Military Wire: How one movie changed America’s attitude toward our military

The Vietnam War is often viewed and remembered as a boondoggle for America. When U.S. Marines first landed in Danang, March 1965, politicians thought it would be a simple win. But to the contrary. When the last troops left Vietnam in March of 1973, more than 55,000 Americans died in that conflict and the returning…

Military Wire: When you kill a fellow soldier — the death of Pat Tillman

Most don’t wear their struggles on the outside. We keep them buried. But we all struggle with something. Unfortunately, some allow those struggles and the difficult experiences to shape and define who they are — and that becomes a heavy weight to carry. Imagine if you were most likely responsible for the death of a…

Military Wire: Study shows morale and profits improve by hiring veterans

The Call of Duty Endowment and Zip Recruiter recently released a study that found “underemployment affects more veteran job seekers than non-veteran job seekers. Nearly one-third of veteran job seekers are underemployed — a rate 15.6 percent higher than non-veteran job seekers.” Yet, when they polled employers, a majority of employers reported that veterans performed…

Military Wire: Military recruiters facing a new war — a war for talent

Unemployment fell to a 49-year low as the U.S. created 263,000 new jobs in April. Those increases in hiring were concentrated mainly at white-collar businesses, construction and health care. And while this is great news for those individuals and industries, America is becoming more at risk as military recruiters are competing against higher wages and…

Military Wire: Music legend Charlie Daniels supports veterans

This interview with country music legend Charlie Daniels was a true highlight in my career. I remember as a young boy watching “Hee  Haw” and “The Barbara Mandrell Show,” and seeing Johnny Cash, Alabama and other country stars and groups on TV. But there was one band and one song that I just loved seeing…

Military Wire: Solving military spouse unemployment

Employment for military spouses is one battlefront that is often difficult to win. Because of the transient lifestyle, military spouses are often overlooked or underemployed, despite being more educated than those who don’t share this lifestyle. In addition, constraints of moving, cost of caregiving and flexibility required to balance family obligations when a service member…

Military Wire: Be a difference maker — former Navy SEAL Garrick Fernbaugh

Some people seem to have it easy – or do they? We all know people who appear to have the good life, that when they do something everything seems to go their way. They inspire others, they are community leaders, they are game changers, they are…you get the picture…the epitome of what we wish we…

Military Wire: Former Olympian, combat pilot says — Find opportunity in every day

“There is something good in everything.” I sat down with Glen Eberle, an Olympian, a former military-combat pilot, and founder and namesake of Boise-based Eberlestock, a company that designs, manufactures and sells a range of sporting gear and tactical gear for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and military tactical combat units. We we were discussing how his company…

Military Wire: ‘Sgt. Will Gardner’ — sometimes the battle follows you home

In this Military Wire podcast, you’ll hear from Army veteran Luis Bordonada and Hollywood actor Max Martini that “asking for help is not a show of weakness.” You’ll also get the “behind the scenes” on what makes the movie Sgt. Will Gardner, written and directed by Max Martini, a must-watch if you are working through issues related to…

Military Wire: How combat veteran Carol Eggert navigates life’s transitions

I made an assumption that truly did make an ass out of me. When Comcast reached out with an inquiry regarding interviewing retired Brigadier General Carol Eggert, I stated that I would gladly interview her for our digital print editions because her corporate experience would certainly add value to those who are transitioning, but her…

Military Wire: Life after the sniper scope

Viewing life through a sniper’s scope was a daily practice for Special Forces Green Beret Rod Rodriguez. Getting blown up was just a part of life. And when it came time to transition — not by choice, but through a medical board — suddenly his daily practice was truly foreign, and more traumatic than his…

Military Wire: Documentary focuses on legendary Gen. Wesley Clark

The secret to success. Overcoming challenges and adversity. Global warming. And now, a new film that will challenge what we do and why we do it. It’s not every day one gets to interview one of America’s most accomplished soldiers and leaders and gain insight on why he does what he does and how others…

Military Wire: Fighter pilot ‘Whiz’ Buckley — How to go from unemployed to unstoppable

A recent study by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) revealed that more than 80 percent of the 8,500 veterans, active duty, guard, reserve, and military-connected dependents sampled felt that their work ethic, discipline, teamwork, leadership and mental toughness were all strengthened by their military service and experience. What the study also revealed…

Military Wire: WGU Washington positioning veterans for success

The GI Bill, beginning next year, will undergo some significant — and certainly welcomed — changes. One of the most significant changes is that the new legislation eliminates the current 15-year time limit on the use of the  Post-9/11 GI Bill for those who were discharged on or after Jan. 1, 2013. The intent is…

Military Wire: U.S. Veterans Affairs project aims to provide help at community level

In a continued effort to better serve veterans and their families, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation (VACI) joined forces in early April 2017 with Syracuse University and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) for a national pilot. The project is aimed at demonstrating the merits of a community-based health…

Military Wire: ‘Patriots Day’ a must-see movie

Disaster will strike. On Jan. 13, the movie Patriots Day by Peter Berg, the director of “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” hits theaters — and this is one movie that should be required viewing for all. “Patriots Day” is the powerful story of the Boston Marathon bombing and a community’s courage to respond and come…

Military Wire: ‘U.S. Veterans in the Workforce’ book launch party Oct. 29

The past month I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping you all up to date on the latest and greatest initiatives, issues, and companies involving veterans. I could give you an excuse, but as my parents grilled into me throughout my youth, “excuses are no excuse for not getting the work done.” I simply didn’t…

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…

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…