The New Veteran’s Creed

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.”

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One Simple Phrase Can Make Veterans Uncomfortable

“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”

The Post-Military Professional: An Introduction

A common expression among veterans: “I wish I would have known…”

It is difficult to know where to start, but in the words of Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I considered writing this blog for years before my separation from the Air Force. Though my journey after getting out was fairly typical, I nonetheless feel a strong urge to relay my experiences and those of others. With this blog I hope to help veterans and service members by relaying professional insights gleaned throughout the transition from active duty into the professional civilian world and beyond. Continue reading “The Post-Military Professional: An Introduction”