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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…