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  • Blog
    Mon, 20 Mar 2017
    ArticleThank You For Your Service

    When I was a grunt in the military, I remember our reaction to the now still ubiquitous “Thank you for your service” (TYFYS). It speaks to the element of Sparta that I was a part of that few people around me were not against the war and in the particular unit I was in, to include myself, many were for it. I won’t bother... more...

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    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    ArticleWar Pays My Bills.

    Almost everything I own is a result of the war in Afghanistan. My car, my clothing, my guns, my apartment The income I have invested in stocks, and other financial funds are also because of the war. The war made me better. I think it made me appreciate my life, my family and where I came from. Every day I think about how grateful I am... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 2 Mar 2017
    ArticleKuwait

    I just stepped off the plane for my first active duty tour in Iraq. It is 2003 and I am taking my first steps in Kuwait.  I hear people speaking in a language that I cannot understand.  I feel overwhelmed.  As soon as we land, everything is fast paced. I worry that I might not be able to process things quickly in a... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    ArticleA Journey of Leading: From Hell to Abundance

    In The Beginning As the oldest of four kids, and second oldest of twenty grandchildren, I’ve had my share of opportunities in leading others. Accountability rested on my shoulders. My elders directed their questions to me if we did not complete our chores. Oftentimes those questions turned to physical and emotional abuse at the... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017
    ArticleMore than Real

    Whilst in a heavy dream state, the kind that weighs your head down with pressure, I nearly poked my eye out with my thumb. This awakened me. A reflex reaction, similar to a mosquito bite, or an inner itch in the ear - the jerk surprised me more than the piercing pain. Now 5AM, I couldn’t sleep, and the cold January air seeped... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    ArticleVideo Game Therapy for Veterans

    When veterans return home from war they are left with physical and mental scars that hinder life significantly. PTSD and TBI are a string of letters that need no introduction in the acronym overdose of military jargon – and these have unfortunately creeped into civilian speak because of the large scale of these issues. And sadly... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 6 Feb 2017
    ArticleWhere I Thought I Should Have Been in March 2002

    After much deliberation I decided to leave active duty military service and return to my mother’s home in New York. It was March 2002 and I was an E-5 sergeant and had been one for all of six months. Back in the unit I should still have been considered a buck sergeant but I do not remember ever being called one following the... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 30 Jan 2017
    ArticleHomeward Bound

    I return from an active duty tour to find that my house is no longer my home I open my door to my house and there is another family living in it They tell me they have been renting it for two months I cannot find my wife and kids I do not know where to look I had a life when I left I had friends when I left They do not feel like... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 23 Jan 2017
    ArticleIgnorance of My Peers

    As I sit in a guard tower in a Balkan country, I wonder what my life would be like if I had attended college instead of joining the military. I think of the man I am today, back to the boy I was around seven years ago; who my friends were compared to who they are now; what’s important to me today compared to years past. I often... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 16 Jan 2017
    ArticleOn Women and the Draft

    Growing up in the third wave of feminism during the 1980s, girls of my generation were taught that not only were we able to do it all, we were able to do it all without men, and that in fact, doing it without men should be our #1 goal as strong, modern young women. Men, it turned out, were mere hindrances to careers and lifestyles that... more...

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