I feel it’s unfortunate that military sacrifices (whether on active duty, or making the ultimate sacrifice) sometimes overshadow those made by our First Responders.  And, truthfully, that could be my own bias – as a veteran myself.  I have, however, long recognized that there is no difference in the bravery to face an enemy shooting […]

FREEDOM. Is. Not. Free!

Judge me later, but I have a more important lesson coming after you laugh at me… It took me a decade to get over my fear of needles and finally get the tattoo that I’d designed in my head about two decades earlier.  And, ironically, when the tattoo needle was first an inch from my […]

Add a Veteran; Add to Your Bottom Line!

You already know why you SHOULD hire a veteran. He or she swore to lay their life on the line to maintain the freedoms Americans enjoy every day. It’s “a debt that can never be repaid.” But, do you know why it’s also a great move for your business?  Veterans leave the military instilled with invaluable characteristics […]

Business Lessons I Learned While Serving in the Military

America’s military has long been a revered training ground for our youth transitioning into the workforce. Few better employers instill discipline, technical skills, and personal development like the permanent pivot that happens when a young woman or man joins the United States Armed Forces. I experienced that pivot, and absolutely realize that it was invaluable to […]

Leadership is on LIFE SUPPORT!

Everywhere leadership is wildly needed, leadership is on life support, gasping for each breath, hoping no one pulls the plug.  Consistent, responsible leadership is essential in our homes, businesses, communities and in the examples shown by public figures.  In each of those areas though, leadership’s slow but steady erosion has negatively impacted our children, our […]

Veterans’ Resilience: Shining Through in Very Dark Days

The chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan continues to increase, and an obvious conclusion was that these actions and lack of leadership from top military brass and civilians would have catastrophic impacts on the veteran community.  And, of course, we cannot forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the twenty years we were […]

Stay Ready, So You Don’t Have to Get Ready!

The military, although technically an executive arm of the government’s policy, still must operate like a business.  Efficiency, proficiency and maintenance are vital keys that keep America’s fighting force ready to act, quickly and lethally, around the globe.  But, these traits, and their (mis)application, have costly price tags either way they’re applied.  And, the applicability […]


You’ve heard of the Navy SEALs.  You know of their reputation.  You’ve heard all about the intense BUD/S & Hell Week training that they must endure, and you’ve likely come to believe it’s the most grueling military training on earth. Funny thing, though; if you ask someone who actually has earned a Trident, [the gold […]


Information presented in this article may be triggering to some people. If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911. __________________________________________________________________ I recently had a deep and engaging conversation that I later realized was […]

The Military Bonus – Beyond Dollar Bills

We’ve all seen friends or may have been personally wooed by the promise of thousands and thousands of dollars from the military as a bonus — FREE MONEY! — if s/he commits to  re-enlist when the DoD is recruiting your MOS / rating.  The real icing on the cake [at least when I served; I […]