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- BlogWed, 2 May 2018Veterans and the 2nd Amendment
It was a different time, and I was a different man then. It’s not easy to draw a straight line from there, where guns seemed a natural part of my life to now where the sight of the protesting Parkland students fill me with renewed hope for the future of this nation. It is not that I think that any single gun control measure alone would be a panacea, but we need to have the conversation about all the factors that go into gun deaths, including suicide. This is a necessary step in our growth as a country.more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogThu, 29 Mar 2018Vietnam Revisited
Though generations apart, veterans of the Vietnam War and current wars share many things in common when it comes to life after service, like communities that don’t honor them as much as they should, a failing healthcare system, and a struggle to make ends meet... Veterans must have a hand in reclaiming their civilian lives after separating from service, but first they need clear access to the benefits due them. Basic human necessities are denied so many veterans who served their country. Vietnam Veterans deserved better than they got and today’s service men and women deserve better too.more...Filters: Service Together
- 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