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Edmonds Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Edmonds Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work, they don’t add to the tax revenue. They also lose hope, get discouraged, small family matt... »

Edmonds Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

Edmonds Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell Shock (Harley House P... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A few still risk it – whether it be through small business, working that not-so-secure 9-to-5 job, or wi... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Can holistic healing cure PTSD?

Edmonds Military Wire: Can holistic healing cure PTSD?

Thousands of service members every year are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — a diagnosis that labels one as having either experienced or witnessed some sort of traumatic event. Often with PTSD comes a number of physical and psychological symptoms along with a social stigma that the individual has a mental illness — or in other terms, is broken. Nobody wants to be charact... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Code Fellows launches $250k Tech Workforce Diversity scholarship fund for veterans

The timing of the $250,000 Tech Workforce Diversity Scholarship Fund for Veterans offered by Seattle-based coding boot camp Code Fellows couldn’t be better. Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced the formation of a subcabinet on military downsizing to address possible reductions in military force in the state. While the size of those cuts have not been officially announced, ther... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Trade secrets on how one master’s program attracts veterans

Edmonds Military Wire: Trade secrets on how one master’s program attracts veterans

Despite the uptick in veteran employment, a considerable number of veterans and their family members are still choosing to pursue a college degree. More than half of veterans who began using their GI Bill benefits between 2002 and 2010 went on to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate by June 2013. This is good news, considering more than three-quarters of the jobs in the next 10 years will r... »

Edmonds Military Wire: What would you do with $101,000?

Edmonds Military Wire: What would you do with $101,000?

The knock at the door was expected, but what was in the briefcase was not. American hero Dave Bronson fought in the Iraq war and ended up losing his leg during combat. The producer wanted to do a documentary. And like many veterans, Dave wants to provide for his growing family, but is facing serious physical challenges that may result in him living the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Like so man... »

Edmonds Military Wire brief: Watch what happens when Army captain meets sea captains on ‘Deadliest Catch’

Edmonds Military Wire brief: Watch what happens when Army captain meets sea captains on ‘Deadliest Catch’

What happens when you put an Army Captain in a room with a few ship captains? Watch “Deadliest Catch: The Bait,” which is the “Deadliest Catch” pre-show, Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will not only give an inside look at the episode ahead from the captains — where they’ll talk fishing, drama and what to expect on that night’s episode of “Deadli... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Data Center targeting veterans – for hire

Edmonds Military Wire: Data Center targeting veterans – for hire

A research study conducted by the Center for College Affordability found that an increasing number of recent college graduates are ending up in relatively low-skilled jobs that, historically, have gone to those with lower levels of education. Yet, despite the highly competitive market for living wage employment, veterans, even without a bachelor’s degree, are finding employment success in a highly... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran students thrive with ‘wrap-around’ services

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran students thrive with ‘wrap-around’ services

Paul Knudtson, director of Armed Services Relations at National Louis University in Chicago, is not unlike many of today’s OEF/OIF veterans. He’s married, has several children and honorably served his country. Paul believes in service, like many who serve and have served in uniform, and has continued his “service” after taking off the uniform in helping transform how the university provides servic... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Army’s $287 million Optimism Program results in low morale

Edmonds Military Wire: Army’s $287 million Optimism Program results in low morale

The data from a recently released report highlighting the physical and psychological health of troops who participate in the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, a program launched in 2009 designed to build troop resiliency, was disavowed by Sharyn Saunders, chief of the Army Resiliency Directorate. The reason? Despite the $287 million campaign to boost morale and resiliency, fin... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Afghanistan crumbled under poor leadership

Edmonds Military Wire: Afghanistan crumbled under poor leadership

Excellence is not an accident. When cities and countries thrive, it mostly has to do with who is leading and charting the course. Smart leadership is able to weed through the white noise and identify opportunities when others aren’t. And when leadership falters or is usurped, crisis follows. Such is the case with Afghanistan. I recently had the privilege of interviewing Abdullah Sharif, a native o... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Active-duty faces cuts while Pentagon civilian force grows

Edmonds Military Wire: Active-duty faces cuts while Pentagon civilian force grows

As I shared in an earlier article, in mid-January 2015, the Army pulled together a consortium of business owners, politicians, and concerned citizens in the Lacey, Wash, area to solicit feedback on potential cuts that would impact close to 16,000 troops and contractors. The detrimental financial ripple effect on surrounding businesses and cities – even the state – has been projected at over one bi... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs listed as ‘high-risk’

Edmonds Military Wire: Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs listed as ‘high-risk’

Bob McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, who replaced retired General Eric Shinseki after he faced continued criticism of agency failures, is facing an uphill battle after the recently released Government Accountability Office report. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, has been listed as a high-risk federal program by Congress... »

Edmonds Military Wire: What veterans think when the media gets it wrong

Edmonds Military Wire: What veterans think when the media gets it wrong

Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly News anchor, is taking some heat for “misremembering” an event in Iraq that took place in 2003. According to his original version of events, he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Last week, he recanted that version only after several soldiers who were involved called into question Mr. Williams’ version of events. He apologiz... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Proposed cuts at JBLM a catalyst for recession

Edmonds Military Wire: Proposed cuts at JBLM a catalyst for recession

A decision that is forthcoming in the summer of 2015 could very well be a major blow to families, small business and major employers throughout the Puget Sound region. On Jan. 21, the Army pulled together a “listening session” down in the Lacy, Wash. area to better understand how a proposed downsizing of up to 11,000 active duty and civilian contractors at JBLM would impact the region. The r... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Military suicide rates remained high in 2014

Edmonds Military Wire: Military suicide rates remained high in 2014

There is hope among the experts that 2015 turns out differently than the past five years. According to a preliminary report released by Department of Defense, the total number of suicides among U.S. active-duty service members was virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014. This would be reason to celebrate if the number was zero. Unfortunately, it is not. While the Army reported a decline in soldier s... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Benghazi — the rest of the story

Edmonds Military Wire: Benghazi — the rest of the story

As America gears up for another election in 2016, both locally and nationally, issues once thought to be yesterday’s headlines will resurface – and the truth will be dressed in perspective and spin. On a national level, Benghazi will be a point of debate and one that all should research and come to their own conclusion. Leadership matters. There will be the differing political spins and then there... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Why America fails and will still succeed

Edmonds Military Wire: Why America fails and will still succeed

“Stop trying to complicate it.” I never actually counted the number of times my grandfather said those words to me, but anytime we attempted something mechanical I would lose sight of the small “first” steps and get distracted by all the steps necessary to complete the task…and then he would say those words. While his efforts to train the mechanical side of my brain have yet to take root, his word... »

Edmonds Military Wire: 2015 — overcoming underemployment in the New Year, part 2

Edmonds Military Wire: 2015 — overcoming underemployment in the New Year, part 2

Having an action plan – or what is commonly known in the military circles as a POA (plan of action) – is a critical first step when pursuing employment in today’s competitive market place. Last week in “Underemployment the new employment for Veterans in 2015,” I highlighted a few tips that were shared by Colonel (ret.) Garland Williams, who now serves as the University of Phoenix’s Military Divisi... »

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