.  In his article 7 Things I’d Like Every New Veteran to Keep In Mind Eric speaks from... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 6 Mar 2015
    ArticleThat Which I Love Destroys Me

    Some people go to Florida or the Caribbean for winter break. My colleagues and I? We went to the frozen tundra of Iowa. Although there were no soft beaches or azure waters, it was amazing! The greater Des Moines area is striving to make their communities among the most veteran-friendly in the nation. We held key meetings with the... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 3 Feb 2015
    ArticleJames Armistead went from slave, to spy, to...

    Rebecca’s note:  African Americans played a critical role in The Revolutionary War and helped change the course of world history. One such man was James Armistead, America’s first double-agent. Join me in learning more about his extraordinary contributions through author Karen Holt’s reflection on this unsung... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 21 Jan 2015
    ArticleI’d Take a Bullet for You

    Dear Michael Moore, It’s my job to bridge the veteran-civilian divide in America. However, this time I have to admit I’m unable to separate myself from the role of military veteran in order to maintain objectivity. Let me ask you a very simple question: Would you take a bullet for me?  I really want to know; I would... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 8 Jan 2015
    ArticleLater, ISAF. Proud to Have Been a Part.

    The New Year brought more than just our personal resolutions for change, but also the end of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan and the beginning of the Resolute Support mission. True Boots author Kristen Rouse, veteran of three tours in Afghanistan and Defense Council member of the... more...

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