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- BlogMon, 19 Mar 2018Trees are Worth Fighting For
Seven years have passed since I returned home from combat in the most violent province of Afghanistan. I returned to East Moriches, a sleepy hamlet on the doorstep of Long Island’s south fork, where my wife and I purchased a two bedroom yellow cottage nestled among oaks and walnuts with peek hole views of Heart Cove. The open air barbecues and the chirping birds were a welcome escape. At least that’s what I thought, until another meltdown happened.more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogWed, 7 Feb 2018How Does a Government Shutdown Affect Military...
While shutdowns are a rare occurrence, military families don’t easily forget each one. In 2013, the government closure went past pay day for a majority of Department of Defense employees, including military members, leaving millions of people in a scramble to pay their bills.more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogTue, 6 Feb 2018Chelsea Manning Running for US Senate - An...
Last week, former soldier Chelsea Manning, announced she was running for Senate in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. Formerly Bradley Manning, she is a transgender candidate known for her 2013 convictions in violation of the Espionage Act, stealing government property, violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, among... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 9 Nov 2017The WWII Myth
Why do we Americans continue to subscribe to the World War II myth, the myth that all of our country’s World War II veterans are or should be venerated? Who’s to blame? Hollywood? Jeremy Warneke, Craft of War Writing Instructor Articles like 7 Lessons in Manliness From the Greatest Generation don’t help. In it,... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogWed, 18 Oct 2017From Szczecin to DC, a Curtain of Ignorance and...
When I tell people where my fiancé is from, I proudly recall that Churchill mentioned her hometown in his famous Iron Curtain Speech. Her town of birth, Szczecin, was once a part of Germany—and the northern end of Churchill’s Iron Curtain. If you wander through its streets you’ll see German buildings and,... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 5 Oct 2017Yes, Black Lives Matter, why do you ask?
I was living comfortably as a middle-class stooge in Manhattan when a discussion among friends moved to police killings. I mentioned that the little I knew about the police was that their training was insufficient and the shootings, though certainly race-based, could be laid upon the doorsteps of this training. Looking back at this... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 21 Sep 2017Slavery in the 21st Century and the 13th...
When my fiancé and I arrived in Aruba, my only knowledge of the island was a missing white girl from a few years back. Well, that and the resorts for which I had come. The first few days we spent there we did the typical bourgeois things such as sit on the beach and swim and cool off in the cafes. And, if only to highlight from... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 11 Sep 2017Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of...
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, David Fagin published an opinion piece titled Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Serving Your Country? about a group of veterans that served as armed guards for Nazi protesters. Noting that this group of veterans claim their deployment experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 28 Aug 2017Finally, I get to experience the world
One of the worst things about being deployed was being trapped on the base all the time. On the occasions that I did get to venture out, I was restricted to when and where I could go. I understood the necessity of the restrictions, but would have really liked more freedom to explore my surroundings. However, I found that... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 11 Aug 2017Service Together
My favorite movie is Good Will Hunting. I saw it for the first time shortly after the movie was released in January of 1998. I was 16 years old and found myself enjoying everything about the movie; pretty soon I was able to quote whole scenes much to the delight (and shortly annoyance) of my friends and family. One scene that stands out... more...Filters: Service Together