What if local governments asked their tech talent to give a day or two or a couple of weeks a year to work with local agencies and departments to improve the communities where they live and work?
When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.
To all vets, military families and active duty service members, let me tell you with great certainty that the majority of U.S. citizens do not know us.
She runs the Women Veterans Program at Swords to Plowshare, and is the main mentor for all the women in the program. She also provides community education, and is an absolutely tireless advocate for women vets.
The present thank-yous reflect a new reality: Americans now feel as if the military isn't theirs, has nothing to do with them, and is no part of their lives. It's someone else's dinner party (or nightmare, if you prefer).
Skeptical that this schism exists? Think again. A 2014 Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 55 percent had served in the military felt disconnected from civilian life. That number increased to 64 percent for those who had served in combat.
While programs in greater Los Angeles have housed thousands, the economic downturn all but obliterated those gains. The inexorable gentrification of the city puts pressure on the few areas where the homeless gather.
"Disability is represented in all other dimensions of human difference including race, faith, and sexual orientation. Almost everyone will experience a temporary disability at some point in their lives and likely end up with one or more life-long disabilities as they grow older."
We live in an age in which our personal interests and activities can be tracked at scale. This enables us to understand our cultural values with a level of accuracy that would before seem unfathomable.
It is my hope that the more we share, the more it will help us learn about those who live with mental health stigmas. Maybe one of them will be ready to stand up in front of a class of 30 others and tell their story.
The cold, hard reality? We can project that approximately 250,000 - 300,000 service members will be making the transition to civilian life annually through 2017. And this concerns me.
Fifty years ago America's leaders told us that if we lost Saigon it would be just the first domino to tip over as the juggernaut of International Communism smashed through the defenses of Capitalism. Now I am back, for the first time.
With our increased knowledge of trauma and its impact on our veterans' brains, minds and emotions, how can we sit on the sidelines and not at least honor their sacrifice?
We don't talk much about the scale of human suffering in Southeast Asia that came from U.S. intervention. American involvement in the Middle East could usefully be informed by the Asian experience, however: namely, that war has long-lasting consequences for the local populations, to say nothing of broader impacts.
The path forward for returning veterans can be bolstered by treatment, therapy, and medication; but is also too often marked by addiction and suicide. Ultimately, Brandon would find his footing in the same place that his relentless sense of adventure took him as a boy growing up outside Cleveland - the outdoors.
I went down to Texas to meet Chris in 2010. I spent the weekend hunting with him and his son, getting to know his family a little bit, meeting his wife, and watching him with his kids. I was watching this marriage, which on many ways was on a heal, reeling from this war that they had endured together, as well as the book, put together by Jim DeFelice, which had been dictated after that.