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October 9, 2016

Following a night train from Paris and shaking off our long travel, we stepped out on the train platform in beautiful and welcoming Munich. Munich was an outstanding place to visit. Great beer, food, and atmosphere. I jokingly attributed my complete comfortability to my German roots, which may have played a role, but Munich seemed very "American" to me and I instantly felt comfortable and relaxed.

October 7, 2016

By Dave Conrad, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Hood, Texas

The North Fort Hood Mobilization Center is helping mobilizing service members protect their health and safety during deployments through a new, ongoing program.

October 3, 2016

I want to spend a few moments writing about expectations. If you think about it, this topic is really important yet we Arrow on targetoften don’t give it much thought. Let me give you two examples of expectations. A Veteran says I want to be “normal”.

September 27, 2016

Whether you’re just getting ready to purchase your first home or you’ve played the real estate game more times than you can count, a VA Loan can be the difference between obtaining the “perfect” house or having to settle for something “a little less than perfect.” VA Loans are special mortgages available only to veterans and their spouses; among other things, they offer competitive interest rates, more lax credit requirements, and the opportunity to purchase a home with no money down.

September 30, 2016

The press release from the governor's office is below.  I was able to attend one of these thanks to Bob Gear of the Texas Veterans Leadership Program.  The program highlights innovative programs, like the Military Veterans Manufacturing Vaccines program from the CIADM office at TAMU that provides for TexVet.  Another great program is the Adaptive Construction Solutions program, brainchild of Veteran entrepreneur Nicholas Morgan.  They are training and placing Veterans in good jobs and making money doing it.

September 30, 2016

 A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a Heroes in the Water event near Fort Hood.  Retired first sergeant Frank Aguilar and his crew put on an amazing event - even the weather cooperated in the end.  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's Chris Hampton made the trip down from the Dallas area - IAVA and HOW are partnering for events all over the country.  A great time was had by all but Frank tells it best (quietly) when you are deciding to give it a try or not:

September 30, 2016

The Law of Conservation of Energy states that “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another.”  For example, when we screw in a light bulb, energy in the form of electricity is converted to heat and light.  The energy you are left with is the same amount of energy you started with—just in a different form.

September 30, 2016

Each morning I get an inspirational quote from a former Texas A&M stalwart, Mark Beto.  For today, it is the quote below.  Today is Constitution Day and also being celebrated by many is POW / MIA day.  It is a good time to reflect that so many make the sacrifice, and our leaders take an oath to "...support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."  These oaths, whether taken by miltary officers or politicians, include nothing about defending the U.S. or its people.  People come and go - it is ideas that keep us strong and free.

September 30, 2016

Today is the 100th anniversary of the tank. In England, 

“The Mark IV tank, on which the replica is modeled, was first used in warfare in the Battle of the Somme on 15 September 1916.

With 57,000 casualties on the first day it is regarded as the bloodiest day in British military history.”


September 14, 2016

Some good news from DoD today - more mental health and substance abuse treatments will be covered under TriCare, making them more accessible for troops, families, and retirees.

Under the new policy, which goes into effect Oct. 3, lifetime limits for substance use disorder treatment also are lifted as are some restrictions on smoking cessation and presumed restrictions for psychotherapy and family counseling.

Apparently there was some controversy around treatments for gender dysphoria and a mis-entered rule that affects children's in-patient care:

September 14, 2016

They couldn’t possibly understand what I’m going through… I have my reasons…  They can’t judge me... I don’t know about you, but I have thought these things to myself countless times. 

September 6, 2016

An important comment in the Statesman today reminds us about Texas’ challenges with treating mental illness and injuries, with Veterans often leading the way to change.  Pointing out shortages in the system and highlighting an issue even the Texas Sheriff’s Association is concerned about, much of what should be a healthcare system is i

September 7, 2016

A decision matrix is a written list of values in rows and columns that are systematically analyzed in order to determine the “best” course of action regarding a problem.  The problem may be complex and important, or as simple and mundane.  “Back in the day” I used decision matrices for major business and family-related decisions.  Now I have difficulty understanding what a decision matrix is, never mind how to use one.

September 7, 2016

In the traditional sense, we only consider “blood” relatives as true family members.  We consider people outside of our own bloodline as friends, acquaintances or strangers.  While true, I submit to you that there are other considerations when identifying our kin.

September 7, 2016

Guest article by By Lori Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas