Integrity Matters: Punctuality

Our time is valuable.

I am writing this post while sitting alone at a fantastic local brewery. It’s currently 4:16, and my 4:00 appointment still has not arrived. At this point, it’s probably better if he doesn’t show up at all. And this guy is a veteran, too. Continue reading “Integrity Matters: Punctuality”

3 Reasons Why Following Through on Book Recommendations Will Make You an All-Star Professional

Not a big reader? Don’t scroll past this post; neither am I.

Have you ever had someone you respect recommend a book to you? Have you ever had an important meeting with someone who has written a book themselves? Most of us could answer “yes” to those questions. Now, how many of you have actually followed through on reading said books? My guess is there are way less of us who can answer that one in the affirmative. The simple act of knocking out a few chapters can elevate you to superhero-level professional status. It may be the single most effective networking tool in your arsenal. Allow me to explain how and why. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Following Through on Book Recommendations Will Make You an All-Star Professional”

Heads Up: Free Dental Care for Veterans

Unless a veteran has a 100% service-connected disability rating with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has a service-connected mouth injury, or was a prisoner of war, they must find their own post-service dental coverage. Many veterans haven’t even seen a dentist since they were in the military. In response to this unfortunate circumstance, Aspen Dental enacted a “Day of Service” as part of their Healthy Mouth Movement, providing free dental care to veterans. The fifth annual Day of Service will take place on June 9th, 2018.

Aspen Dental operates over 600 locations in 37 US states. To find an office near you and to make a reservation call 1-844-277-3646. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP): What You Need to Know

One of the last remaining hurdles between you and your well-earned DD214 is five long days of congressionally mandated PowerPoint torture, or so you’ve heard.

Don’t let the naysayers convince you that the Transition Assistance Program is a waste of your time. The information provided is extremely important, but you may need some additional guidance in order to maximize its impact. Continue reading “The Transition Assistance Program (TAP): What You Need to Know”

Federal Court to VA: Pain Matters

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year precedent that denied disability claims for pain without connection to a specific medical diagnosis or event. Veteran advocates estimate that over 11,000 disability claims have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which asserted “pain alone is not a disability for the purpose of VA disability compensation.” Continue reading “Federal Court to VA: Pain Matters”

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”