Edmonds Military Wire: Should we be umpiring global conflicts?

With the election only weeks away, the next leader of the United States of America will be faced with a number of issues not only nationally but globally. Acts of terrorism are now the major threat in the world and how America responds on behalf of other countries will be at the forefront of the…

Edmonds Military Wire: Company performance improves with military veterans

Recent research performed by Efraim Benmelech and Carola Frydman, both associate professors of finance at Kellogg School, found “firms that are run by CEOs with military experience perform better than other CEOs.” The same holds true for companies that hire veterans as part of their overall team. While the trend in the early 2000s was…

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans weigh in on Hillary Clinton

Growing up, my dad encouraged me to use the “Ben Franklin Method” when faced with difficult decisions. Most of you know this method – get a piece a paper out, write your issue at the top, draw a line down the center, write pros on one side and cons on the other. I think in…

Edmonds Military Wire: Discovery Channel searches for next ‘American Tarzan’

On July 6, military vet Tim Reames will compete in a new Discovery Channel series called “American Tarzan.” Unlike Spartan, which requires both individual and teamwork effort, “American Tarzan” features seven challengers who will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica – the first to do so will become American Tarzan. The seven competitors will…

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans seek to curb gun violence

Americans for Responsible Solutions recently announced a new initiative “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense,” to do more to “prevent gun tragedies.” The Christian Science Monitor first reported on this new coalition and highlighted that the group “includes on its advisory committee Gen. David Petraeus, as well as Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. forces…

Edmonds Military Wire: VA — 28 medications in one day or medical marijuana?

Prescription drugs and medical marijuana continue to be at the center of an ongoing debate between those who are tasked with determining the best treatments for combat veterans who suffer from wartime ailments and those who have found temporary relief and even cures for post-traumatic stress (PTS) in medical marijuana. In the movie “When War…

Edmonds Military Wire: Here’s what happens when veterans take on Hollywood

What happens when a couple of veterans who have already conquered success in the apparel world, radio and podcast world, join forces and decide to take on Hollywood? They make a movie despite Hollywood shunning them. Range 15, a comedic, zombie-apocalypse movie — made for vets by vets — made its debut at the Sundance…

Edmonds Military Wire: VA wait times falsified while veteran suicides climb

Last week, USA Today reported that “Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico regularly ‘zeroed out’ veteran wait times.” The manipulation of the data masked the growing demand on services, preventing a response to increase services where needed. As a result, some veterans simply died waiting on services because of…

Edmonds Military Wire: Wounded Warriors changes course

By now, most know the “faults” of the Wounded Warrior Project — a nonprofit organization that has led the way in helping wounded warriors restore some dignity and get a new start in the civilian sector. What many don’t know is a bit of history behind the co-founder and former CEO Steve Nardizzi. Steve is…

Edmonds Military Wire: When disaster strikes, are you ready?

Depending on one’s branch of service, planning for the worst case scenario is part of the everyday drill – Practice. Drill. Rehearse; those in service aren’t focused on the negative, they just plan for the negative with a positive plan forward. What is your plan forward? 911 will not help you. You are your own…

Edmonds Military Wire: VA suicide hotline — please leave a message

More than 22 veterans commit suicide a day. The Department of Veteran Affair’s crisis hotline – the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary– received more than 450,000 calls in 2014, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. According to the VA’s own office of inspector general, one in six calls are redirected to backup centers…

Edmonds Military Wire: An exclusive behind-the-scenes workshop for veterans

Across America, a number of agencies and organizations are rolling out programs and initiatives geared to help veterans find healing, a new mission and a sense of purpose after the military. Edmonds is joining the effort. On Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., veterans, their friends and families are invited to an exclusive,…

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran-related issues solved by outgoing administration?

The President’s final State of the Union is this Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. PST. His plan is to address the nation on what his Administration has deemed critical pathways forward: Economic Progress; Acting on Climate; Engagement in the World; Health Care Reform and Social Progress and Equality. A continual issue that has plagued…

Edmonds Military Wire: The first step to making 2016 your year

I have a confession. Yep. Instead of kicking off the New Year with a few new commitments, I’m kicking the New Year off with a confession. My “confession” is that some of my commitments weren’t commitments last year – they were “intentions” with an exit strategy. After watching the movie “South Paw” last year, I…

Edmonds Military Wire: Find your next mission as a marketing manager in 2016

Transitioning from active duty to the civilian sector can be a bit like venturing into a mission assignment that has all the appearances of being simple, yet once engaged, quickly reveals a number of uncertainties. The big uncertainty for most is: “will I get hired?” What is certain is that companies, agencies and organizations are…

Edmonds Military Wire: Take part in memorable event Dec. 12 – Wreaths Across America

(Portions reprinted with permission) Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12- year-old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington, D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression…

Edmonds Military Wire: All Veterans Job Fair set for Safeco Field Nov. 12

Finding employers willing to hire, jobs with adequate pay, and securing an interview is often a daunting task. While the unemployment numbers for the past quarter held steady on a national level, some economists and investors are suggesting Christmas may “gift” the U.S. with job losses, making the competition to secure viable employment in the…