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Vol. 9 Number 7 • JULY 2022


The Month Of




Army Invites Innovators

When Music Speaks:

Transitioning Stories

to Enter 7th Dragon’s Lair


Strategies & Expectations

Warrior Picks Up the Beat Again After Traumatic Brain Injury

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7 Independence Day 8 Forget Me Not 10 Flashback: “ Mental Independence” 14 Korean War Legacy 16 Real Talk: PSC Season 19 Warrior Picks up the Beat 22 Caregiving TLC: Treasured Holiday 24 A Life Recovered: The Comeback 26 Make July your Month of Independence 28 What’s Next: Transitioning Mach 10 30 Army Invites Innovators 32 Off-Base Transition Training 34 HR: Fostering Independence 36 Successful Transitioning Stories 38 Business for Veterans: Freedom 39 Guide Dogs of America 42 Legal Eagle: Rules for Business 44 National Veterans Chamber of Commerce 46 Legally Speaking: Hiring an Attorney 50 Careers in Law Enforcement 56 Inside the Monthly Columns WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / JULY 2022



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Independence Day Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as “the Fourth of July”. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. On July 4th, 1776 the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation by adopting the Declaration of Independence. Today, Independence Day is celebrated and honored in many forms such as fireworks, BBQs and parades. It is an opportunity for Americans to express patriotism and love of country including reflecting on the sacrifices from those in the military.

Independence Day History On June 11th, 1776 the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to formally sever ties with Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson, who considered an esteemed writer, was selected to draft the document. After 86 revisions and on July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress signed the final version. The first readings of the document included ringing of bells and band music. The following Fourth of July Congress was adjourned in Philadelphia and everybody celebrated with bells, bonfires and fireworks. Soon these customs spread to other areas within the 13 colonies and new customs began to develop such as picnics, speeches, games, military displays and of course fireworks. These traditions continued for almost a century before Congress finally established Independence Day as a holiday. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration states, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”

Independence Day Facts • The original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States • Independence Day 2015 is the 239th Independence Day. • 56 People signed the Declaration of Independence. • John Hancock was the first signer and famously had the largest signature. • In July 1776 there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the Colonial United States. • Currently there are approximately 316 million Americans. • The Declaration of Independence was revised 86 times. • The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776. • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the Fourth of July, 1826.

Things to do on the Fourth of July • Barbecue with friends and family • Watch a fireworks show • Go to a blockbuster movie release • Have a block party • Light some fireworks (safely & legally of course) • Attend a baseball game • Find water – Boating, beaching and water skiing • Rent a 4th of July themed movie • Find a National Park hosting a July 4th event

Patriotic Things to do on the Fourth of July • Fly the American Flag • Wear Red, White and Blue • Volunteer to help our veterans • Take a trip to a special fort, park or monument near you. • Go to a Fourth of July celebration • Attend a Revolutionary War reenactment • Send Letters, Care Packages, and Other Ways to Support the Military WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / JULY 2022


“FORGET ME NOT” The annual Coronado Fourth of July Parade introduces Force-Con 2022, the inaugural 3-day superhero military convention and art festival involving action/adventure, animation, film, comics and literary works coming to San Diego and Coronado this September 23-25. In partnership with Army Week San Diego, Force-Con 2022 is expected to be the largest convention of its kind launching in Southern California.

Trailing the jeep will be a set of magnificent steel wings displayed with engraved dog tag feathers representing the 1,584 MIA Vietnam veterans. If you look closely, each engraved dog tag reveals the POW/MIA veteran’s name, place of capture or location last seen, place of birth and rank of service. The dog tags are much like the POW bracelets worn by concerned citizens and loved ones during the Vietnam War in remembrance of those captured. The POW/MIA steel wings displayed were welded by artisan Jay Stargaard and belong to the Purple Foxes United lead character, LT Williams.

The Coronado Fourth of July (CFOJ) Parade welcomes all patriots who love our country and our veterans to attend the traditional community event held on Coronado Island, Monday, July 4, 2022. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. “The Coronado Fourth of July is proud to be a partner with Force-Con this year to bring praise and recognition to our American hero’s that fight for independence. The town of Coronado being a Navy town has the most patriotic parade this side of the Mississippi and proudly salute our past, present, and future military members,” expressed Todd Tanghe, President Coronado Fourth of July. Force-Con 2022 is inspired by the “Purple Foxes United” screenplay based on the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) from the Vietnam War era. The historical fiction story was created and written by Producer CJ Machado, the CEO/Founder of Force-Con. The animated tale involves female heroines that join together to save their brothers in arms held captive during the Vietnam War. The superhero characters highlighted in the project are based on our real-life heroes, our service members, and Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) alumni veterans. Two of those HFSD distinguished patrons are WWII child POW Tom Crosby and Coronado’s Hometown Hero WWII paratrooper Tom Rice that you may recognize riding in an Army green vintage jeep during the Parade.

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”The story was created to ignite a surge of patriotism, a duty of remembrance and the revival of the American Spirit that would inspire curiosity among our youth and instill a sense of deep gratitude and amazement toward our real-life superheroes and their service to country,” stated Producer CJ Machado. Force-Con 2022’s featured artist and U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Joe Pisano’s POW “Forget Me Not” artwork will also be visible at the rear of the jeep trailer and was selected as a significant tie in with the project.

Many of the legendary heroes featured in the Purple Foxes United story were discovered on Coronado Island, and many WWII aviator icons make a dramatic appearance. Local Coronado residents include Vietnam veteran fighter pilots and Golden Eagles U.S. Navy Commander and the President of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society Chuck Sweeney, USMC Major General Bob Butcher, and WWII paratrooper Tom Rice who served on D-Day-Operation Market Garden-Battle of the Bulge-Berchtesgaden. Force-Con 2022 will benefit many veteran organizations including Honor Flight San Diego to help fund their next flight taking Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. Force-Con 2022 affiliate partners include Coronado Island Film Festival, Hotel del Coronado, Army Week San Diego, Beyond the Teams, The League of Wives, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Liberty Station Art District, Gary Sinise Foundation, Honor Flight San Diego, Us 4 Warriors, STEP-Support the Enlisted Project, San Diego Veterans Coalition, American Legion Baseball, Resurrecting Lives Foundation, Helmets to Hardhats, MOWW-Military Order of World Wars, Homeland Magazine, San Diego Veterans Magazine, and many more... We hope to see you and your family there!

MEET THE HEROES WWII PARATROOPER TOM RICE To learn more about this epic event and see our schedule of events, visit: www.Force-Con.com For sponsorship opportunities: info@Force-Con.com To follow on Facebook, please visit: www.facebook.com/SuperheroMilitaryForcesUnite OR www.facebook.com/operationcalltoservice Search by: #ForceCon #TeamForceCon #PurpleFoxesUnited #OperationCallToService For Coronado Fourth of July Parade schedule of events: https://coronadofourthofjuly.com/

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How to Find Mental Independence When You’re Up the Creek Without a Paddle When we think about independence, we tend to think about the freedoms we enjoy thanks to the veterans who fought for us to have those rights. But what about when you’re fighting for freedom from traumatic thoughts? Marine Corps and Coast Guard veteran Chad Hiser faced exactly that.


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Starting in childhood, Chad faced challenges with neither biological parent fully present. He grew up feeling angry about everything, and by the time he was 14 years old, he decided he wanted to join the military as soon as he was done with high school.

He opened up to Lindsey though about losing somebody on deployment. When he shared with her, he started to realize he hadn’t been feeling right. At the time, he didn’t realize he was experiencing PTSD symptoms.

After participating in his school’s Army JROTC, he joined the Marine Corps as a mortarman. He was part of the initial invasion into Iraq three years later. In a single day — March 23, 2003 — 18 marines were killed in Nasiriyah.

“Things were different,” Chad explained. “I felt uncomfortable just going out in public. I got nervous around crowds. I went off the handle easily. I just didn’t know what was wrong.”

After returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, Chad faced culture shock in a place he once called home.

Chad thought being out of the military was causing some of his difficulties, so he decided to join the Coast Guard. Unfortunately, there was lots of downtime where he was stationed. This left plenty of time for him to think about things, which led him down a dark path. He was miserable, and started to feel like he was making everyone around him miserable, too.

“You don’t come back the same, whether you want to admit it or not,” Chad said. “Whether you’re a bit more uncomfortable being around crowds, or you don’t like loud noises, or certain smells set you off, or seeing a bag of trash on the side of the road as you drive by freaks you out — it’s the little things you never thought about before that suddenly become prominent.” Chad’s wife, Lindsey, encouraged him to go to church with her, in an attempt to cope with his feelings. He went a few times, but his heart wasn’t in it.

He often remained awake at night, unable to fall asleep. Chad’s roommate had trouble sleeping, too, but he kept a bottle of sleeping pills handy. One day when Chad felt like facing his challenges just wasn’t worth it anymore, he attempted suicide by downing his roommate’s bottle of sleeping pills. Luckily, his roommate got him to a hospital, where they saved his life. Continued on next page >


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The Coast Guard made Chad attend counseling after that, and he began taking a number of medicines to help manage the effects of PTSD. He was medically retired after that with an official PTSD diagnosis. He continued taking his medicines, but he said they made him feel numb. He often fell asleep before dinner, and the next two years were a blur of therapy, medications, anger, and depression. Chad couldn’t find a job — partially because he was honest with employers about his PTSD — and felt lost and isolated. “I didn’t tell anybody I had attempted to kill myself because I felt like it made me weak,” Chad said. “It was hard for Lindsey because she didn’t want to tell people what I was dealing with. I knew that was hard on her.” Eventually, Lindsey convinced him to open himself up to faith, and things slowly started to improve. Through attending church, Chad found his pastor held no judgment over his past or feelings. He began to open up and connect with others, and eventually, he reached out to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Chad attended a WWP mental health workshop, and that was a huge turning point for him. He recalled thinking, “Maybe this won’t last forever. Maybe I can


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learn to live my new normal and adjust to the way I am now.” He previously felt like he was in a boat in the middle of the ocean with God — but without a paddle. He shared and contributed a lot with the group at the WWP workshop, and because of that, the group wanted to give something to him. It was a paddle, signed by his fellow veterans at the workshop. “It was a sign that I’m supposed to dedicate myself to helping other veterans,” Chad said. Chad had found his purpose. He became a peer mentor, guiding other warriors at mental health workshops. In this role, he confronted his demons repeatedly, and his problems lost their hold on him as he shared. He finally understood the meaning of something his pastor told him: “Things you leave in the dark hold power over you, but if you put them in the light, they lose that power.” Chad added, “When I start to engage with veterans and help them out, I can almost feel like I’m getting a little bit of myself back — a little piece of myself that I lost so long ago.”


He explained that sharing with other veterans has forced him out of his comfort zone, but also helped him grow and learn to see himself in a positive light. Since then, he’s participated in other WWP program events, including Soldier Ride® and physical fitness opportunities. Chad has some advice for other warriors who are searching for that mental independence — that freedom from the dark thoughts that cloud over possibilities for positivity and hope. 1. Get out of your comfort zone of isolation. In that comfort zone, your mind is an echo chamber. All you’re doing is confirming your negative thoughts — and that’s going to put you in a darker place. 2. Find a positive outlet. Whether it’s exercise, journaling, cooking, or something else, a hobby can keep you away from negative things that could lead down a dark road. It helps keep you mentally focused on what you want to put your energy toward. 3. It’s OK to feel pain. Pain is not uncommon or abnormal, especially as you transition out of the military. Your mind rewires itself after experiencing trauma, and it’s essential to work through the pain so you can get to a better stage of recovery.


“I love Wounded Warrior Project because it’s an opportunity to be able to meet new people and learn from them and build relationships and friendships that can last forever,” Chad said. “Because of Wounded Warrior Project, I realized I wasn’t alone. Other people are dealing with the same things I am. And if they can get better, so can I.” About Wounded Warrior Project Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers — helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more at www.newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us

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The Congressional Gold Medal was presented to the 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers” at a ceremony on April 13, 2016, at the U.S. Capitol. Source: U.S. House of Representatives


Korean War legacy remembered

DAV chapter honors segregated Puerto Rican regiment By Chris Mayhew


hanks to a DAV chapter’s work, the service of the U.S. military’s only segregated Puerto Rican regiment has gained special recognition in the state of Texas. The Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment was nicknamed the “Borinqueneers” in honor of the native Taino name for the island, Borinquen. According to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the regiment was barred from front-line service during World War II and suffered minimal casualties during the conflict. By the time the Korean War broke out, the combat regiment had become “superbly trained and well-disciplined.” It was activated and mobilized to the peninsula. Roughly 61,000 Puerto Ricans fought in the Korean War, many serving with the 65th. Among those numbers, 3,540 Puerto Ricans became casualties of war, with 747 killed in action. The regiment was the military’s last segregated unit.


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Luis Cortes, commander of DAV Chapter 114 in Helotes, Texas, recognized the importance of honoring the Borinqueneers’ sacrifices and unique service. He successfully advocated for the creation of the license plate in Texas, as well as naming a 2-mile stretch of Texas highway for the unit and the DAV chapter. In March 2022, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Angel Rosario was among the first to obtain a Texas license plate bearing the unit’s name and an image of the Congressional Gold Medal that was bestowed upon the regiment on April 13, 2016—the date is now recognized annually as National Borinqueneers Day. Rosario, a 92-year-old Yauco, Puerto Rico, native and a longtime Killeen, Texas, resident, is a Purple Heart recipient. He served in Korea from 1951 to 1952. He remembers being aboard a ship from Puerto Rico to Korea for 35 days and starting to fight, in the snow, almost immediately after landing. “I am so happy to know that we, and the history of the 65th Infantry Regiment, will not be forgotten thanks to DAV,” Rosario said. In December 1950, Borinqueneers defended the frozen, rocky hilltops above the port city of Hŭngnam

A painting by Dominic D’Andrea depicting soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico engaged in the last battalion-sized bayonet attack by the U.S. Army. The bayonet attack came on the morning of the third day of battle, when two battalions of the regiment fixed bayonets and charged at the enemy positions. Artwork: Department of Defense

from encircling Chinese forces. The regiment’s actions helped 105,000 service members and more than 100,000 civilians board ships at Hŭngnam at the conclusion of the 1st Marine Division’s valorous breakout from the Chosin Reservoir. And 1951, the 65th Infantry famously led the last battalion-sized fixed-bayonet charge in U.S. Army history. The unit also faced discrimination. In 1952, nearly eight dozen of the unit’s members were court-martialed and subsequently punished for failing to obey orders and take a series of objectives known as Jackson Heights—Hill 391—in Korea. A number of elements led to the mission failure, including the intense barrage of enemy artillery and mortar fire, heavy casualties and severe language barriers. By 1954, Army Secretary Robert Stevens had overturned the convicted soldiers’ sentences. “It’s so important we find ways to enshrine the legacies of our veterans,” said DAV National Commander Andy Marshall. “This helps us to ensure we are not losing the experiences of these brave individuals to the pages of history.”

While the regiment was deactivated in 1956, a battalion of the Borinqueneers remains active as part of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard. Korea is often called “the forgotten war,” so it’s no surprise that the sacrifices of the Borinqueneers was often left out of news accounts and histories, Cortes said, adding that the honors touch the hearts of the veterans, their families and their descendants. “These individuals have been waiting for years of their lives to be acknowledged,” Cortes said. n

Left: Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Angel Rosario proudly turns the final screw to affix a new Texas license plate on his car that recognizes his service as a member of the only U.S. military segregated regiment from Puerto Rico. Right: Rosario and his wife, Luz, who has since died, gather at a sign recognizing a 2-mile stretch of state Highway 16 for DAV Chapter 114 of Helotes, Texas, and the 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers,” with whom he served during the Korean War.

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Real Talk: Mental Health By Hope Phifer, Cohen Veterans Network The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD www.vvsd.net/cohenclinics

It is PCS Season. Time to Declutter. How did I get here? It’s a question many of us ask ourselves when we suddenly notice that we’re sitting in our home, surrounded by stuff – childhood memories, clothes long past their prime, houseware and décor that we have a million versions of, a closet or two filled with things we haven’t looked at in years, and yes, I’m going to say it, junk. This “Aha!” moment of clutter oftentimes comes during the most inconvenient moments for military families – PCS season (dun-dun-duuun!). Before you start feeling guilty. Do not. You are not alone. There are many reasons for clutter. Items can have meaning beyond their value, says Kirsten Alfaro White, M.A., NCC, APCC, Associate Director at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD in Oceanside, California. The Cohen Clinic, part of Cohen Veterans Network, provides high-quality, evidence-based mental health care for post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families. “Oftentimes, people find deeper meaning in an object beyond its actual value. This can be in the form of sentimental or nostalgic value,” White said. “For example, parents might look at their children’s things as ‘special,’ like their first pair of shoes, or the first picture they drew. Items can also be seen as having possible value in the future. Like, you may view something that ‘could be really helpful in the future, so I better hang on to it.’” Another reason you may find yourself in a clutter predicament is because you simply just may not know where to start. White’s examples show how clutter could have started, but then it accrues and then it feels like it is too much to tackle. 16

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Military families particularly face these challenges because they deal with frequent moves as part of PCS transitions. A military family may have to downsize to a new home, having more than the space comfortably allows. Or they may move into a bigger home, which means buying more items to fill the space. “Military families don’t always have control over where they are moving,” White said. “In attempt to ‘fit in’ with their new community, in a new state, they might buy certain items that align with the community better so that they can feel more adjusted with their peers.” Additionally, she said the accumulation of items from various places should be considered. “Those items hold a deeper value because they are tied to a deeper memory.”

Facing clutter during PCS moves can present mental health challenges for military families, including: • Anxiety when attempting to declutter - This can occur when items are thought to have meaning beyond their value. Therefore, the thought of getting rid of items that have sentimental value can cause anxiety. - Similarly, if someone thinks that items could hold value in the future, they might feel anxiety around letting go of them. • Distress when feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed - Decluttering, no matter the size of the task, can feel very daunting, especially if it has to do with meaningful items. And the thought of the task itself can be overwhelming, even more so if someone does not know where to start or how to organize. - Someone could also feel embarrassed by how many items they need to sort through, how it all looks, or the things that they have kept—this feeling of embarrassment could lead to, or mix with, the feelings of anxiety and/or depression. • Depression - letting go of an item that holds significant sentimental value could lead to a state of depression. - Also, being overwhelmed with emotions can lead to depressive symptoms such as the lack of energy or motivation to declutter.

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As overwhelming as it seems, there are many solutions to overcoming these mental health challenges. White outlines a few of them below: • Include everyone. That means the entire family, friends, and other loved ones. This can help with the nostalgic part of addressing the value of items. However, be sure to set the stage for those involved; share with them that the items may be hard for you to let go and/or that it might bring you anxiety. • Ten-minutes sweeps. Break up the decluttering in small increments and be sure to include timed breaks or moments for selfcare, deep breaths and mindfulness. Set small goals and achieve those to build a big win! • Donate! Donating is a wonderful way to add meaning to something while letting go. A military spouse friend of mine told me recently that something that helped her with letting go of some items was donating them to someone in need and knowing they were going to be cherished by someone else. • Manage expectations. When embarking on tasks that can be overwhelming, manage your expectations of the process and your end goal. • Give yourself grace. Remember, it is okay to have a tough time with challenges. Guidance and tips can help, but that does not mean that they will make the process easy for everyone. Consider seeking a mental health professional to help you cope.

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When Music Speaks: Warrior Picks Up the Beat Again After Traumatic Brain Injury By Raquel Rivas, Wounded Warrior Project Army veteran Paul Delacerda has played drums since age 9. He started touring with his first band at 17. So, after an IED attack in Iraq sidelined his Army career, he thought he would pick up music again. Not so easy after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Paul remembers his first open mic after being injured. “The club owner came up to tell me I was playing behind the beat,” Paul said. “He didn’t close the door, though; he just told me to practice and come back when I was better.”

“After playing again, I realized other warriors should have a chance to do this,” Paul reflected. “Being on stage gets you over the fear of being in front of people. It’s also a positive way to express your talent. When words fail, music speaks. If you can’t say it, then play it.” Playing His Way Back to Life and to Heritage

Paul was determined and taught himself to play drums all over again. He returned in eight months to much praise. He even said that relearning allowed him to develop better habits. Within three years, he founded a new rock band comprised of veterans. “Drumming is very physical, and with a TBI, you tend to get hyperactive, but when I play, I sleep like a baby,” Paul said. Drumming is way more than music therapy; Paul found a new mission through his music. If he could do it, other veterans could do it.

Paul has music in his blood. His dad was a mariachi singer and guitarist in Houston, Texas. His maternal grandfather was a composer, and an uncle played the drums – inspiring Paul to play. Military service is part of his heritage as well: Paul’s dad served in the Air Force and Paul’s brother and uncle both served in the Army. Paul first joined the Army in 1995. He reenlisted after 9/11 and was deployed to Iraq in 2005. During most of his 15 years of active duty, he served as an infantry paratrooper, logging 128 jumps. He hurt a knee in a jump and had to briefly leaveactive duty. Within a few months, 9/11 happened and Paul rehabbed his knee so that he could reenlist. Paul had a total of nine deployments. The day of the TBI injury, Paul and his unit were clearing a road of IEDs. Continued on next page >

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He was in the lead vehicle that took the brunt of the IED detonation and the shock wave. Paul didn’t know it immediately, but he would end up with tinnitus and TBI. A fellow soldier had a ruptured ear drum. “It took two or three months before I realized I had TBI,” Paul said. “I was back home at a Walmart parking lot back and could not remember where I was or why.” After that episode of memory loss, Paul saw a doctor and was diagnosed with TBI. He realized PTSD triggers were affecting him as well. He noticed he felt as if someone was switching channels in his head, and each channel had a different memory – indicating flashbacks to combat situations. But Paul approaches life with a “never quit” attitude. “There’s no option but to not quit,” Paul said. His persistence with music brought along other benefits. “When I play music, I focus on the beat,” Paul said. “All the bad noise, including PTSD, goes away, and all the good noise that I need stays there. I get rid of all the bad; it just disappears while I’m playing.” Paul also reached out for assistance. He had heard about Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) while still in the Army’s Warrior Transition Battalion in 2006. “Over the last 15 years, Wounded Warrior Project has been there for me in a lot of different ways that I didn’t know I needed until it happened,” Paul said. “The fact that Wounded Warrior Project staff show support for


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my band and my music is one of the best things. They also check in and call me and make sure I’m OK. They support my ventures and that helps me, and it helps other warriors. What I do for my community is a product of what Wounded Warrior Project does for me.” Paul formed the first nationally recognized veterans rock band. Through several band iterations, Paul pulled together other veteran musicians to visit military bases, playing rock for active-duty personnel. He has also provided music therapy opportunities for veterans in the Houston area. Paul invites other veterans to express themselves through music, expanding on their connections, and fostering creativity. The camaraderie is spontaneous. “Just being around other veterans, you connect on a different level. You don’t even know these guys, and you end up congregating in a circle and talking about shared experiences,” Paul said. “The connection is really important and it’s already there,” he said. “Music brings all that together. You can be veterans from different eras, but when you’re all in the same room, it’s remarkable how everything else just goes away, you become fast friends. Sometimes you connect on a level where you become best friends. And you stay connected for years on end after that. “The best part is also the family element of it, because Wounded Warrior Project also has a way of connecting families so they can understand what their warrior is going through. I’ve met a lot of veterans that, to this day, stay in touch.”

Empowering Other Veterans Paul started a podcast called “Warriors Voice Radio” and a music therapy nonprofit in Houston called Rock4Recovery. “As a wounded warrior, that was my call; to connect with warriors through music,” Paul said. Warrior Care Network® has helped countless veteran families take back their lives.

The icing on the cake was when Paul and his band, Vetted, performed at the 2016 Invictus Games, hosted by Prince Harry. It was a moment that brought together all the good things Paul had been working toward. The band played live in front of 50,000 people, and it was broadcasted on ESPN and BBC. Music has brought Paul out of the dark each time he needed it and he generously pays it forward. After a pause from touring and public speaking, Paul has regrouped around music and acting. He plans to continue giving a voice to veterans through music and movie castings. “I want to help put veterans to work in the movie industry through a talent agency that helps veterans and former first responders polish their skills and have good representation,” Paul said. From Paul’s first tour as a drummer at age 17 to his reconnection to veterans through music and to his own musical roots, his commitment to connecting veterans is unwavering.


I’M STILL STANDING HERE BECAUSE OF WARRIOR CARE NETWORK.” Facing physical and mental injuries after his deployment to Afghanistan, Jenna’s husband, Isaac, returned an unrecognizable man. “It was like war came to our house,” Jenna says. Overwhelmed by the weight of caring for her husband and three young children, she began to experience mental health challenges of her own. That’s when she reached out to Wounded Warrior Project® and the Warrior Care Network. Jenna found the resources and support she needed to reclaim herself, her marriage, and her family. In partnership with four worldrenowned academic medical centers, Warrior Care Network provides first-class treatment tailored specifically for veterans living with the invisible wounds of war. The program features unique and specialized treatments and offerings tailored to helping participants manage the difficulties with their injuries.

“My goal is to empower others through music and a rediscovery of their talents,” Paul said. Learn more about how WWP helps warriors connect with each other and their communities in meaningful ways. Visit https://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org About Wounded Warrior Project Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers — helping them achieve their highest ambition.

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CAREGIVING TLC By Kie Copenhaver CSA, RHIA, SHSS, RCFE www.agingwellpartners.com

The Fourth of July

A Treasured National Holiday We have just finished celebrating the 4th of July. It’s a special time for Americans, with our backyard barbeques, friends, families and the night sky filled with fireworks of all shapes, sizes, and colors. But how many of us will really pause and reflect on the rich history of this treasured national holiday?

So, everytime you light up a sparkler on the 4th of July, pause for a moment and give thanks to all the men and women who bravely fought for these Rights, those service members who currently wear the uniform, and the caregivers who give of their heart and soul daily to ensure our veterans are cared for properly. P.S. the Declaration of Independence was officially signed into law on August 2, 1776…doesn’t quite have the same ring as 4th of July, does it.

In 1776, the founding fathers of our great nation drafted the Declaration of Independence. The original 13 colonies were tired of “taxation without representation” by the British; said another way, they were under British rule and paying taxes, yet were not given a voice in the very government to which they paid their taxes. Thomas Jefferson drafted the document, and it was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. So, what exactly does it mean to “declare” something? How did our founding fathers go from being under British rule in one moment and in the next, they were governing themselves? To declare something means to make a “formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition” according to the Oxford dictionary. Some present-day declarations include marriage, divorce, war, and peace. However, such declarations are not without action – the founding fathers made a declaration of independence from the British Crown then set about taking actions that were consistent with that declaration. A declaration without conviction and action is merely a statement. Our service members – both retired and currently serving – are continuously taking the actions consistent with keeping the Declaration of Independence alive for all of us. They have fought – and continue to fight – for us all to maintain our “inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. And beside many of our veterans are caregivers; the wives, husbands, sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors who take on the role of caregiver for those veterans needing extra assistance with their activities of daily living.


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Living A Life Recovered By Matthew Ward mward@cbhssd.com @aliferecovered

The Comeback

back to treatment for the fourth time on March 6th, 2019, with the nudge from my girlfriend at the time.

My name is Matthew Ward, I’m 34 years old and I’m in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. I will be sharing a little bit of my experience, strength and hope on what I went through with my drug and alcohol addiction and how I found a way out. My goal is to help the next man or woman who still suffers and let them know they are not alone.

I completed 58 days of treatment at the Lighthouse in Anaheim and went to sober living. I started putting my resumé together. It was tough because I had no work history for 18 months, no car or driver’s license and a criminal record. The odds were against me. Even with the uncertainty, I knew I was smart, capable, honest, and possessed a great work ethic. I wouldn’t let alcohol and drugs define me for another moment.

Moving forward, I will be writing a monthly column, “Living A Life Recovered”. My goal is to help the next man or woman who still suffers. You are not alone. Please feel free to email me if you want to share your story or if you have any questions. I discharged from the Navy in January 2018. Although mentally and physically taxing, the Navy taught me several invaluable things. I learned the importance of being on time, looking presentable, and that the right attitude can get you through the most difficult situations. I reflect on my time in the military and am thankful and proud for the opportunity to serve my country. There are, however, certain aspects I am glad are over. I do not miss 18-hour days of manual labor while at sea. I do not miss getting so stressed out and then realizing that I’m in the middle of the South China Sea. The way I coped with the stress of active duty for over 7 years was with alcohol. By the time I discharged I was in active alcoholism and using drugs. I moved to East County, San Diego and I began to spiral after being introduced to methamphetamine. I had major legal trouble in early 2018 and I narrowly missed prison time after two DUI’s and possession of a large amount of cocaine with intent to sell. I got lucky and received no felonies after they reduced some charges, but I was deep in my addiction. I asked the Judge for mercy instead of justice. I had a slew of commitments and programs to now attend including an 18-month DUI program. I sold my car to help pay for the fines. Despite all of these consequences, I still continued to drink and use and ended up going 24

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I started applying and was turned down by nearly every single one. Some were government jobs, I knew it was a longshot. I started losing hope. I had applied to other financial and sales-type positions as well, insurance companies, banks, etc. I was always great with numbers and communication so I thought I might be good at it. I wanted to break the stigma that manual labor is your only option after criminal convictions. I finally got a call from a man who was an agency owner at a Fortune 500 insurance company. He saw my resume on Indeed and asked me to come in for an interview. I was psyched. I had a jacket and tie for the interview with a pair of slacks and dress shoes that I borrowed from housemates. I was ready. When we sat down,

I let him know my goals, answered his questions honestly and told him a small part of my current situation. He called me a few days later and hired me. To my surprise, the background check cleared due to me having no felonies or financial related crimes. I passed my state license exam the first time up in August 2019. Unfortunately, the Department of Insurance for California sent me a letter saying, “Due to your criminal history, we will not be issuing you a license to transact insurance in the state of California.” I appealed the decision. They sent me a letter saying I would have a court hearing in April of 2020. I was going to be going up against lawyers from the Department of Insurance. My job is to prove why I deserve a license, their job is to show why I am unfit. I got my documents in order. I had proof of rehabilitation, letters from therapists and sober houses, proof of AA meetings, a letter from my sponsor, completion of my 18-month DUI program with fines paid, and several other documents from the military. My boss was present as a witness and testified to the court that I was a guy he trusted and wanted on his team. Three months later, I got a letter from the Department of Insurance. They issued me an insurance license. It took me one full year to become licensed and I was eventually promoted to head of the Sales Department in 2021. The state that almost sentenced me to 5 years in prison is the same state that gave me an insurance license to do business with a Fortune 500 company. I say this not to boast but to let anyone in a similar situation know to stay vigilant and not take no for an answer. When one door closes, another opens. After two and a half years in the insurance industry, I realized my true passion was in the recovery field. In March 2022, I started as a Case Manager and Counselor at Confidential Recovery, an Intensive Outpatient Clinic in San Diego. (www.confidentialrecovery.com) We provide treatment to those with substance use disorder. I am pursuing my master’s in clinical counseling and manage a sobriety inspired Instagram account (@aliferecovered). “My goal is to help those as I have been helped” - Matthew Ward

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Before you listen to all these voices, ask yourself these three questions: • Have you given this goal your best effort? • If you have – what are the reasons you could not be successful? Is it a lack of resources, knowledge or skill? • How can you learn from where you are and make a plan to acquire what is missing – the resources, knowledge or skills – to allow you to be successful? The great Roman general Marcus Aurelius asked the question a different way: “Does what’s happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforwardness?”

Make July your Month of Independence In the United States we have just finished celebrating the 4th of July. It’s a special time to Americans. Not only are there picnics and parades, there is an understanding that over 200 years ago people got fed up with the way things were and pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to making the changes they saw necessary for long-term success as a nation. July is also halfway through the calendar year, six months away from the hopeful exuberance of New Year’s resolutions. This makes it a perfect opportunity to make July a month to declare your personal independence from the things that are standing in the way of your resolutions and goals. Revisit those grand dreams and declare your independence from the tyranny holding you back – pledging with the same revolutionary fervor as the patriots did to make the changes necessary for your success. Declare your independence from failure. How are you doing on the goals you made at the first of the year? Have you fallen so far behind that you have shoved them back into a corner, pointedly ignoring them because you feel that you have failed? This is the tyranny of failure. It stalks along beside you, assuring you that each and every time you try something new it will not work out and you will not be successful. Often it has helpers – your friends, coworkers, possibly even those closest to you. Regardless, the largest ally of failure is the voice inside of you. 26

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In other words, does what you perceive as failure change your basic nature as a human being? If not, don’t waste time being held back by the failure. Instead use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Take that learning and growth into the future and continue on to achieve your goals. Declare your independence from fear. Television personality Mike Rowe tells a story when he stood before the camera to begin his first night as a host on the shopping channel QVC. He had a product he knew nothing about, he had no experience in live television, and he knew that QVC was not interested in on-air personalities who could not sell products.

In his story, Mike points out a key in declaring your independence from the tyranny of fear: Don’t hide your fear. Acknowledge that you are scared to yourself and to those around you. In Mike’s case, he started out his segment letting the entire television audience know that it was his first time, he didn’t know anything about what the product did, and then he asked them to get involved and help him out. The audience responded by filling the phone lines to talk about their experience with the products, encouraged by Mike’s willingness to be truthful and authentic with them. Most importantly, they were willing to purchase the products being pitched. What Mike Rowe did was eliminate the best weapon of fear, which is the uncertainty that comes with doing something that you have not done before. By openly acknowledging the fear he made it clear that he was committed to success and was able to tap into those who were waiting for an opportunity to make that success possible. Declare your independence from going it alone. The story that Mike Rowe tells also shows the futility of trying to go it alone. Many people set goals – whether they are related to education, fitness or career – then attempt to achieve those goals in the absence of any type of support system. The self-made man is a myth. Throughout history, leaders who have been successful have had carefully developed support systems around them.

Whether they are formal advisors, technical assistants, or just sounding boards who can help in the development of ideas, a support system is invaluable in helping you reach a goal. Make yourself accountable to those who care about you. It does not have to be a formal accountability framework; something as simple as online social media can be very powerful. When I first started a fitness program, I posted each day’s run to my Facebook account. This was not so much that I wanted to be sure that my friend saw me run, rather, it was my motivation when I did not want to go run.

Make this July your personal “Independence Month” – a month to recommit to the goals that you want to achieve this year. Adjust where necessary, learn from the attempts of the first half of the year, banish your fear, and re-engage with your support system. You have the second half of the year to make your goals a reality, and the experiences of the first half of the year to get you there.

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WHAT’S NEXT Transition to Civilian Life By Eve Nasby & Kristin Hennessy

Kristin & Eve


“Remember, the Navy needs Maverick! Companies need you”

In full disclosure, your authors over here

have quite an, errrm, semi-obsession with Top Gun Maverick. Between the 2 of us, we’ve seen it 12 times in the theater. Combine that with a passionfor helping our transitioning military be preppedand ready, an we’ve got a relatable one for you this month!

If you haven’t seen it yet, we won’t spoil it. But either way, you can probably relate. You are good at what you do in the military. But transitioning out could seem like your toughest assignment ever. If you think you’re not qualified or don’t have the skills for the civilian world, remember you’ve been well-trained. With the right preparation and mindset, you’re on a mission to success. Maverick was the MAN in Top Gun. He thought he was coming back to fly the MOST dangerous adventure yet. After all, he was the best. Due to a little ego inflation and pushing the Mach 10 limits against all orders, he’s put in his place. He finds out he’s not flying it. He’s been recruited to TEACH others to fly it. With no opportunity to negotiate, he had to suck it up and trust the commander. Was it a success? (We said we wouldn’t spoil it.) 28

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“Coach? Sir?” Life may not deliver exactly what you expected. As you transition out you may be asked to do something you don’t feel prepared to do, or even want to do. Do it anyway. Don’t be afraid to take yourself outside of your limits. You just may find out that if you do it, the outcome will be rewarding. “I don’t like that face, Maverick.” “It’s the only one I got.” You are you - a unique blend of skills, talents, experiences. Your past and present experiences shape your future, so use those to decide what you want your future to look like. Where do you want to live? What kind of work excites you? Research your options before transitioning out and stick to what speaks to only YOUR unique self.

“You got us into this. How are you going to get us out?” So, you feel like you’re flying with a fellow F18 taunting you from above. How will you respond? Do you stubbornly dive below the hard deck? Are you too distracted thinking about your past? Let your past accomplishments AND failures propel you to make your future more successful. “It’s time to let go.”

“You’re grounded. Permanently” There will be times where the future seems bleak. Mentally look beyond what is happening now. Imagine yourself in your ideal job and the present agony will become tomorrow’s memory. Use the challenges you face today as motivation to propel you into a great career opportunity. “He couldn’t keep up.”

Don’t dwell on the wins or the mistakes. Accept you have a new future and a new adventure ahead. Some things will inevitably change. Some things you can’t control. You CAN control your attitude and you CAN control the direction that you decide you want to go.

Don’t leave your wingman. In many cases, this means your spouse. Their opinion is just as important as yours as you decide what’s next. Make sure your wingman (or wingwoman!) is considered, appreciated and treated as your rock throughout this transition process.

“You’re not serious.”

“It’s not the plane, it’s the pilot”

In your next career you may not have the opportunity

You’re the pilot of your own destination! Know that companies need you and want you, as do other fellow employees. You have a ‘can do, ‘team oriented ‘ mindset not often found in the civilian work sector.

to steal an F-14 and take off from a “very short taxiway” but you do need to have more than a very short time to plan your transition. Start early and plan accordingly so you hit the career target that coincides with your aim. “Don’t think, just do.” This applies to overthinking and procrastinating. Stop thinking about getting help with your resume or networking with people about jobs. Just do it. Don’t think about getting a mentor. Just do it. Just trust your gut and trust yourself. If you’re interviewing for a job that starts to feel off, then it is. Don’t fear asking the right questions to determine if it’s the right fit. And, don’t take just the first thing that comes your way. The first available job may not be the best for your career. Keep “doing” until Jim it’s right.

Remember, the Navy needs Maverick! Companies need you. There’s no autopilot in this process. Put forth your best energy and efforts as you transition. But for Pete’s sake, keep it below Mach 10.3!


“I graduated second in my class. Just want to set expectations, Sir.” Don’t overestimate your skill level. Don’t underestimate it either. You’ll probably need additional training to get the job you want, so get it.Use your GI bill for your own self-improvement! There are plenty of educational programs that partner with the government to provide free or low cost classes that get you the certifications you need. “No idea what they’re saying.” Sometimes you may not have any idea what’s going on. Maybe civilian speech doesn’t resonate with you. Or the interview process doesn’t make sense. Your mentors and your network will help you. If you don’t have any idea what they’re saying, just ask to clarify. Or, pull a Maverick. Just smile and wave while you admit that you have no idea what’s going on.

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Army Invites Innovators to Enter 7th Dragon’s Lair By Sgt. Maxine Baen, XVII Airborne Corps Public Affairs For the first time ever, the XVIII Airborne Corps will partner with Army Futures Command to co-host the seventh installment of the innovative series Dragon’s Lair. This next edition of the “Shark Tank”-style competition will take place August 16 in Austin, Texas. In August 2020, the XVIII Airborne Corps, known as America’s Contingency Corps, developed Dragon’s Lair as a way to give soldiers of any rank across the corps a platform to convey their innovative ideas and concepts to civilian technical experts and senior military leaders. This new partnership with AFC will now bring ideas to the forefront of the Army’s premier institution, which is charged with modernizing the Army and its future readiness at a faster rate. After five successful iterations of the program, the XVIII Airborne Corps realized that Dragon’s Lair could go beyond the Army’s reach and decided to open it up to all military service members across the Defense Department to seek more innovators and diversity of ideas across the joint force.

The partnership with AFC brings an opportunity to unlock new ideas for the advancement of the U.S. military. In the past, Dragon’s Lair has taken the previously unsought ideas of a cooling apparatus for body armor, an algorithm to predict a building’s layout, an app for the exceptional family member program, and an armored vehicle safety system, and it has elevated them to the next level for the betterment service members. DOD service members can submit their innovative ideas on the Dragon Innovation website. https://unum.nsin.us/xviii-airborne Users must create an account, which does not require a Common Access Card and is available from civilian systems. All concepts must have a description of the innovation and the problem being addressed. Ideas must be submitted to the site by July 24, 2022, to be eligible for consideration for Dragon’s Lair 7.

Photo By: Army Sgt. Marygian Barnes

Army 1st Lt. Mahdi Al-Husseini, assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, pitches his presentation on artificial intelligence pilot performance feedback at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 27, 2021. Al-Husseini was one of seven soldiers taking part in Dragon’s Lair 5. The program was established in October 2020 to help increase innovation across the XVIII Airborne Corps.


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Employment Focused Workshops to Help You Reach Your Goals Author: Tim Winter, Director, Transition Assistance Program, Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Perhaps you’re trudging back and forth to the same office or signing on for a day of work in a job that shows no sign of changing or improving: the long hours, the ongoing meetings, the lack of fulfillment. The job itself is mind-numbing; your talents forgotten and the potential you had in abundance when you first transitioned out of the military feels like it has been sucked out of you. If you’re reading this and thinking, yeah, that is me, then the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS) has just the thing for you. DOL VETS has a new pilot program to help veterans, veterans currently serving in the National Guard and Reserve, and their spouses to take control of their careers. The Off-Base Transition Training (OBTT) pilot program consists of ten two-hour workshops designed to help you to prepare to meet your employment goals. These no-cost workshops, both in-person and virtual offerings, will fit any schedule and can give you an advantage over your civilian counterparts.

The Workshops Your Next Move: Your Next Move is designed to help anyone unsure of what they want to do next with their career. This workshop explores interest profiling, skills matching and general labor market information. It is designed to introduce the basic tools needed for career exploration and identification of high-demand occupations. 32

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Marketing Yourself and Other Job Search Tactics: Marketing Yourself and Other Job Search Tactics explains how essential it is to present skills, knowledge and abilities that meet the employer’s needs. This workshop provides proven tactics to help job seekers get noticed and hired. Understanding Resume Essentials: Understanding Resume Essentials explains the importance of a wellstructured resume that highlights relevant skills and experience to potential employers. This workshop covers the elements of a resume and provides job seekers with techniques to create an effective document that employers will notice. Creating Your Resume – Writing Workshop: Creating Your Resume – Writing Workshop builds on the Understanding Resume Essentials. During this workshop attendees will have time to craft an initial resume or revise a current one. Interview Skills (virtual only): Interview Skills aims to provide attendees with the tools and confidence they need to ace a job interview. Learning how to prepare for an interview and practice answering questions will give attendees an advantage in landing a job. During this workshop, interview basics, potential questions and interview techniques are presented. Federal Hiring (virtual only): Federal Hiring covers the basics of gaining federal employment. Veterans have a distinct advantage when applying for federal positions with veterans’ preference. During this workshop, the basics of civil service, USAJobs, special hiring authorities and other resources for attendees’ federal job search are discussed.

LinkedIn Profiles (virtual only): This workshop walks attendees through how to create a compelling LinkedIn profile that can be used to build a professional brand and highlight experience. LinkedIn Job Search (virtual only): This workshop explains how to proactively use LinkedIn for job searches and pulls back the curtain to show how recruiters use LinkedIn to find potential employees, which you can use in your employment opportunities. Salary Negotiations (virtual only): Salary Negotiations explores the tools and techniques to handle salary negotiations. This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of salary negotiation and walks attendees through how to conduct salary research to position yourself effectively during negotiation.

Employment Rights (virtual only): Employment Rights cover basic employment protections as well as those protections specific to veterans. It provides essential information on the American Disabilities Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act. Information on reasonable accommodations and selfadvocacy will also be presented. Thinking about changing careers? It’s time to find your passion and make that your priority. OBTT will help you reach your employment and career goals. You served, you earned it; find your next victory with OBTT. Explore and register for OBTT in-person or virtual workshops online at: www.dol.gov/obttworkshops

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HUMAN RESOURCES Transition to Business By Paul Falcone

Fostering Independence and Autonomy at Work Independence, agility, and change management skills are likely the most cherished worker competencies in today’s workplace. The need is clear: we’re experiencing evolutionary change at revolutionary speed and being able to adapt to shifting demands and pivot in light of your organization’s changing needs is more critical than ever. How do you build those skills and abilities for the teams you lead and for yourself? First, understand that inertia is real, and it often shows itself in the form of fierce resistance to change. That’s just the way many of us are wired: we naturally get comfortable with the way we do things, especially if they’re repetitive in nature. But in the business world today, agility and flexibility are the coin of the realm. So, if you or a member of your team recognizes that you’re resisting change at every turn, consider changing your perspective just a bit, both for your organization’s sake and for the benefit of your own career and professional development. Second, goal setting can help. Goals may be set annually and measured at the time of the annual performance review. But in reality, things change too


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quickly to simply set annual benchmarks for yourself or for your team. Quarterly one-on-one touch-base meetings with your boss or staff members are a more practical way to carve out some quiet time to truly listen to where the other person is coming from. Ask questions of your staff members like, what can I do from a mentoring and coaching standpoint to help you excel in your career? How are you progressing toward your professional development goals, and do we need to pivot in light of supply delays, changed priorities, or upcoming deadlines? What would you change about our way of operating or communicating that you feel would provide the biggest bang for our buck? Would you be willing to take the lead in making that change happen? Third, you can use delegation as a skill to both lighten your workload and develop your team’s leadership and performance muscle, but delegation has to be done right. Don’t delegate the repetitive work that’s necessary but lacks value; instead, delegate what you’re good at and that’s meaningful. Provide “stretch” assignments to those under your care to help them build career muscle in new areas. For example, if you’re great at public speaking,

delegate the next presentation coming your way to a member of your team who may shy away from public appearances. Use the delegation assignment as the glue to build trust and to celebrate success. Delegation can likewise focus on technical, analytical, or managerial skills. When delegating, ask questions like these to keep the exercise on course: What exactly are your expectations in overseeing this project? What’s your initial plan of attack in assuming responsibility for your new project? What parameters or boundaries would you place on this project in terms of your availability and time commitments, and how often would you plan on keeping me informed with status updates? Finally, what are the measurable outcomes and benchmarks so that you’ll know you’ve achieved success?


Most workers have an innate need to feel like they’re thriving, that they’re achieving results that they can call their own. Whether they’re leaders or independent contributors, project management exercises based on delegation go a long way in fostering an achievement mentality and a sense of self-confidence that builds autonomy and independence. Look for opportunities to assume greater responsibilities. Manage your career purposefully and create a foundation of trust and mutual respect with your team members. You’ll likely find that people will exceed your expectations when given a chance to shine, and you’ll enhance your own reputation as a people and team developer. You can connect with Paul on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/paulfalcone1 Paul Falcone (www.PaulFalconeHR.com) is a leadership consultant, trainer, and bestselling author on hiring, performance management, and leadership development.


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Successful Transitioning Stories By Dr. Julie Ducharme www.synergylearninginstitute.org

I have had the opportunity this year to work with Niurka Castaneda during our She Talks speaking tour and listen to her story, love for our country, her militaryservice, and her new business ventures as a transitioning veteran. It is inspiring and I just had to share her journey. Niurka is a single mom a Vetpreneur, a worldtraveler and a TV host, author, and course creator. “I grew up in Cuba and came from a family of entrepreneurs and artists. My grandfather was a poet, my parents are Cuban entrepreneurs. They were very resourceful people, and therefore I believe I have been so enterprising and artistic”.

Start preparing early for your transition: • Put your finances in order, save enough money to live comfortable for at least 6 months, payout any debts you have. • Clean your credit and raise your credit score. • Invest in your future by using your BAH to secure real estate during your service time and build up your equity. • Renew or obtain a security clearance before transitioning out. • Have full copies of your medical records, dd214, awards, etc. you will need them. • Translate your military skills and job duties to create a resume. Mentality

“I felt the call to serve my new home a year after arriving to the U.S. I joined the Army to serve this great country for the next 20 plus years. The miliary offered me many new experiences and I learned skills like resilience, flexibility, self-motivation, determination, self-discipline, goal setting and risk tolerances”.

• Stay humble, keep an open mind, listen, learn, adjust as necessary, and take advantage of every opportunity to drive on.

“Entrepreneurship was my way to find a new identity after transitioning from military and I did this by building a product and brand out of a heart shaped bright red umbrella. It was a defining moment for me because it showed me, I wasn’t limited to just being a veteran, yes, I was a veteran but so much more. I also learned it does take a village to build a business from the ground up and you cannot build it on an island by yourself. I learned to grow and be successful, I must have the right environment and be surrounded by the right people to bring out the best in me”.

• When you apply for a job or network, don’t sell your military rank. Sell your skills and the impact that you have made during your service.

“As a female veteran entrepreneur, I realized that my story could help others that are facing the same kinds of issues. Because I understand the difficulty of transitioning out of the military as a female, I share my story on so many venues like my podcast and TV series to help others who might be going through the same struggles I did. Here are some of the tips that really helped me successfully transition”:


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• Wherever you choose to transition to a job or into a business, networking is key. Remember, it’s not what you know, or where you have been; it’s who you know, so keep expanding your network.

• Leverage your GI-Bill benefits to explore a career you want to work or as another tool to build up your business, don’t use it as another paycheck, to just get by. • Choose the classes that are interesting and useful for your end goal • Choose professors that really care to teach and that have theprofessional experience to talk about the topic they are teaching. To get education from Dr. Tiffany click link below https://drtiffanytajiri.com/meet-dr-tiffany/ To watch the Dr. Tiffany live interview click the link below https://youtu.be/oeWm4Oa3keA For more help on active duty transition, education, and more click the link below www.synergylearninginstitute.org

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BUSINESS FOR VETERANS By Barbara Eldridge www.mindmasters.com

How Can Planning Enhance Your Freedom to Succeed? It is mid-year, when was the last time you looked at your business plan? Or have you, like many other small business owners who created a business plan only to let it gather dust on a shelf? Experts believe that a business plan is a useful management tool that should be referred to on an ongoing basis. For that reason, it’s best to update it regularly. A good business plan is much more than just a plan, according to Tim Berry, the author of Lean Business Planning and founder of Palo Alto Software. Done right, it can be an ongoing management process. The business plan is more than a tool because it creates the freedom to direct your business, freedom to decide how much you want to earn, freedom to set your own hours, freedom to be in control. Planning helps you run the business better so you build an asset that will generate the greatest ROI should you choose to sell your business someday and creates the order and structure that will produce your intended product or service. Trouble is, small business owners are busy, and it’s not easy to find the time to update a business plan. That should not be a problem, according to Berry. “You don’t need a big, formal business plan like we did decades ago,” he explains. Instead focus your planning on the 4 major areas of the business, management, marketing, financial and leadership (personal/personnel). You will be able to better focus, review and update these areas at least once a month. A monthly review makes it possible to look at the difference between what you planned for and what’s actually happening. Your business plan provides a dashboard for making changes when the unexpected happens. “A business plan is not just a map. It’s also the GPS that shows you where you are on the map—and the real-time information about what has changed,” Berry explains. “It’s like having the map, weather and traffic.” 38

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“A business plan is not just a map. It’s also the GPS that shows you where you are on the map—and the real-time information about what has changed” It’s mid-year. This should be a time when you review your market and the competition, and then evaluate what’s changing. Your business plan areas should include key strategies, tactics, concrete milestones and essential numbers (projected sales, spending and cash flow). Adding a lot of text isn’t necessary unless you’re pitching to the bank. Instead, think of your business plan as an internal management tool for you, the small business owner. Finally, a strong business plan that you refer to at least monthly helps you stay on track. “It’s easy to get lost in the daily details of running a business. You’re always looking down at the next step,” Berry explained. “But sometimes you need to look up at the horizon. A good business plan can help you do that.” Don’t ignore your business plan. Use it as a flexible tool to help you stay focused and map out your business success. Barbara Eldridge has built a solid reputation as a Success strategies specialist, within industry and business over the past 40 years. Her unique message, since starting Mind Masters 30 years ago for entrepreneurs and small business owners, continually stresses vision, purpose and values as the key elements of business philosophy. www.mindmasters.com

How Service Dogs Can Help Veterans Reach the Peak of Independence A discharge date should be the signal of promise and opportunity in a hero’s life. However, for some, this date could be the beginning of an invisible war known as PTSD. At Guide Dogs of America | Tender Loving Canines, our service dogs for veterans are customtrained to help wounded warriors gain independence and reintegrate into their families and society. Luis, a graduate from our veterans’ program, achieved a significant milestone because of his service dog, Shield. “For some reason, hiking has been something I stopped doing due to the ever-growing lack of solitude and the large groups of people,” he said. Even though it made him uncomfortable, Luis knew he and Shield could conquer a hike with some perseverance and teamwork. The COVID-19 pandemic left his neighborhood streets lonely and quiet — a silver lining of opportunity to work on being outside with no one around. Eventually, their walks progressed and the trust Luis put into Shield prepared them for the milestone ahead. “With plenty of snacks, treats, and water, we made our way to the top of Iron Mountain and spent a few hours at the peak,” Luis said. “As a team, we continue to break barriers I couldn’t have done alone. We are always growing together.” Our service dogs for veterans are provided at no cost to the recipients across the U.S. and Canada. They become trusted companions and help their partners gain greater confidence, mobility and independence.

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Straight-forward legal tips for Military and Veteran Business Owners By Kelly Bagla, Esq.


FTC ADVERTISING RULES Under the FTC, the following general advertising rules must be followed: • Ads must be truthful and non-deceptive • Businesses must have evidence to back up their claims

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ADVERTISING KNOW THE RULES! Award-winning attorney, Kelly Bagla shows you how to avoid legal pitfalls FROM DAY ONE! The last thing an entrepreneur wants is to spend valuable time and resources on legal issues, which is why they often drop to the bottom of the pile. But this can be a COSTLY MISTAKE—and Go Legal Yourself is here to make sure it’s one you avoid. • Gather the right documentation • Protect your brand • Avoid expensive legal pitfalls • Plan and manage growth competatively Rest assured that no nasty legal surprises will stand between you and your success.

www.GoLegalYourself.com As we celebrate the birthday of America (Happy Get your copy at amazon today! Birthday America!), we will all be inundated with sales advertisements and as a business owner, you’ll also want to send out your own advertisements for your products or services for July 4th. Whether your business is a mom and pop operation or has a multistate presence, it is important to be familiar with the applicate state and federal advertising laws.

ADVERTISING RULES The advertising rules that dictate what businesses can and cannot say in ads come from applicable state and federal laws. Typically, these laws focus on truth in advertising, deceptive advertising practices, and unfair advertising. State and federal laws aim to prohibit these advertising practices, require businesses to be truthful about their products or services, and to substantiate claims that they make in advertisements. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces advertising laws at the federal level, and every state also has a consumer protection agency which enforces state advertising laws. Additionally, the state attorney general has the power to litigate against companies whose advertising harms citizens within their jurisdiction. 42

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• Ads cannot be unfair, meaning the advertisement cannot cause substantial injury to consumers that consumers cannot reasonably avoid. For example, ads cannot make claims about health benefits that will lead reasonable consumers to buying a product, who only find out later that the product is actually harmful. STATE LAW As mentioned, each state also has its own set of consumer protection laws which protect consumers against unfair competition and deceptive advertising practices. Whereas under federal law consumers have very limited rights to sue, under state laws, consumers typically have more power to privately sue companies for false or deceptive advertising. For example, it you own a business and you believe a competitor is using a deceptive ad that could lead consumers to falsely believe that the product they are selling is actually coming from your company, you have several options. You could report the ad to the FTC and they could deal with it, you could sue under the Lanham Act, whether for false advertising or trademark infringement, or both, or you could sue under your state’s unfair competition laws. DECEPTIVE PRICING All bargain ads tout extra low sale prices and this is of course allowed. Just be certain that the sale price is actually a lower price than the regular price of the item. If you are selling a shirt on sale for $50, it had better be the sale price and not the regular price. Making up a fictitious regular price in order to say you have lower sales prices is deceptive and you risk not only being sued but losing the faith of your customers. Additionally, do not advertise that something is “free” unless it really is free. If a customer has to pay for any additional service to obtain the free item, state this fact clearly in the advertisement. Advertising that something is free but then charging customers more for regularly priced items in order to collect the free item is deceptive and illegal.

BAIT AND SWITCH Related to deceptive pricing is the classic bait and switch, where an advertiser lures customers into the store with an offer but does so with no intention or desire to sell that item at that price. All advertisements must be part of a bona fide effort to sell the advertised product. Consumers are very smart so do not insult their intelligence by trying to sell them a substandard product rather than the one advertised.

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YOUR COMPETITION Mentioning your competition in an advertisement in order to compare the products is fine. However, when you make claims about a competitor that has not or cannot be proven, you crossover into dangerous grounds. Your competitor may be able to sue under a variety of federal and state laws. TESTIMONIALS AND ENDORSEMENTS Whether you use celebrity endorsements or testimonials of regular customers, make sure that what they are saying is true. Unless the endorser is a celebrity or expert, it you are paying an endorser, it must be disclosed. Additionally, when using a testimonial of a normal user of your products, when showing the product’s use, it must be during the normal use of the product. If you have retouched an important part of a photo or the product is being used in any other manner than its normal intended use, it must be disclosed POLICY OF TRUTH Telling the truth is the simplest rule. Slight exaggerations and boasting are expected and for the most part allowed in advertisements, but do not get too tricky with your wording or rely on technicalities to remain truthful. While an element of exaggeration in advertising typically comes with the territory, you must make sure that your claims are not factually false or otherwise unsubstantiated. Happy Advertising! Becoming a business owner, you control your own destiny, choose the people you work with, reap big rewards, challenge yourself, give back to the community, and you get to follow your passion. Knowing what you’re getting into is smart business because the responsibility of protecting your family and yourself falls on you. For more information on how to legally start and grow your business please visit my website at www.golegalyourself.com

Disclaimer: This information is made available by Bagla Law Firm, APC for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and a general understanding of the law, and not to provide specific legal advice. This information should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

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Gather the right documentation Protect your brand Avoid expensive legal pitfalls Plan and manage growth competatively

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Foods Good for the Body = Foods Good for the Soul

reducing inflammation, metabolizing cortisol, and relaxing the body and mind:

By: Joseph Molina National Veterans Chamber of Commerce veteransccsd@gmail.com

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FEEL BETTER FOODS If you’re trying to lower your stress levels, you probably already know to start with the basics: self-care, better sleep, exercise, etc. But did you know that some foods lower stress levels, too? Dietitian Courtney Barth, MS, RDN, LD, CPT, explains how certain foods can help reduce levels of cortisol — the primary hormone responsible for stress. The Role of Cortisol Cortisol plays several roles in the body, including: • Regulating sleep cycles • Reducing inflammation

• Avocados • Broccoli • Dark chocolate • Pumpkin seeds • Spinach Gut-Healthy Foods Seventy to 80 percent of our immune system is reliant on our gut, so if we correct our gut, we correct a lot of our immunity. These probiotic-rich and fermented foods can help balance blood sugar and reduce cholesterol, like Greek yogurt, for example. In contrast, some foods raise cortisol levels, causing stress on the body. They include foods like alcohol, foods high in sugar and foods with simple carbs.

• Increasing blood sugar

Weight Loss: Follow a Diet or Change a Lifestyle?

• Managing how the body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins

Losing weight is on the minds of many people. It seems that there are thousands of opinions, diets, and recommendations out there. Well, here is a “summary” of what I found. One study found that some foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and yogurt, related to weight loss. In the same study, potato chips, sugary beverages, red meats, and processed meats were associated with weight gain.

• Controlling blood pressure Notably, cortisol is sometimes known as the “stress hormone” because your adrenal gland releases it when you’re in a stressful situation or when your body is under physical stress. It’s the key to helping your body manage its fight-or-flight instinct — which is a good thing. “Cortisol is healthy for a short period of time as a protective mechanism,” Barth says. “It gives your body the energy you need to respond to a short-term stressful scenario.” In the long-term, though, too much cortisol actually creates stress in your body, leading to more inflammation and increasing your blood pressure — essentially, the opposite of all the good things it does for you in short-term scenarios. I found this video from Dr. Berg that explains it better and in more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii_OWTqn1rw Foods that Reduce Stress Levels One good way to lower cortisol in the body is to focus on an anti-inflammatory diet, which means fewer processed foods and more whole foods. The goal is to eat foods that reduce inflammation in your body, thus reducing cortisol levels. Magnesium-Rich Foods Magnesium is greatly beneficial when it comes to 44

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I found the topic of the Keto diet and Intermittent Fasting (IF) from Dr. Berg (LINK) — again, I found this to be informational and helpful in maintaining a well-balanced eating lifestyle. I hope you enjoy the information. Summary: I hope you found the information useful, and of course, there is plenty more out there to learn and research. Let me know if you find something that will be useful to share with the Veteran Community. Nominate a Hero: The National Veterans Chamber Radio Show • Would you like to Nominate a Hero? Let us know, and we will announce it on the show. • Would you like to share your story? Then, be our guest on the show — here is the REQUEST FORM. www.vccsd.org/radioshow.html • If you have any ideas or a project that you would like to develop in collaboration with the National Veterans Chamber, send your ideas to: veteransccsd@gmail.com




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Legally Speaking Military Focused Family Law Facts By Tana Landau, Esq.

What Questions Should I Ask Before Hiring an Attorney?

3. What is the retainer you charge ad how does billing work? You will want to know what the initial retainer is and

No one anticipates a divorce when they get married. To death do us part. But the reality is many marriages fail for several different reasons. If you have made the decision to file for divorce and regain your independence, you likely will find yourself in need of an experienced attorney to help you through the process and assist in custody and visitation, support, or division of marital property issues. But how do you choose the right attorney for you?

what it covers. Make sure that you ask what the billable rates are for the attorneys working on your matter as well as any paralegal or support staff. They often bill at different rates based on position or experience. Another question to consider is whether or at what point the firm would require a replenishment of that retainer. You also want to consider how a firm bill. Some attorneys bill in 6-minute increments while others bill in quarter hour increments. Additionally, some attorneys or firms bill for each phone call, email or letter, with a minimum charge.

At your initial consultation, there are several important questions to ask.

4. Do you handle military cases?

1. Does the firm specialize in family law? It is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in family law. There are several firms that practice in many areas of law versus firms that focus only on one area. A firm that only handles family law matters may not only have more experienced attorneys to handle your divorce, but also may be more known within the family law community. As such, they may have relationships established with other family law attorneys which could aid in settling any disputed issues in your case. 2. How many years have you been practicing? It is important to know how long an attorney you are considering hiring has been practicing family law. This will help you decide which attorney has more experience which can be very important if your divorce involves high conflict issues or if you have a high asset case.


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It is not only important to hire an attorney that specializes in family law, but also one that has experience with military family law matters if you are active duty military. Military family law cases have unique issues that require a specialized knowledge of both state laws and federal laws, including but not limited to jurisdictional issues, military retirement division, child custody and deployment.

5. What is your experience with cases similar to mine? Even if you are not military, not all family law cases are alike, and hiring someone who has experience with your type of case is important. Working with a family law attorney who has helped clients in similar situations, whether your case involves a restraining order, custody issues or support issues etc. will provide you with the skilled legal services you need. Inquiring as to the attorney’s experience with similar cases will help you decide if the attorney you are hiring is a good fit.

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6. Who will be working on my case and how involved will you be? Most family law attorneys have a team of people to assist on a matter which can include various paralegals and other associate attorneys. If you are seeking to hire a specific attorney based on reputation or referral, you will want to ask how involved they will be and who else will be assisting on your case, including the experience of other attorneys that may work on your matter. 7. How do you prefer to communicate with clients? It is important to know in advance how an attorney handles communications. You want to make sure you are comfortable with their method of communication before hiring a family law attorney. Be sure to hire a family law attorney who communicates in a way that aligns with your preferences. Do they prefer to meet in person or on zoom? Do they have a preferred form of communication, like email or telephone calls? What are their policies and procedures for response times to emails and phone calls? One of the biggest complaints I hear from client about prior attorneys is that they were too non-responsive. 8. How familiar are you with the judges? If you cannot settle your matter and your divorce is litigated, you want an attorney that is not only comfortable taking your case to trial but who is also familiar with the local judges. This type of experience can help provide insight as to what issues you are likely to succeed on in court and possible outcomes should an issue be litigated at a hearing. It can also help decide those matter that you should seek to settle.

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Military and law enforcement have had a longstanding relationship with overlaps in training exercises, equipment, and, most important, personnel. It is not uncommon for a service member to make the jump from the military to law enforcement as both professions look for the same characteristics; leadership, fidelity, chain of command, and teamwork are all common themes in both professions. Quite understandably, many American military veterans often gravitate to a career in law enforcement when the time comes to rejoin the civilian workforce.


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The two professions have many fundamental similarities; from the uniforms they wear with pride, to the firm command structure they serve under, to great personal risk they endure while protecting those who cannot protect themselves. The following agencies are actively hiring & proudly support our veterans, active military and the families that keep together.

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INSIDE THE MONTHLY COLUMNS Homeland Magazine features monthly columns & articles on topics of interest for today’s veterans, transitioning military personnel, active military, and the families that keep it together. • Real Talk: Mental Health • A Different LENS Mental Health Monthly • Arts & Healing Arts for Military Veterans

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• What’s Next Transition to Civilian Life • Human Resources Transition to Business • Business for Veterans • Legal Eagle Legal Business Tips • Legally Speaking Military Family Focused Law • National Veterans Chamber of Commerce

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---------------------------------------------------------------Real Talk: Mental Health By Outreach and Clinical experts from the Cohen Clinic at VVSD Deployment, transition, reintegration – as a veteran, service member or military family member, you’ve likely had to face all three. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD, part of Cohen Veterans Network, provides high-quality, evidence-based mental health care to the military community. Our Mental Health Column provides advice on various topics related to these challenges.

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A Different LENS Mental Health Monthly By Randee McLain, LCSW A Different Lens reflects on RanDee’s personal experiences as former law enforcement, Veteran, military spouse, and clinician. A Different Lens explores all things mental health related and the struggles our veterans and their families may face.

Connect with Randee at www.linkedin.com/in/randee-mclain-lcsw-8335a493 -------------------------------------------------------------Arts & Healing

Arts for Military Veterans By Amber Robinson Arts & Healing is a reflection of Amber’s personal experiences in healing through the arts as a disabled combat veteran as well as a reflection of our San Diego veteran artists and how they are using art to transform and heal, too.

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What’s Next


Transition to Civilian Life By Eve Nasby & Kristin Hennessy

Legal tips for Military and Veteran Business Owners By Kelly Bagla, Esq.

Transitioning from the military into the civilian work world can be anxiety-producing, depressing, and demoralizing without being prepped with the right mindset and tools for success. What’s Next shares stories, insights, tips, and resources from those who have transitioned, so those in the process (or thinking of starting the process) are armed and ready to find rewarding opportunities, ace the interview, and embark on a successful career journey.

Business Formation and Asset Protection Expertise. An all-inclusive comprehensive overview, of common expensive pitfalls business owners are subjected to, that YOU need to know about. Asset protection musthaves and unparalleled guidance through the Shark infested waters of Business Formation. Kelly Bagla, Esq. is an international award-winning corporate attorney who has been in the business of turning passion projects into profits for more than two decades. Trust an Expert.

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Transition to Business By Paul Falcone

National Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Moving from the military into the private sector isn’t going to be seamless. The transition process can be difficult, particularly because the job search, interview, and onboarding processes are relatively new territory for many veterans. The HR Column offers a unique perspective on hot topics and relevant issues in corporate leadership and management today.

You can connect with Paul at www.linkedin.com/in/paulfalcone1 or via his website at www.PaulFalconeHR.com ----------------------------------------------------------------

By Joseph Molina The National Veterans Chamber (NVCC) helps connect Military/Veterans Community by housing organizations that serve the Veteran Community. We write about Entrepreneurship, Employment, Education, Wellness, Family and Faith. The NVCC was founded in 2017 with the simple goal of Empowering Individuals and Organizations that offer programs that will have a positive impact on the Veteran Community.

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The Business for Veterans column is by Barbara Eldridge who has built a solid reputation as a Success strategies specialist, within industry and business over the past 40 years. Her unique message, since starting Mind Masters 30 years ago for entrepreneurs and small business owners, continually stresses vision, purpose and values as the key elements of business philosophy.

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• IT Support Technician

• Online & In-person Hybrid Classes

• Network Administrator

• Small Class Size

• Network Analyst

• Hands-on Training

• Systems Administrator

• Lifelong Job Placement and Career

The median IT job salary in the US was about $88,000 last year.



WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / JULY 2022

WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / JULY 2022




WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / JULY 2022

Articles inside

Inside the Monthly Columns article cover image

Inside the Monthly Columns

pages 56-60
Careers in Law Enforcement article cover image

Careers in Law Enforcement

pages 50-55
National Veterans Chamber of Commerce article cover image

National Veterans Chamber of Commerce

pages 44-45
Legal Eagle: Rules for Business article cover image

Legal Eagle: Rules for Business

pages 42-43
Business for Veterans: Freedom article cover image

Business for Veterans: Freedom

page 38
What’s Next: Transitioning Mach 10 article cover image

What’s Next: Transitioning Mach 10

pages 28-29
Off-Base Transition Training article cover image

Off-Base Transition Training

pages 32-33
Army Invites Innovators article cover image

Army Invites Innovators

pages 30-31
Successful Transitioning Stories article cover image

Successful Transitioning Stories

pages 36-37
Make July your Month of Independence article cover image

Make July your Month of Independence

pages 26-27
Caregiving TLC: Treasured Holiday article cover image

Caregiving TLC: Treasured Holiday

pages 22-23
Forget Me Not article cover image

Forget Me Not

pages 8-9
Warrior Picks up the Beat article cover image

Warrior Picks up the Beat

pages 19-21
A Life Recovered: The Comeback article cover image

A Life Recovered: The Comeback

pages 24-25
Korean War Legacy article cover image

Korean War Legacy

pages 14-15
Independence Day article cover image

Independence Day

page 7
Throwback: Mental Independence article cover image

Throwback: Mental Independence

pages 10-13
Real Talk: PSC Season article cover image

Real Talk: PSC Season

pages 16-18
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