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  • Blog
    Mon, 21 May 2018
    ArticleTips for Staying Sane When You're the Only Parent...

    As a military family, you know all-too-well that there are times when you or your spouse will be called away for duty, often without much – or any – warning. As a service member, you might get called into the field. However, when you are the parent left at home, whether you've had plenty of warning or given a day's notice of the deployment, there are a few ways you can help make life easier. Don't stress! Parenting is hard enough on its own. Accept the help of others and look for resources to make your daily life easier. 

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    Thu, 3 May 2018
    ArticleWhen I Sleep

    When I sleep
    I sleep upside down
    To know that I am grounded
    My soles rooted in reality
    No matter where the nightmares take me

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  • Blog
    Wed, 2 May 2018
    ArticleVeterans and the 2nd Amendment

    It was a different time, and I was a different man then.  It’s not easy to draw a straight line from there, where guns seemed a natural part of my life to now where the sight of the protesting Parkland students fill me with renewed hope for the future of this nation. It is not that I think that any single gun control measure alone would be a panacea, but we need to have the conversation about all the factors that go into gun deaths, including suicide. This is a necessary step in our growth as a country.

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  • Blog
    Wed, 11 Apr 2018
    ArticleRev. Julie Johnson Staples receives Emily Taylor...

    Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. It honors and celebrates KU’s rich legacy of women who, through their transformational leadership and contributions, have changed the world.

    “These women we are honoring this year are leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields who have made substantial contributions through their vision, innovation, creativity and willingness to challenge the status quo. They remind us of the importance of women’s voices, contributions and courage in advancing gender equity.  They have opened doors — holding them open for young women and people of all genders — to follow,” said Kathy Rose-Mockry, the Emily Taylor Center’s director.

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  • Blog
    Thu, 29 Mar 2018
    ArticleVietnam Revisited

    Though generations apart, veterans of the Vietnam War and current wars share many things in common when it comes to life after service, like communities that don’t honor them as much as they should, a failing healthcare system, and a struggle to make ends meet... Veterans must have a hand in reclaiming their civilian lives after separating from service, but first they need clear access to the benefits due them. Basic human necessities are denied so many veterans who served their country. Vietnam Veterans deserved better than they got and today’s service men and women deserve better too.

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  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Mar 2018
    ArticleTrees are Worth Fighting For

    Seven years have passed since I returned home from combat in the most violent province of Afghanistan. I returned to East Moriches, a sleepy hamlet on the doorstep of Long Island’s south fork, where my wife and I purchased a two bedroom yellow cottage nestled among oaks and walnuts with peek hole views of Heart Cove. The open air barbecues and the chirping birds were a welcome escape.  At least that’s what I thought, until another meltdown happened. 

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  • Blog
    Wed, 7 Feb 2018
    ArticleHow Does a Government Shutdown Affect Military...

    While shutdowns are a rare occurrence, military families don’t easily forget each one. In 2013, the government closure went past pay day for a majority of Department of Defense employees, including military members, leaving millions of people  in a scramble to pay their bills. 

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  • Blog
    Tue, 6 Feb 2018
    ArticleChelsea Manning Running for US Senate - An...

    Last week, former soldier Chelsea Manning, announced she was running for Senate in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. Formerly Bradley Manning, she is a transgender candidate known for her 2013 convictions in violation of the Espionage Act, stealing government property, violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, among... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 12 Jan 2018
    ArticleThere are No S***hole Countries

    The President’s remarks about Haiti and African countries are disparaging and disappointing. However, they serve as an important reminder how crucial it is to stand with our marginalized brothers and sisters. Haitians, Africans, immigrants the world over, US citizens and all allies, local and global, must show support, spread love, provide sanctuary and demonstrate tolerance.

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  • Blog
    Thu, 9 Nov 2017
    ArticleGuns Will Not Save Us

    I was 14 years old the first time I held a gun. My parents had recently divulged that they owned not one, but two, 9 mm semi-automatic handguns. The thought of guns in my house was scary, even if they were kept in small lock boxes, stashed far in the back of my parent’s closet. It occurred to me that even if you have a gun,... more...

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