(OAF NATION) ”I am bearing witness to the end of an era. I have the distinct blessing, or the agonizing misfortune of having front-row seats to the death throes of a creature that has defined a generation. This creature is what my buddies and I refer to as the Global War On Terror (GWOT for short). 13 years, thousands of lives, trillions of dollars, and two presidents later, those of us who contributed our very being to this endeavor are left thinking, “What now?”’
“Understanding the nature of violent conflict in the world’s most dangerous flashpoints may help find ways to peace and stability, according to a Stanford expert.”
(HISTORY CHANNEL) Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.
(bls.gov) The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001—a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans—edged down to 9.0 percent in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged connected disability in August 2013, compared with 15 percent of all veterans.
(OAFNation.com) I recently left the military after twelve years.
People frequently look at me like I just told them I dropped my kid off at Neverland Ranch for the weekend or set fire to a winning Powerball ticket after I disclose that information. The concept of foregoing a military retirement more than halfway through the game is lost on many. Especially after coming out of the special operations community, where the amount of time and effort required to achieve and sustain a successful and rewarding career are nearly immeasurable; the puzzled reactions I get from people are understandably justified….