No group has posed a bigger threat to the institutions I swore to defend than the current domestic insurgency that reared its ugly head January 6th. The veterans that took part in it and I are not on the same team any more.
Sometime in the Fall of 2001, a tired U.S. Navy ship pulled into the port of Cairns, Australia. Her sides were rusted and her engineering plant was tired and down to her […]
It’s probably not the essay you think it will be.
20 years ago today I walked across the stage at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and received my diploma and commissioning certificate from then Defense Secretary William Cohen. Tucked neatly inside […]
Early one morning in June of 2005 I received a panicked phone call from the wife of a friend of mine. She asked me if I had any information on the rumors […]
The 22-a-day number is not real. The number publicized to show how many vets commit suicide every day is not real. The actual number is something less than that. And a deeper […]
We’ve already had a few dust-ups over the claims of service that some veterans running for congress have made. Over 400 have run or are running in this year’s midterms, a significant […]
There are more. Here are 13: 1- I’ve never duplicated the relationships I have that came out of serving together. No matter where or when, seeing someone I gutted out a deployment […]
Navigating the half dozen outposts between where I had spent the last six months in Iraq and the last checkpoint out of theater took me a day and a half of helo […]
There’s a space between what I once was and what I am now. When I ask others to travel it with me, they can’t. It’s not their fault. It’s just too far. About […]