The pain is still there

The death of an American soldier in combat is painful. The agony of loss is heart-wrenching. I’ve looked at the faces of the dead, those who were beside me talking only a few moments ago. I’ve looked in the faces of their friends; for some, friends for years: through basic training, AIT, and a first assignment together. These are friends who were in pain. Their …

How to talk to veterans about war

Wes Moore talks about his experiences in war and how to engage with veterans. He explains that the cliche “Thank you for your service” only addresses a small part of what a veteran has done, that a veteran’s service extends beyond a deployment.

Why veterans miss war

Sebastian Junger talks about why veterans miss war after they come home. His presentation provides profound insight every veteran’s family members and friends should hear.

Not another wet head

I’m a perpetual fund raiser for nonprofits. I’m directly involved in leadership of three nonprofits, with which I play an important part in seeking donations, drafting budgets, and overseeing expenditures each year. I’m happy to say that donations to all three organizations increased last year and are on track to increase again this year, though I don’t claim this happened simply because of my involvement. …

Socialism leaves you penniless

The sitting federal Congress that will recess in a few days has gone down in history as the one group of people who has increased the debt of the United States more than anyone else. And all of this after the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, stated, “After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: Pay as …