With this one tireless Marine leading the charge and now shifting the focus of the effort to addressing the alarming rise in PTSD, this Veteran's Day I wanted to sit down with Captain Bunch and ask him to reflect on the lessons learned and where OOA goes from here.
It was Colin Archipley and Liz Perez, a Navy veteran who survived the bombing of the USS Cole, who showed me a much better use of the energy I had been wasting on raging against military policy decisions. Use your time, passion, and power to help.
I realize that time is in short supply and heavy demand for all of us, but it's hard to think of a better investment of this precious resource than time spent learning about issues and experiences from a broad variety of perspectives.
Several major retail chains have refused to sell the Rolling Stone with Tsarnaev on the cover due to poor taste and insensitivity. This is a different type of insensitivity -- insensitivity to the role of a free press and responsible journalism.
As we all do our thing -- resting and relaxing, getting ready to officially open up the 'summer' season -- I hope we spend more than just a moment or two reflecting on the reason this federal holiday exists in the first place.
The only redeeming feature of this past week was watching how Boston reacted to this senseless tragedy. A torrent of aid workers and others raced to assist and used direct pressure and impromptu tourniquets to keep the injured alive.
Ten years ago we had the chance, as a people united, to do something great. Many of us tried harder in Iraq than most will ever know, but America could have left a far better legacy for its children from this past decade than we have.
Why aren't all Keystone XL opponents loudly demanding that President Obama stop construction of the pipeline's 485-mile southern leg that is destroying the lives of our fellow Americans in Texas and Oklahoma?