Edmonds Booktalk: The best book I’ve read lately

By Elaine Mattson A long-time customer, and a woman I have known since I was a kid (hi Mrs. Pince!), asked me what was the best book I had recently read. And it stumped me for a minute. I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer, and have liked a lot of them ……

Edmonds Military Wire: Army faces new threat in record-high suicides

The Army has a new threat – and unfortunately it is an ongoing one that seems to grow regardless of the resources they throw at it: service member suicides. In the month of July, the Army reported 32 suspected active duty and reservist suicides, the highest monthly toll on record. Of those 32, five took…

Edmonds Military Wire: New office aims to strengthen military families financially

By Michael Schindler Okay, I know this will sound a bit funny – especially in light of all that is taking place in Congress right now – but the government has dedicated an office to help strengthen military families financially. Here’s the release: “A government office dedicated to protecting servicemembers and their families from financial…

Edmonds Military Wire: Troops becoming drug addicts — what is the solution?

By Michael Schindler For more than nine years, we have been engaged in conflict and war. The result: multiple deployments, marriage breakups, troop suicides, increases in domestic violence and military sexual trauma. There are also countless hidden injuries – PTSD, TBI and chronic pain. The flip side? No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. So the…

Edmonds Booktalk: If you like these authors, here are some others to try

By Elaine Mattson There has actually been an occasional day of summer. Hooray! So grab a book, and find a spot to relax and read and breathe in these summer days. Are you reading faster than your favorite author can write? Unless you are reading everything with James Patterson’s name on it (how _does_ he…

Edmonds Military Wire: A government default wouldn’t impact military pay

By Michael Schindler. Down to the wire. Are we going to raise the debt ceiling or are we going to default. That is the most pressing question for many in Congress. But if you are serving this country, the most immediate question is, “Will I get paid?” The answer is yes. On Wednesday, July 13,…

Edmonds Military Wire: VA reaching out to women veterans

By Michael Schindler Some will undoubtedly say, “It’s about time…” and there is no question that services for women veterans have been lacking. Women veterans are one of the fastest-growing segments of the veteran population. Of the 22.7 million living veterans, more than 1.8 million are women. They comprise nearly 8 percent of the total…

Edmonds Military Wire: Introducing Sargeslist, a classifieds for military families

By Michael Schindler Classified ads have never really been “classy.” Growing up I remember that people’s worn out or well-used goods were given real estate at the “back of” the newspaper. Jump a few years and the classified section graduated to Craiglist. Not classy – not flashy; but extremely effective. And the goods actually seemed…

Edmonds Military Wire: Celebrate the 4th of July with Jimmy Smits

By Michael Schindler I love the Fourth of July. Anchored in rich history and a visual display of America celebrating its independence, the Fourth of July holiday. No question Edmonds has some of the best fireworks, but should you not be able to hang for the late night festivities, do check out A CAPITOL FOURTH….

Edmonds Booktalk: Read the books before you see the summer movies!

By Elaine Mattson The book is always better! We are smack in the middle of the summer movie season, and it seems that Hollywood is, once again, using books as a great source of material. While this is definitely not a new phenomenon, it certainly seems more common these days, or maybe we are just…

Edmonds Military Wire: Keeping the romance alive during deployments

By Michael Schindler I have a confession. When the Dating Divas first reached out, I was sure that what they were doing didn’t apply to me – after all, I’m married and I left “dating” behind a long time ago. And yet, my wife and I have date nights….what was I thinking?? Ladies, I’m sure…

Edmonds Military Wire: JBLM Ranger to be awarded Medal of Honor

By Michael Schindler Greatness shows up in the moment. And some moments require split second decisions — and those decisions reflect character. Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry displayed the character of a true leader by engaging in a selfless act that saved the lives of his team and ultimately changed his life…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate June with releases perfect for dads and grads

By Elaine Mattson We never really got spring, and the calendar is telling us that summer is right around the corner. Which also means graduations and Fathers Day are right around the corner, ready or not. Take a deep breath, enjoy the sun when it’s here (I’m getting ready to put the top down on…

Edmonds Military Wire: On Memorial Day, remembering sacrifices of latest generation

By Michael Schindler In honor of Memorial Day, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has penned the column below. This September marks the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 unsuspecting citizens in Manhattan, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.  This attack on our homeland sharpened our collective world…

Edmonds Military Wire: Overstock.com offering free ‘Club O’ membership

By Michael Schinder With National Armed Forces Day (held the third Saturday in May) behind us and Memorial Day quickly approaching, Overstock.com is honoring our devoted troops by announcing a new Club O initiative that will grant members of the Armed Forces a free lifetime Club O membership! Armed Forces Day is often overlooked. It happens…

Edmonds Military Wire: Documentary ‘Wartorn’ explores impact of PTSD

By Michael Schindler “The real war began when I got home.” This statement has stuck with me for a number of years. I was interviewing a soldier and his wife for the Operation Military Family book and he was describing his experiences in theater – which at the early stages of Iraq were not pretty…

Edmonds Military Wire: Wounded journalist, wife reach out to veterans with TBI

By Michael Schindler New York Times best-selling author Lee Woodruff had a wake-up call no wife ever wants to have. Her husband, award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff, suffered a severe injury from a roadside bomb while covering military actions in Iraq. Their journey to recovery, which has garnered critical acclaim for being both compelling and humorous, is chronicled…

Edmonds Military Wire: Michelle Obama initiative aimed at supporting military families

By Michael Schindler Military spouses and dependents are the inspiration behind an initiative launched in mid-April by First Lady Michelle Obama. The mission of “Joining Forces” is to make more Americans aware of the challenges facing military families, and to highlight ways communities, organizations and businesses are helping these families. Nearly 50 specific commitments have…

Edmonds Military Wire: Is America in Crisis?

By Michael Schindler For many, the answer to the question, “Is America in Crisis” has an obvious answer. “Look around,” some will say. States are broke, the Federal government is broke, the middle class is getting squeezed, more than 43 million Americans are on some form of government assistance – oh, and there is a…

Edmonds Military Wire: Are suicide prevention programs effective?

By Michael Schindler As mentioned in a previous post, we are exploring what, if anything, can be done to prevent suicides in the military. The stats show an increase in suicides across all branches – most notably the Army and Marines, followed by Air Force and Navy. Most troubling are the increased suicides among our…

Edmonds Military Wire: Who dies by suicide in the military

By Michael Schindler The headlines depict an epidemic occurring within our military. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some publication highlighting the increase in suicides among our nation’s finest warriors. RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, a joint endeavor of RAND Health and the RAND National Defense Institute, conducted a thorough investigation…