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  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Long March Ahead: A Veteran’s Place in...

    The day after the election felt all too familiar. It felt like 9/11. Then, as now, that day only promised a long road ahead. The years that followed, I dreaded a war I felt duty bound to fight. I was only twelve on 9/11, but I came from a family a Vietnamese refugees, for whom war and resistance is as much a part of the fabric of our... more...

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    ArticleLearning From Our Mistakes

    The 2016 election season was like no other in U.S. history. In its aftermath, some pundits say that the Clinton camp lost because it failed to reach out, listen to, and win the hearts of the white working class. Although one among many reasons, ignoring the so-called "rust belt" or "flyover zone" played a significant... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Dec 2016
    ArticleTrump Nation: How We Got Here and Why Service...

    I knew that the 2016 Presidential Election would be contentious; the change of power in the highest office of global influence always is, especially when there has been a controversial leader in power for two terms and reelecting an incumbent is no longer an option. I wrote my book, “Politiquette,” to help American voters... more...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Rise of Populism and a Platform of...

    Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election sent a shockwave that was felt throughout the world. The result divided the American people: many saw Trump’s victory as hope for economic opportunity, a promise to strengthen national security, and a blow to the political elite who thrived in an establishment that... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    ArticleMy Hope Is In Us

    Advent is the great liturgical season of waiting. We yearn, we search, and we reach out, and we dream of Immanuel who will walk amoung us. We spend much time preparing our homes and our churches for the holiday, and we wait. This season of waiting with expectation is the perfect time to work on our relationship with the Divine, to focus... more...

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016
    ArticleMy Career

    How do I break away from the warrior spirit the Marines instilled in me? As I venture in the civilian world I remember the best and worst times of my life. Serving at the age of 17 was an extreme honor, and regardless of how you feel about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that was the pinnacle of my military service — being a part... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 28 Nov 2016
    ArticleWhat it Means to Be a Veteran Nowadays

    I’m starring in a movie, and I’m doing nothing but running. I run really hard and long. High and low. I stop to spit out a lung before I completely exhaust myself, but no, I don’t do that. I don’t stop for a single second because I’m in a race and I need to keep running. As I’m running, I meet some... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 18 Nov 2016
    ArticleFrom the Campus Clubhouse

    Each day in this election season there were articles and stories aplenty that highlighted our veterans and military. It feels like they are being used as a political football these days. It got me to thinking about the new crop of student veterans on campus this fall who are looking to navigate their way through college. But I am most... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Nov 2016
    ArticleWhat to do about November 9?

    November 9 was a fateful day for Americans. After a tense and divisive election season, Hillary Clinton conceded and Donald Trump was named president-elect. While the historical context of this date in the United States is not yet known, November 9 has an ironic and iconic meaning for the people of another country: Germany. On November... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Nov 2016
    ArticleOur Common Responsibility Beyond the Ballot

    For decades, state and local governments around the country have been busy debating and restricting LGBTQI people’s access to basic rights and public services. Trans people still face interpersonal and state violence at horrific rates, and too many faith traditions still scrutinize and marginalize LGBTQI people and our families.... more...

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