Divorce, Loss, And Success – A Veterans Perspective

I had what every man envied, a wife that made life meaningful.  Beautiful.  Caring.  Funny.  Since the day she first caught my eye, I thought of her constantly - I still do. I could laugh with her over anything.  Her smile could crush me and heal me in the same instant.  We made fun of each other and told one another things no transitory couple would (or could). 

The Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund

The Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund was started in 2010 by Reconnaissance Marines to honor the memory of their fallen brothers.  After returning home from Afghanistan a small group of men were presented with the idea of a scholarship to keep the memory of their brothers alive.

First Sergeant Hill

Memorial Day is a complicated holiday for some of us. Nothing can cast into sharp relief the chasm, real or imagined, between GWOT vets...

Military Regulations: Winning Battles Since 1775

Ahhhh, military regulations. Few topics evoke a more volatile cocktail of insatiable, fanatically polar opinions.

Career After Conflict: What’s Your Plan For The Future?

I learned a valuable lesson while sitting on the flight line in Jalalabad, Afghanistan waiting on a helicopter that never arrived: always have a clear extraction plan.

The Tiger in the Lotus

The dead are only seen by the dying They all shut eyes together. Victors won they travel to the Halls of Vahalla. Carried by the...

The Gaslamp District

It’s taken me 31 years to figure out that there are two types of people in your life: balloons and anchors.

Women in Combat Units is Still a Bad Idea (Sorry)

Relevant issues that make full integration of women into combat units a counter-productive move.

September 11: Reflections and Moving Forward

As Florida deals with all-that-is Hurricane Irma, I see what always surrounds a big, dangerous event. Amidst lines for gas and scrambles for AA...

We Hail From a Nation of _______

The shallow cheers from a safe distance, the misunderstanding of the warrior mindset, and the truth.  If the shoe don't fit, you will damn sure know a foot that it would.

 

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