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    Thu, 9 Nov 2017
    blogThe 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...

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    Mon, 31 Jul 2017
    blogThe 9/11 Memorial and Museum

    In April, I visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was not my first visit, and I’m sure it will not be the last one. I visited with a group of fellow writers, and we took the subway down. Even though I live in the Bronx, I had not taken the subway in quite some time, a year or more. I simply had no need. Where I was living at the... more...

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    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    blogTango Mike, Sergeant Bierbrodt

    In January 2006, ABC reporter Bob Woodruff found himself in the wrong place and time in the Middle East. He was reporting from the hatch of an armored vehicle when a 125mm shell, also known as an IED, exploded. Mr. Woodruff and his cameraman were filming when it happened, which is quite possibly why they were attacked. Their bodies were... more...

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    Mon, 1 May 2017
    blogA Warning to Ignorant Americans: Be Prepared

    Iraq was the prime mover. Sure, my ex kicked my ass, and boot camp also put my butt into gear. But Iraq was the tipping point. It’s what politicized me. So much so that I have changed my legal middle name. I mean, my former legal middle name was Owen, which is my father’s legal middle name. I had no real attachment to it,... more...

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016
    blogWhat it Means to Be a Veteran Nowadays

    I’m starring in a movie, and I’m doing nothing but running. I run really hard and long. High and low. I stop to spit out a lung before I completely exhaust myself, but no, I don’t do that. I don’t stop for a single second because I’m in a race and I need to keep running. As I’m running, I meet some... more...

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    Mon, 7 Nov 2016
    blogIt’s Important That You Vote—Period

    Generally speaking, cities like Chicago, L.A. and New York swing their state in a particular political direction with little to no recourse. The election tomorrow should be no different. What should be different is your level of commitment. You should vote not only tomorrow but in every single election legally available to you. Party... more...