“Adam Braatz is an Air Force veteran, musician, and entrepreneur. We dove into his time in the military and specific stories/interactions that shaped him into the person that he is today.”
Adam Braatz chats with Head2Head about his personal history, thoughts on military veteran employment, taking new paths in life, and the effects of different generations on society.
Take a listen below:
Colin Kaepernick. The NFL. Nike. Old glory. The American military. It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid these topics online or in the workplace, and there are no lukewarm opinions about them. Our society is either passionately opposed to or in staunch support of the movement Colin Kaepernick began a few years back by taking a knee during the National Anthem. Those against it claim that Kaepernick’s protest is a slap in the face to all those who have served in the armed forces. How do our veterans really feel, though?
Continue reading “What Veterans Really Think About Colin Kaepernick and Nike”
In 1991, an “Iceman” was discovered near the Italian-Austrian border. Carbon-dated at approximately 5,200 years old, the Iceman was found to have tattoos all over his body. Tattooing is a practice (or an art form, as some would argue) that dates back thousands of years and has historically been used to symbolize high status, low status, criminal status, military status, illness, injury, or religious affiliation. In some cases it has even been used as a memory aid. Mummified remains and written records reveal the occurrence of tattoos and tattooing in ancient civilizations all over the world. In fact, in the body modification realm, tattooing predates piercing by over 7,000 years. That’s all very interesting, but does it mean you should finally bite the bullet and get that star-spangled full sleeve you’ve always dreamed of? You know, the one that proudly proclaims, “These Colors Don’t Run” in Old English font? You might want to mull over whether or not it could hurt your post-service job prospects first.
Continue reading “Military Ink: Tattoos, Veterans, and Employment”
“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”
― James Doolittle
I remember the golden age of enlisted performance reports. In the Air Force at least, it seemed like there was a sure-fire hack to land a quarterly award or “firewall 5” (getting the highest possible rating in all performance categories): volunteering. Continue reading “3 Hidden Benefits of Volunteerism for Veterans”
I am an American Veteran.
A collective of eleven prominent veterans’ organizations have announced the establishment of a new Veteran’s Creed. Retired General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the Army and one of the driving forces behind the creed’s creation, explained that “it can serve as a unifying concept to remind veterans of the value of their military service, to inspire veterans to continue to serve and lead at local, state, and national levels, and to push them to continue to excel.”
Continue reading “The New Veteran’s Creed”
“Thank you for your service.”
A complete stranger burst into tears and hugged me at an airport once.
I was in uniform with a crew of six others in the boarding queue, about to embark on the first leg of our journey to the Middle East. Continue reading “One Simple Phrase Can Make Veterans Uncomfortable”