Of False Memes And The Veteran Dilemma

In the old days, which seem so long ago but, in reality, were not, I was one of the few veterans who possessed the intestinal fortitude to publicly question the “22 per day” veteran suicide statistic.  I researched it, found better statistics, discussed them, wrote about it, and I called into question the various “awareness”…

The Inharmonious Warrior

in·har·mo·ni·ous   inhärˈmōnēəs/ adjective adjective: inharmonious    1. not forming or contributing to a pleasing whole; discordant, dissonant, incongruous  Alcoholism, drug addiction, violent behavior, shattered relationships, and suicide.  Far too often, these descriptions are applied to our modern warrior class; the warfighters who have struggled so mightily through the last 13+ years of war.  Portrayed, often…

Your own worst enemy

  Many years ago, when I walked away from the military the first time and began my journey as a civilian the 2nd time around, I sat through a very interesting job interview.  The supervisor interviewing me, himself a Vietnam veteran, told me what he thinks when he’s interviewing a veteran. “Reliable.  Hard working.  Respect…

The end of an era

Saturday, January 25th, 2014, was the end of an era for yours truly. It was my last official duty day as a member of the United States Armed Forces. As someone whose military career, although on again, off again, back on again, has spanned the last 28 years, I can tell you it was not…

Saving Valhalla

If you have followed any of my posts on Facebook, you know that I often support charitable organizations, especially those related to helping our veterans. I have mentioned The Valhalla Project several times but now they need help as well. Gordon Cucullu, President of the Valhalla Project, may be down for a span of time…