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 […]

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 […]

NAVY SEALs PROVE THE IMPACT OF THE MEDIA’s NARRATIVE

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 […]

THE DANGEROUS ‘ALONE ON AN ISLAND’ MENTALITY

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 […]