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Bryan Wood
Bryan A. Wood is a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and he is the author of the best-selling memoir “Unspoken Abandonment.” Bryan served with the 211th Military Police Battalion while attached to the Third Special Forces Group, and his book is based around the journal he maintained while in-country and the struggles he faced after coming home from the war-torn nation.

Bryan currently works as a Police Detective in west central Florida where, throughout a four week span in early 2011, Bryan's agency lost three officers to gun violence, and Bryan lost a dear friend. These experiences and tragedies provide Bryan with a very unique life perspective and an amazing story.

Bryan now champions for suicide awareness within military veterans. He was awarded the 2012 PACE award from the Florida Department of Mental Health Services in Pinellas County, Florida for his efforts in this area, and he believes his story will help countless thousands of veterans and their families strive for healthier and happier lives.

Blog Entries by Bryan Wood

Gay Marriage: America's Last Major Civil Rights Movement

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 6:10 PM

The argument over gay marriage in America is not a new one, but it is certainly gaining momentum as it bulldozes its way to the forefront of today's media. Neither side is wavering in their contention on what constitutes marriage, but should one person's opinion on any issue grant the...

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The Social Influence of Good vs. Evil

(7) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:56 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

When I ponder the concept of good versus evil, I pause for a moment to recognize that the words have varying meanings to different people. While...

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Becoming a Dad, What an Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Throughout my life, I have been on more adventures than I can even count. I've been to war. I've traveled north of the Arctic Circle, south of the equator and so many places in between. There was a time when my passport was so well-used, it looked as though it...

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America's Gun Debate: A Misguided Debacle

(16) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:03 PM

I was recently skimming through my Facebook newsfeed when I happened upon a debate between two friends. The pair were arguing over gun control, and I couldn't resist giving it a read. My friends were at opposite ends of the spectrum, with one being the proud conservative and the other...

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Chris Kyle: An Unquestionable Decision

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 2:59 PM

As I read the news of Chris Kyle's death, it hit me very hard. I did not know Mr. Kyle personally, but I certainly did know of him, even prior to this story unfolding. The lives of Mr. Kyle and I have several parallels that made it nearly impossible for...

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Sometimes the Hardest Part of Going to War Is Coming Home

(26) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 1:14 PM

On January 13, 2013, the Department of Defense released the military's suicide statistics for 2012, and the numbers only confirm what the individual months had been predicting throughout the year: the suicide rate among military personnel is skyrocketing. Three hundred and forty-nine United States soldiers committed suicide after returning from...

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