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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... »

Edmonds Military Wire: 2015 — Underemployment the new employment for many veterans, Part 1

Edmonds Military Wire: 2015 — Underemployment the new employment for many veterans, Part 1

Hope and Change is more than a campaign slogan for many service members and their families as they prepare to transition from active duty to civilian life in 2015. As the Army continues to reduce its troop strength (otherwise known as downsize), transitioning service members and their families are holding on to the prospect of getting a viable job in light of the declining veteran unemployment rat... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Moving your ordinary days to extraordinary

Edmonds Military Wire: Moving your ordinary days to extraordinary

Having traveled around many parts of the world with the Navy, I had the opportunity to discover the hidden marvels of countless cities and villages. Finding that hidden marvel wasn’t always easy though…but that is about to change with HeyLets. “I’m bored” will soon be a saying from the past as CEO Justin Parfitt’s latest company, HeyLets, a new discovery-based mobile app where no experience is jus... »

Edmonds Military Wire: ‘Home Alone in America’ a great gift idea

Edmonds Military Wire: ‘Home Alone in America’ a great gift idea

Home Alone in America: Letters Exchanged by a Young German in the U.S. and His Family in Berlin from 1946 to 1955 The Second World War, otherwise known as WWII — which started 75 years ago this year — was the most destructive conflict in history. Aside from the amount of money and damage it caused, the cost in human lives was astounding. America had lost more than 80,000 of its men ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran unemployment down; networking required

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran unemployment down; networking required

While veteran unemployment is down overall, pursuing viable employment is still a challenge in today’s market for many veterans and their families. Sending resumes and thinking you have fulfilled your task toward employment is short-sighted. Sending resumes is just the first step. Mike Abrams, co-author of “Business Networking for Veterans,” and co-founder of a veteran mentoring program called, “F... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Events honoring veterans in November

Edmonds Military Wire: Events honoring veterans in November

President Woodrow Wilson certainly had a surprise awaiting him after his re-election in 1916. He barely defeated his opponent running on the campaign slogan, “He kept us out of war,” only to be dragged into war with Germany in April 1917. World War I was brutal and the sacrifices great. And Wilson knew it. So on Nov. 11, 1919, he made a proclamation honoring those who served: “To us in Ameri... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

Edmonds Military Wire: Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine to speak at national gala on Nov. 11

Most, if not all, men and women who serve our country will agree that those who qualify to serve as a SEAL are the best of the best. The men (women have yet to be indoctrinated) who become SEALS are not only physically fit, but mentally tough and emotionally sound. Former Navy SEAL Mark Divine, retired Commander and founder of SEALFIT, will be speaking at the Operation Military Family Cares Nation... »

Edmonds Military Wire special report: The movie ‘Fury’ — fact or fiction?

Edmonds Military Wire special report: The movie ‘Fury’ — fact or fiction?

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” is a statement attributed to Churchill. Yet, “history” today is often based on the perspective of those who tell the story and their interpretation. Whether it is some educator with an agenda or Hollywood with its interpretation, can one learn from history if the facts are ignored? David “Sting” Rae, military adviser for the mov... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Service above and beyond  — the Medal of Honor

Edmonds Military Wire: Service above and beyond — the Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest award for military valor. It is awarded to those individuals whose actions have risen “above and beyond the call of duty;” in plain speak, it is earned in action at the risk of a service member’s life for that of another. Since the inception of the award, after the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, millions have served this country but only 3,492 ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State prepares for military downsizing

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington State prepares for military downsizing

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced that Washington State received a $4.3 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the state’s defense industry. Despite the news that the national unemployment rate for baby boomers (those older than 55) fell to 3.9 percent from 4.6 percent as 230,000 people landed new jobs (though mostly in ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans benefit with new consumer innovation search

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans benefit with new consumer innovation search

When veterans own or lead companies and small businesses, income inequality shrinks. Why? Because most veterans who have led teams understand that leaders eat last. Edison Nation, a company that offers multiple go-to-market strategies to get product ideas on store shelves, and veteran rehabilitation non-profit Ride2Recovery have teamed up to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. With more men and ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Is human trafficking necessary for mission success?

Edmonds Military Wire: Is human trafficking necessary for mission success?

Let me first set the stage before I share what I’m about to share – in order to complete most large-scale missions, it takes many hands to do so. Not only are the men and women who serve in uniform necessary, but so are countless “behind the scenes” civilians. What is traditionally not asked is how those civilians became a part of the mission. In my years in the service, I never once considered as... »

Edmonds Military Wire: First Responders Contest being hosted by Josh Cellars Wine and Gary Sinise Foundation

Edmonds Military Wire: First Responders Contest being hosted by Josh Cellars Wine and Gary Sinise Foundation

If you or someone you know is a First Responder, you’ll want to read this article. Josh Cellars Wine and The Gary Sinise Foundation proudly announced on Monday, August 18, anyone from a local community can go online and nominate a deserving first responder to receive a $10,000 grant for their organization. Five local responder groups from across the United States will each receive a grant from Jos... »

Operation One Roof: Home-buying tips for veterans

Operation One Roof: Home-buying tips for veterans

One of the benefits earned by those who serve is the VA Home Loan. The VA provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to “help veterans buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for their own personal occupancy.” Navigating the home buying process can be a bit overwhelming, sometimes stressful, and certainly a bit confusing if you don’t have someone guiding you throu... »

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