Fear Not for Paris: A Soldier’s Perspective

Fear Not for Paris: A Soldier’s Perspective

In times of crisis, when the injured are still being treated and the survivors are attempting to make sense of what happened, it helps to reflect on who you are before you decide how to act. I am an American, a veteran of the post-9/11 world and an enemy to those who...
Losing My Mind for America

Losing My Mind for America

A Veteran’s Thank You to PTSD I have PTSD. There, I said it. I must be one of America’s “poor, broken warriors” that just doesn’t belong at home or in the workplace. I guess I should now explain how debilitating this injury can be or how no one is helping me. Maybe I...
Veteran’s Perspective on the CNN Republican Debate

Veteran’s Perspective on the CNN Republican Debate

  Along with millions of other Americans, I watched Wednesday’s Republican debate with the hope that I would be witnessing the next president’s rise to power. Instead, I sat in quiet reflection that my every action and the action of every other veteran since 9/11...
Veterans, it’s not them… it’s you.

Veterans, it’s not them… it’s you.

To my brothers and sisters in arms, my fellow veterans, I have a confession. I made it. I survived the transition from the military back into civilian life. I have fully come home. I knew my journey had ended when I realized that I felt more comfortable in my small...
The Coming Battle for Mosul: A Real World Game of Risk

The Coming Battle for Mosul: A Real World Game of Risk

Who will hold Mosul, Iraq at the end of 2015?     I. Abstract The Iraqi city of Mosul is of vital strategic importance to both the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) and the Government of Iraq (GOI). As a result, the city is the next logical target for...