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The Biggest Threat to Returning Veterans (Is Not What You Think)

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Today's veterans face many challenges: reintegration, delayed benefits, unemployment, and the often invisible wounds of PTSD and TBI, among others. These issues deserve our national attention. But none of these is the biggest threat to returning veterans. The big threat: loss of hope in the American Dream Most post-9/11 veterans transitioned out of the military during a period of economic malaise. Economic uncertainty is difficult fo... more

The Occupational Disease of the Soldier

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Anton Myrer, in his classic novel "Once an Eagle," described what he called the occupational disease of the soldier. Anyone that has served on active-duty has experienced the symptoms of this disease. It's that self-righteous feeling that higher-ups are always messed up and subordinate units are never doing their jobs. This feeling is pervasive throughout every level of the military, and is the source of indignant pride that says, "I'... more

Never Forget Where You Came From

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I was shocked. A business school mentor of mine introduced me over email to Marshall Carter, the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange. And within minutes, Marshall Carter called me. We spent nearly thirty minutes on the phone trading war stories and discussing veteran employment. Since then, over the course of several years, Mr. Carter has always made time for me whenever I email or call. He has even made time to come speak to the stu... more

Five High-Paying Jobs for Veterans

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Transitioning out of the military comes with a host of difficulties, not the least of which is finding employment. Although veterans currently experience higher rates of unemployment than civilians, there are plenty of industries where veterans are flourishing. CNN recently collected five high-paying jobs where former service members are doing just that. These positions usually require about a decade or more of experience, but each one fe... more

Transitioning Home: What Will be Your Legacy?

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Sergeant Walt Ehlers was well known for his heroic actions on D-Day for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. What he was much less known for was his continued service as a Department of Veterans Affairs employee and veteran benefits advocate. A close friend of Mr. Ehlers once told me a story that I found more unbelievable than his self-less actions in Normandy. In 1964, the White House was planning to host a memorial ... more

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