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- BlogThu, 21 Jan 2016On 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 8 Jan 2016On 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 3 Dec 2015What 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 26 Oct 2015Iraq 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 13 Apr 2015My 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogTue, 17 Mar 2015Tell 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 6 Mar 2015That 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogTue, 3 Feb 2015James 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogWed, 21 Jan 2015I’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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 8 Jan 2015Later, 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...Filters: Service Together