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Vol. 7 Number 9 • SEPTEMBER 2019





Learning to Live Again Through Adaptive Sports

Normandy Jump 2019 Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Veteran Programs

CYBERSECURITY Protect Yourself

WHAT’S NEXT Transitioning to Civilian Life

Careers In Law Enforcement

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Jeff Edwards 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Sheriff’s Deputy SWAT-Team Marksman

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Host this National Memorial in your Community

Please contact us to add a Fallen loved one, host the memorial, or make a donation at: info@RememberingOurFallen.org

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Tribute Towers

Remembering Our Fallen is a national memorial unlike any other -with military & personal photos of 5,000 military Fallen since 9/11/2001

“If the purpose of a war memorial is to help us remember the sacrifices of the Heroes, and to help us heal from our sorrow, then your mission has been accomplished. Thank you for this tremendous gift.”

Unveiled at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2017, it has since traveled the nation coastto-coast.

- 1LT Daniel P. Riordan’s Mother

This memorial also includes those who returned from war, but lost their inner battle to suicide, and those who died from non-war zone injuries while serving in their military capacity.

“There is a ‘disconnect’ between those we ask to serve our military objectives and our society at large. This memorial made that connection very dramatically and helped us understand the magnitude of their sacrifices.

Please contact us to add a Fallen loved one, host the memorial, or make a donation at: info@RememberingOurFallen.org

- Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield, Iowa

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Publisher Editor-In-Chief Mike Miller mikemiller@HomelandMagazine.com

Contributing Writers Holly Shaffner Honor Flight

RanDee McLain, LCSW A Different Lens

Vicki Garcia

Enlisted to Entrepreneur

CJ Machado

Homeland Photojournalist

Kelly Bagla, Esq. Legal Eagle

Joe Molina Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Eve Nasby

What’s Next - Transition

Scott Hermann Cybersecurity

Collaborative Organizations

www.HomelandMagazine.com Greetings and a warm welcome to Homeland Magazine! Please take some time to get to know the layout of our magazine. The Magazine focuses on national resources, support, community, and inspiration for our veterans and the military families that keep it together. Our magazine is driven by passion, vision, reflection and the future. The content is the driving force behind our magazine and the connection it makes with our veterans, service members, military families, and civilians. The magazine is supported by a distinguishing list of national veteran organizations, resource centers, coalitions, veteran advocates, and more. We are honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful people. Homeland Magazine is a veterans magazine for veterans by veterans. We appreciate your support and are so happy to have you as a reader of Homeland Magazine.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 8 Centric Veteran Programs 10 The Great Navy Birds 11 In honor of those “left behind” 12 Remembering Our Fallen 14 Warriors Learning to Live Again 19 Normandy Jump 2019 23 Roy’s Run - Shelter to Soldier 25 A Different Lens - Mental Health 26 Enlisted to Entrepreneur 28 What’s Next - Transition 30 Resume Advice - VetCTAP 32 The Power of Positive Thinking 34 VANC - Back to School 36 Cybersecurity - Protect Yourself 38 Military Money - Funds 40 Legal Eagle - LLC or S-Corp 42 GI Film Festival 46 Liberty Station - Navy Base to Arts 53 Careers In Law Enforcement

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Recognizing CommunityCentric Veteran Programs By Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership September is an exciting time of year for our team at America’s Warrior Partnership as we host our annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium in Atlanta. A major focus of this event is sharing best practices on how to develop more proactive and holistic resource programs for veterans at the community level. In the spirit of sharing what veteran-serving organizations are doing well, I’d like to take a moment and recognize the outstanding work that our affiliates based throughout the country accomplish every day. Several veteran-serving organizations participate in our Community Integration service model, which launched in 2014 to provide organizations with a framework to develop and implement customized support programs for local veterans. Over the last five years, our affiliates have built impactful relationships with more than 50,000 veterans, families and caregivers. Their programs are also responsible for an estimated annual economic impact of more than $270 million within the communities they serve. We are excited to continue building on this success by renewing affiliate agreements with a number of our partners. These organizations include the Goodwill of Orange County’s Tierney Center for Veteran Services based out of Orange County, California; 90Works based out of Pensacola, Florida; and the Veteran’s One-stop Center of Western New York based in Buffalo, New York. The Tierney Center for Veteran Services is a comprehensive resource serving veterans and their families in the Orange County area of California. The center provides local veterans with a one-on-one navigator – often a fellow veteran – who walks each individual through their current situation to identify and connect with the best resources. Through August 2019, the center has connected with 10,032 warriors in Orange County and enrolled 84 percent of eligible local veterans into Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits. 90 Works is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people throughout the Panhandle of Florida overcome homelessness, poverty and family violence by becoming self-sufficient. The Panhandle Warrior Project, one of the organization’s five major service programs, has connectied with 8,288 warriors throughout the region and helped 476 local veterans access their VA Education Benefits, with 99 percent of recipients on track to graduate. 8

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The Veteran’s One-stop Center of WNY empowers veterans and their families to achieve economic success, housing stability, and emotional health and well-being through a wide range of holistic services. The center has engaged 9,940 warriors in the Buffalo area and enrolled 91 percent of eligible local veterans into VA Health Care. We are excited to continue working with these organizations alongside our other affiliates, including Upstate Warrior Solution – a nonprofit that connects veterans and their families to resources and opportunities in Greenville, South Carolina – and The Warrior Alliance – a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans and their families achieve fulfilling civilian lives in the metro Atlanta region of Georgia. I would also like to recognize our newest participant in Community Integration: a veteran-serving program in rural Apache County, Arizona, that is doing incredible work supporting veterans within the Navajo nation. I strongly encourage veterans living within the communities these organizations serve to learn more about their local service provider. These groups are a great place to find resources, whether you are looking for guidance in your post-military life, chances to connect with fellow veterans or to find opportunities to volunteer within your community. You can also tune into the conversations we have at this year’s Symposium by following #WarriorSymposium19 on social media. Thank you to all of the community organizations across the country that are dedicated to empowering veterans, their families and caregivers to achieve the quality of life they have earned through their service. About the Author Jim Lorraine is President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, a national nonprofit that empowers communities to empower veterans. The organization’s mission starts with connecting community groups with local veterans to understand their unique situations. With this knowledge in mind, America’s Warrior Partnership connects local groups with the appropriate resources to proactively and holistically support veterans at every stage of their lives. Learn more about the organization at www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.

Million Veteran Program (MVP) MVP is a national, voluntary research program funded entirely by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development. The goal of MVP is to partner with Veterans receiving their care in the VA Healthcare System to study how genes affect health. To do this, MVP will build one of the world’s largest medical databases by safely collecting blood samples and health information from one million Veteran volunteers. Data collected from MVP will be stored in a secure manner and will be coded for researchers so that they cannot directly identify you. Researchers will study diseases like diabetes and cancer, and military-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. For more information visit www.research.va.gov/mvp/veterans.cfm Contact MVP • For enrollment information call toll-free at: 866-441-6075. • Send us an email at vhacomvpnewsletter@va.gov.


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Why Veterans Are Joining MVP... ”I have always known someone in the family with Diabetes or Hypertension. I eagerly volunteered to participate in MVP so I can help medical researchers better understand how genes influence diseases. One blood draw is all it took...yet the potential to contribute to scientific discoveries is enormous!” Priscilla Bryant • U.S. Army 1974 - 1994 • VA Palo Alto Health Care System

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The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan: The True Story of the Privateers of Lake Michigan and the Aircraft They Rescued By, CJ Machado Over the past thirty-five years, a small team of explorers have surveyed the southern basin of Lake Michigan in search of World War II US Navy aircraft. Veteran owned, A and T Recovery have located aircraft lost during mishaps that occurred during an almost forgotten naval project which had trained thousands of aircraft carrier pilots during WWII between the years of 1942 through 1945. The explorers became so proficient at locating and recovering the aircraft, the Director of the National Naval Aviation Museum engaged them in an effort to rescue dozens of aircraft for presentation to the American public. As a photojournalist for Homeland Magazine, I have had the privilege to meet and write about the incredible men and women who have served this great country. Former US Army Ranger, Taras C. Lyssenko is one of those incredible men. Taras is the Founder and General Manager of A and T Recovery. Through the years, the company has recovered approximately forty WWII aircraft that are displayed across the country for public presentation. Today, these wonderful machines, which had been used by the “Greatest Generation” to preserve the world’s freedom and liberty, are viewed by the general public. The displayed vintage aircraft touch the lives of millions of people each year. These aircraft are now able to provide learning experiences for the present and future generations for as long as there is a United States of America. While on assignment on the USS Hornet Museum, I was able to capture a beautifully restored Wildcat that A and T Recovery found and returned to the US Navy in 1994. It gives me great pleasure to know that those images are historically documented in The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan as a reminder of the importance of this great exploration and preservation. The trials, troubles and effort to achieve great success is almost always forgotten. This book tells the stories of how the exploration team succeeded through an odyssey within a realm no others have dared to enter. 10

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The book is not a telling of local history or the detailed study of aircraft. It is a micro study of American humanities. The theme centers around an objective to rescue, restore, and present once lost World War II U.S. Navy aircraft to the American and visiting world public. The task objective is of a historical nature. The book explains the entrepreneurship, the technological advancements, the federal and other government relations, the public relations, and the human interactions required to achieve great success. It is the story of the triumph of many people working together as a unified force (E pluribus unum) in order to overcome any and every obstacle presented along the way. “The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan is a fascinating insight into a team who seek to preserve and honor history and those who made it.” -Dave McDonald, Classic Wings




In honor of those ‘left behind’ Past National Commander Ron Hope marks his 50th Alive Day by paying tribute to those who never came home

Ron Hope, who served as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, celebrated his 50th Alive Day on July 15. Hope was elected DAV national commander in 2014, having dedicated his career to serving fellow veterans.

By Ashleigh Byrnes


f there’s one thing Past National Commander Ron Hope would go back in time and tell his 21-year-old self on July 15, 1969, it’s this: “Zig; don’t zag.” Fifty years ago, that zag changed his life in ways he could never have imagined. The Army veteran was piloting a helicopter in Vietnam, attempting to extract a company of soldiers they had dropped off several days prior, when the bird was shot down. “We started hearing a really loud noise in the aircraft and started losing rotor speed. Even putting full power back in and overriding the governor, we could not get it to stop,” Hope recalled. “So the aircraft came down really, really hard.” Hope’s left brachial plexus—the network of nerves that sends signals from the spinal cord to the arm and hand—had been totally crushed. He’d also broken both legs, suffered compound fractures in six vertebrae and had third-degree burns covering 55% of his body. “When I got to the burn center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to be going back into flying anytime soon,’ said Hope. Hope would ultimately lose his left arm at the shoulder, and it would be at least a year of rehab before he would be out of the hospital and able to start figuring out the next steps of his life. The Texas native enrolled at Tarleton State University,

earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. And in 1979, he began working for DAV as a national service officer—an experience he says changed his life. He recalls helping a World War II Navy veteran who had been discharged many years prior as an amputee with no guidance on how to access VA benefits. The man, a farmer, had been fashioning his own wooden prosthetic legs for nearly 40 years until meeting Hope, who helped him file his claim and got him seen at the nearby VA hospital. “It was one of the most fulfilling things I think I have ever done,” said Hope. “And that was the beginning of my lifelong commitment to DAV, for the simple fact that it’s what they did for veterans every day.” Hope spent nearly 40 years serving veterans through his career with DAV and was elected as national commander in 2014, giving him a chance to advocate for veterans on a much larger stage. Each year, on or around July 15, he hosts what he calls a “celebration of life” gathering to mark his Alive Day. The first, many years ago, was simply Hope sitting in his yard with a friend and fellow Army veteran, sharing a few drinks and memories. Fifty years later, the tradition lives on, a tribute to others as much as a reflection of his own gratitude. “I lost a lot of friends over there, and I lost a lot of me over there,” said Hope. “I met a lot of good people in Vietnam. And I try to remember all those we left behind.” ■

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Remembering Our Fallen 9/11 was a defining moment for many Americans who have served in The War on Terror, like Pearl Harbor was for those who served in World War II. Remembering Our Fallen is a war memorial that includes our nation’s military Fallen since 9/11/2001. It was inspired after reading an Omaha World-Herald article in September 2010 about Lonnie Ford, a Gold Star father, who felt that his son, SGT Joshua Ford, had been forgotten. Traditionally, our country must wait at least ten years from the end of a war to create a national memorial. With no end in sight, we wanted to do something. To help lessen the grief of the families of our nation’s Fallen and minimize their fears of their loved ones being forgotten, Remembering Our Fallen was created to: reassure families that their loved ones will not be forgotten; help others to remember and speak their names; educate Americans of the tremendous cost paid for our freedom. Thirty-two Tribute Towers include military and personal photos of over 5,000 Fallen. Included are several Tribute Towers to recognize those who died from non-combat deaths and those who struggled and lost the battle of PTSD. Prior to creating the national memorial, state-specific memorials for indoor display were completed and have continued to travel their respective states since 2011. Please visit www.RememberingOurFallen.org to Add a Fallen Hero; View the Photo Gallery; Bring Remembering Our Fallen to your Community; or to make a Donation to support additional Tribute Towers and the Tour. Gold Star family members have said, “I’ll probably cry at the sound of his name, but if you don’t mention him, the tears will still come and I’ll fear he’s been forgotten.” We hope this memorial will help to alleviate this fear. Please contact us to add a Fallen loved one, host the memorial, or make a donation at: info@RememberingOurFallen.org


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Learning to Live Again Through Adaptive Sports By James Herrera Physical Health and Wellness Director, Wounded Warrior Project

As a slow-progressing eye disease threatened to upend Charles Miller’s life, he feared for his job and his ability to care for his young son as a single dad. “At the time, I thought I would not survive as a blind person,” Charles said. “Now I find myself living a better life than when I was sighted.” After 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, Charles began to gradually lose vision due to a disease that affects the retina – the light-sensitive lining of the eye. He remains independent with help from a guide dog, his use of technology, and adaptive sports. “Adaptive sports taught me to start living again,” Charles said. “It was almost like the old me had to die for me to learn to live again. “At adaptive sports events, I feel like I’m serving other warriors because I can talk directly to them about my experience – coming through the dark and finding purpose.” These days, you can call Charles a renaissance man. In his new life, Charles is a certified sailor who recently took friends out on a 32foot boat, a volunteer who helps blind children learn to kayak, and a seasoned adaptive sports athlete who brings home the gold. Along the way, support from the VA and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has changed the way this warrior tackles challenges.


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“I can’t do stuff like that.” Charles went through a rough period when his vision impairment cost him his career and caused a couple of car accidents. He turned to the VA for help finding a new path. “I started counseling through the VA, was referred to occupational and physical rehab, and met Katie Blunk,” Charles recalled about meeting his VA coach. “She changed my life when she introduced me to adaptive sports.” Charles hadn’t done any sports before his vision loss. When Katie suggested attending an adaptive sports clinic at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, Charles said, “I’m blind; I can’t do stuff like that.” Katie responded, “Let’s go.” “I ended up learning to play goalball. It blew me away that there are professional athletes who are blind and who give their time to teach us.”

Charles is one of many veterans around the country who are active in adaptive sports like Jiu Jitsu, rock climbing, goalball, wheelchair tennis, and other games that reignite the excitement of competitive and recreational sports. These veterans are finding new challenges and new purpose in adaptive sports. “What Wounded Warrior Project does so well is be supportive and encourage us to experience things,” Charles said. “It opens up a world that many of us thought was lost. “Recently, Wounded Warrior Project sponsored me to attend and compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Alaska,” Charles added. “I competed in five sports: bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard, disc golf, and boccia. “I won medals in all the sports, including a gold medal in boccia. If nine years ago somebody had told me that I was going to compete in sports as a blind man, I would not have thought that or believed them. I’ve been able to do that thanks to Wounded Warrior Project.” Charles regularly travels to attend adaptive sports events and do volunteer work. He relishes his ability to navigate airports and new cities on his own.

After a successful introduction to adaptive sports, Charles only had one response: “What else do you have for me?”

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“Over the course of the last nine years, adaptive sports really changed my life,” Charles said. “I’m more confident in my life now that I’ve ever been.” His VA coach recognized his ability to be independent and continued to introduce him to new sports. Eventually, she led him to WWP’s adaptive sports offerings, and his abilities continued to expand. “I’ve done things since going blind that I never thought I’d do when I had sight.” “What else do you have for me?” At a recent WWP adaptive sports clinic, Charles expected a brief exchange with a Jiu Jitsu sparring partner he could not see, but who sounded younger and stronger. Instead, he pinned his opponent down on the mat and subdued him.

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empower them to reduce stress, combat depression, and live an overall healthy and active lifestyle. In 2011, James served as the national team coach for USA Cycling BMX and was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s coach of the year for cycling. He later coached at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. James is active in a variety of cycling disciplines, skydiving, ultra-trail running, Olympic weightlifting, surfing, and rock and ice climbing.

Recently, he helped the VA test a device that allows visually impaired veterans to travel with a remote guide of sorts: a livestream camera and earpiece connected to a narrator who tells him what’s in front of him. His experience with this technology is pioneering new ways for veterans to navigate their environments and gain independence. “I’m so passionate about blind veterans gaining independence because of how far I’ve come,” Charles said. Despite traveling a long road in the dark, this warrior has learned to shine his own light in the darkness – and is lighting the way for other veterans. Learn more about WWP’s adaptive sports activities and wellness for warriors and caregivers at https://wwp.news/WWP. 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. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), top rated by Charity Navigator, and holding a GuideStar Platinum rating. To get involved and learn how WWP connects, serves, and empowers, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us

About the Author James Herrera is Physical Health and Wellness Director for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). He is an exercise physiologist and professional coach who helps drive the organization’s Soldier Ride®, adaptive sports, and health and wellness programs. These programs connect warriors with training, skills, and techniques that 16

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About WWP Adaptive Sports Wounded warriors have access to free adaptive sports events throughout the country – through WWP as well as collaborations with the VA and other veterans service organizations. After each WWP adaptive sports clinic, warriors receive tools and assistance to continue improving their skills at home in their communities, where they can take part in competitions or join adaptive sports teams. Warriors can also participate in other WWP programs that help them gain independence and improve their physical and mental wellness. WWP staff meets warriors where they are on their journeys to recovery and helps them plan a path forward. Warriors never pay a penny for these services because they’ve paid their dues on the battlefield.


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Normandy Jump 2019 Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

As a photojournalist for Homeland Magazine & San Diego Veterans Magazine, through the years I’ve had the honor to meet and write about our veterans, giving reverence to our “Greatest Generation.” For it was these ordinary men that became extraordinary heroes and saved the world.

I was on assignment with Homeland/San Diego Veterans Magazine at the 2018 Planes Of Fame (POF) Air Show in Chino, CA. My objective was to interview and document the remaining WWII veterans at the “Veteran’s History Project” tent.

My name is CJ Machado, patriot to the flag and to those who fought to preserve it, to those who died to protect it.

Serendipitously, Normandy veteran, C-53D Skytrooper, D-Day Doll and the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT) re-created a WWII parachute drop. WWII medic, Ed “Doc” Pepping from the 101st Airborne Division, was one of the spectators. “Doc” Parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and worked alongside medics, Robert Wright and Willard Moore at the aid station set up in the 11th century church at Augoville-au-Plain. They saved close to a hundred lives, both soldiers and civilians alike, including wounded German soldiers.

CJ Machado & Colonel Tim Tarris, USAF, Retired This is a recount of how the largest living historical event of our lifetime, the 75th anniversary of D-Day was able to be documented on film. “Libertas” is the first in the three-part Normandy Jump 2019 documentary series. The film title was inspired by our nation’s Statue of Liberty. A gift from the people of France to the people of America in celebration of our unity and allegiance to democracy. “Libertas” is Latin for the word liberty and is the Roman goddess and personification of liberty.


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Ninety-six year-old Pepping was so impressed at ADT’s demonstration, he waited for the Team to return from Jump ops. Then “Doc” Pepping thanked every & Franky Ortega ADT member for remembering and honoring his service through their public presentation. According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, we are losing over three hundred WWII veterans every day. The time will come when none will remain and only their memories of dedicated service will be left for us to remember and pass on to the next generation.

Col. Steeley Maddie & Noah

While on assignment, it was ADT’s Chief of Staff, Colonel Raymond Steeley that recruited me to enroll and document their upcoming Jump School.

Having the responsibility of being a mother of twin sixteen-year-old girls, there was absolutely no way I was going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Especially with my fear of heights. It was the Colonel’s sweet, southern charm that did however convince me to document their upcoming Jump School. Now remember, I had no intention on participating in Jump Training until…I met the co-pilot of D-Day Doll, Tim Tarris, a retired Air Force Colonel. Tarris convinced me that Doll’s most challenging mission was yet to come. The Colonel explained that “Doll” was about to embark on a journey to commemorate one of the most significant days in our history… D-Day. Vintage aircraft from all over the world were meeting to drop hundreds of paratroopers and parachutists into Normandy, France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Well, that did it for me. A challenge and something meaningful to support. I committed to Jump School and I was motivated to earn my commemorative wings to experience and document the largest living historical event of our lifetime. That endeavor would require a film team that was well experienced in military projects, which led me to my film partner and Retired Navy Fighter pilot, Mark “Viz” Vizcarra, founder of Speed and Angels productions.

CJ Machado

Art & Shane Shaffer & CJ Machado

We both share the same passion for making films that honors those who’ve served. At the time, Viz had just completed “Thud Pilots,” a documentary about his father who flew the F-105 during Vietnam. The timing was perfect. Viz agreed to travel to Frederick, Oklahoma and shoot on location at an old Army airfield from WWII, home to the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team. Our Drill Instructor was Marine Corps veteran, Master Sergeant Jon Tehan. Being a Marine, he was already in my favor, “Whenever in need, call a Marine” has always held true with me. Tehan and the other instructors were determined to have us succeed. We reviewed the basic parts of a round canopy parachute and received an J. Tehan & R. Morris extensive overview of airborne operations. There were many students that could not complete the program. On our first day of jump ops, the only thing that calmed my fears was a picture I noticed that was taped onto the aircraft’s cabin wall. It was a picture of a WWII paratrooper. He couldn’t have been twenty years old. The picture was in memory of his service My fears were put on hold as I pondered the point of his existence almost seventy-five years ago. These young men had the weight of the world on their shoulders and the price of freedom was paid at the perilous risk of their souls.

Tom Rice & Nicolas Ancellin

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My thoughts were interrupted by the sound of our Jump Master yelling, “Six minutes.” Which was quickly followed by “Stand up…Hook up…Get--ready” and a thumbs up. Then the Jump Master yelled “GO!” …And out the door we went, engulfed into the uncertain atmosphere. The land approached quickly. I was frantic trying to find the drop zone arrow to guide myself in, but with a round canopy parachute, you are mostly at the mercy of the wind and your weight. I finally landed in a muddy mess about a foot deep and to my amazement, I was completely intact. It was terrifying. It was exhausting, but I made it. I made it! I completed the required five jumps in a round canopy parachute and “earned my commemorative wings” with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. In a lifetime of memories, I doubt any will exceed the honor of having my wings being pinned by Ninety-three year- old, “Battle of the Bulge” Vincent J. Speranza.

Vincent J. Speranza & CJ Machado

Speranza is famous for serving beer from his helmet to a wounded comrade in Bastogne. His legacy remains in the hearts of the people of Belgium and still to this day they serve “Airborne” Beer from a ceramic helmet in his honor.

Once our film team was back in San Diego, our primary goal was to interview the remaining WWII paratroopers that served on D-Day. Local Coronado resident, Tom Rice was an Honor Flight San Diego alumnus. They put me in touch with Tom’s guardian angel and good friend, Christophe Dugas. A Frenchman from Montpellier who was eternally grateful for his country to have been liberated by these brave men. Christophe did not want Tom’s service to be forgotten. He was determined to fulfill Tom’s ambitious wish to jump in the same drop zone as he did on D-Day, to jump for those who can’t. It took tremendous coordination by many organizations, businesses and the support of friends and family to bring Tom’s dream to fruition.


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One of the organizations directly involved with Tom’s jump was the Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT) International. Hubert Achten, President of RCPT International sponsored Tom Rice’s jump. Hubert arranged for the most qualified tandem jumper to drop Tom. With well over seventeen thousand jumps, Art Shaffer with RCPT US based out of Skydive Palatka was chosen. In the meantime, Colonel Tarris with D-Day Doll arranged for our film team to document Doll’s journey across the United States before her Atlantic crossing. Doll’s final stop was in Oxford, Connecticut where she and the D-Day Squadron encircled our symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty. We arrived in France, the primary country that helped secure America’s independence and freedom. It was apparent that the people of France have not forgotten their liberators and they took an astonishing effort to make certain Tom knew it. The town of Carentan gave “Team Tom Rice” the “Red Carpet” treatment. Mayor Jean-Pierre Lhonneur himself hosted a banquet in his executive office complete with honey brought from his own beehive.

Carentan’s press attaches, Deputy Mayor Sebastien and Denis Van Den Brink included Tom in every dedication during the Tom Rice & Dennis commemoration Van Den Brink ceremonies. People from all over the world came to thank revered “Screaming Eagle,” Staff Sergeant Rice. Some traveled thousands of miles to share their stories of liberation. I have never witnessed such gratitude of nations in wanting to express their sincere appreciation. The day finally came to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, “Operation Overlord.” Dakotas from all over the world lined the Cherbourg runway waiting to drop the massive group of parachutists. It was D-Day veteran, C-47 Sky Train, ‘Drag ‘em’ Oot’ that once again fulfilled her duty and dropped Tom Rice behind the Normandy beach heads.

Normandy Paratrooper, Tom Rice impressed the world as he landed in the same drop zone as he did on D-Day seventy-five years earlier. Tom’s jump made international news with over 20 million views and counting. Because of the love and appreciation of a gentleman from Montpellier, the collaboration of the beholden town of Carentan and the generosity and support of the Round Canopy Parachuting Team, Tom’s service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Tandem Team Tom Rice & Art Shaffer

Tom was ninety-seven years old and is committed to jumping until he’s one hundred and one for the 101st Airborne Division. Airborne! All The Way!

D-Day Doll & ADT

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“Roy’s Run”

-- 100 Miles in 24 Hours -- Benefits Shelter to Soldier By Eva Stimson Ultra-distance runner and Los Angeles resident, Roy Wiegand, reached out to Shelter to Soldier as a participant of his annual 100-mile run in 24 hours to promote mental health support services for veterans and animal rescue. Roy began his run at the Los Angeles Rams Training Camp at the University of California Irvine’s Crawford Field beginning at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 2nd for their Everyday Heroes practice honoring military members, first responders and their families. Roy completed his run at the finish line located at Shelter to Soldier’s training facility at partner Pacific Pet Resort, 2909 San Luis Rey Rd, Oceanside, CA, on Saturday, August 3rd, where guests of a ticketed fundraising event “Saving Lives, One Step at a Time” welcomed Roy. Guests enjoyed live music by Joe Cardillo, small bites by Bad to the Bone BBQ, a beer garden sponsored by Breakwater Brewing Company, family-friendly activities and meet and greet experiences with Shelter to Soldier training teams and service dogs. Proceeds raised by Roy’s Run fundraiser, supporters along his route and the finish line event totaled $8,402 to benefit Shelter to Soldier’s service dog training program.

and we felt this was a wonderful way to highlight the geographic reach and impact of our program as well as the population of veterans and homeless dogs in need of our support in the Southern California region.” The Los Angeles Rams have joined the Shelter to Soldier organization as a $15,000 Red Star Sponsor by underwriting the cost of training a service dog that they have affectionately named “Cooper Pupp”, after Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp. Cooper is a welcomed addition to the Shelter to Soldier service dog trainee team, where he will be trained and paired with his new veteran handler after a 9 to 12-month intensive training period. Shelter to Soldier relies on Red Star Sponsorships to achieve their mission of “Saving Lives, Two at a Time.” ™

Along Roy’s route, he journeyed through neighboring communities in Irvine, before heading South to Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Camp Pendelton, where supporters and partners of the nonprofit organization assembled at Marriott Irvine Spectrum and Raising Cane’s (off El Toro Blvd.) among other locations to support the cause. Shelter dogs that are adopted and trained by Shelter to Soldier to become service dogs are paired with veterans who suffer from post- 9/11 combat wounds and forever transform each of their respective lives for the better. “We were honored when Roy reached out to us for this event. It’s a fundraising model we have not previously participated in, and we’re excited to shine the light on some of our supporting partners throughout Southern California along Roy’s run route”, said Kyrié Bloem, Director of Operations and Co Founder of Shelter to Soldier.

Cooper Kupp & “Cooper Pupp” (Photo Los Angles Rams)

“Shelter to Soldier adopts dogs and serves veterans in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, and we felt this was a wonderful way to highlight the geographic reach “Shelter to Soldier adopts dogs and serves veterans in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties,

“I’m excited to complete this personal challenge that was much bigger than just a run,” said Roy Wiegand. “Shelter to Soldier accomplishes heroic work and I hope that this 24-hour event helped raise awareness and support for our military heroes in addition to muchneeded funds.” To contribute to Shelter to Soldier’s mission, visit www.sheltertosoldier.org/events to make a tax-deductible donation. WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / SEPTEMBER 2019



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A Different Lens


Mental Health Monthly By MJM




There are signs you can look for to help determine a stress level that’s right for you and you can start by learning the difference between the good and the bad:

OK, today I’m feeling overwhelmed by stress, and I know I’m not alone; it’s practically a fact of life that everyone has to deal with stress.

Good Stress:

Someone asked me if it was good stress or bad stress. That made me think, how can stress be good?

Makes you feel motivated, inspired and focused on doing your best. Gives you energy, ambition and enthusiasm.

So let’s look at this through a different lens, and maybe I can find some good stress.

Strengthens your immune system. Bad Stress:

Stress... it’s a word we’ve been taught to steer clear of since birth, but through the course of life and human experience, we find out that it’s totally unavoidable. But here’s the interesting thing... stress is actually necessary, so I’ve put together some tips on how you can decipher the good from the bad and manage the inevitable.

Harms your health and well-being, causing symptoms such as headaches, stomach discomfort or insomnia. Makes you feel frazzled, frustrated, upset, out of control or overwhelmed.

Contrary to popular belief, we all need some stress in our lives to move and function, which is why stress management is more important then stress elimination. In fact, finding the right balance between too much and too little stress is an essential part of your overall wellbeing. GOOD stress vs. BAD stress and balancing the right amount So, how much stress should you allow in your life before it becomes too much and what can you do to manage it all? Well, you must first understand that determining the right amount of stress can be tricky because it varies from person to person and is rooted in perception.

Makes even simple tasks become difficult or impossible to accomplish. At the end of the day, stress, in the form of good and bad challenges, helps us to flourish and grow. Do your best to take life one day at a time and you’ll find yourself living healthier and happier in no time. Managing stress is all about taking charge of what you can control and learning to become flexible regarding the things you have no ability to influence or change. To manage stress when the demands stack up, be sure to identify the triggers that cause you stress and resolve to make realistic, healthy changes. To be successful in this, it’s important that you: Get the right amount of sleep. Schedule time for relaxation each day.

For instance, riding on a roller coaster might be delightfully fun for one person, but terrifying for another; or having many demands on you at one time may make you feel energized, but may overwhelm someone else.

Eat a balanced, nutritious diet and exercise regularly. Cultivate supportive relationships. Have fun and try to laugh more. Laughter is a great stress reducer and has the added benefit of increasing social support.

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Don’t Try This Alone Starting up a new business is thrilling. It can also be very lonely and isolating. If you’re a social animal that needs lots of contact and feedback, you might find entrepreneurship challenging. There’s no buddy to tell you you’re doing the right thing. You can’t bounce it around with office mates, or bitch about the boss. YOU are the boss. Research on entrepreneurship acknowledges loneliness adds to stress and self-doubt. It is, however, mostly ignored and rarely discussed in business circles. People are reluctant to admit to it. We’re all supposed to be “on” 100% of the time, right? According to a story in Harvard Business Review… Some of the first-time solo entrepreneurs studied have reported feeling this more acutely than others. In the Self-Employment Review conducted by Julie Deane, the founder of Cambridge Satchel Company in the UK, isolation was cited as one of the biggest challenges faced by business owners and sole traders, with almost 30 percent of respondents saying that it was either “a big problem” or “something of a problem”. I’m old school when it comes to human beings. Everything can’t be solved from behind a computer or iPad. In fact, technology is contributing to loneliness. Google “Is Technology Making Us Lonely?” and scores of both scholars and “experts” will prove it to you.

for learning new tricks of the trade—they’re also replete with other cabin-fevered entrepreneurs looking to connect. Meetup requires real, face-to-face get-togethers. If you want to be a leader, start a Meetup of your own and showcase your expertise at the same time as making new friends. 4. Get a Dog (or Cat if you’d Rather). They say, “if you want a friend in Washington DC, get a dog.” So, follow that advice. Lots of businesses have an office dog or kitty. They lower your stress and point out that there are other things in life than chasing a goal. How about chasing a ball? My little 8lb furball will tell me when it’s enough. “Get up and play with me”. Walk me!” You can’t argue with them and they are conversation starters. 5. Find a mentor. “Operation Vetrepreneur” is the ticket. A City of San Diego grant has paid for this innovative program to launch and support veteran (Military & Spouse) startups and growing businesses. Working with highly experienced entrepreneurs, and using a brainstorming high-touch model, you get mentoring and info while in the company of other like-minded veterans. Only 1 morning a week over 4 weeks. Recruiting right now for Early Fall. Starts Sept 3, so sign up right now at www.veteransinbiz.com or www.meetup.com/Operation-Vetrepreneur-San-Diego/

The Prescription to Beat Loneliness 1. Get Out There. For a lot of new small businesses, renting office space can be too costly. But there are happymedium alternatives to the tiny workspace wedged into the corner of your kitchen: answer emails from a café, rent pay-as-you-go desks at coworking spaces, or consider pooling together with other entrepreneurs to share a studio. 2. Connect with Other Entrepreneurs and Hone Your Craft by Enrolling in Workshops and Courses. Find a community. The same people often show up at these opportunities, and soon, you’ll have a friend or two. 3. Join Meetup. Whether you’re treating yourself to a trip to attend an out of town small business conference, or popping into a local meetup, events are great for not only 26

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WHAT’S NEXT Transition to Civilian Life By Eve Nasby

Transition like a STAR AV-8 Harrier pilot, and 7 year veteran of coordinating the Mira Mar Air Show for the Marines, Phil Kendro had the world at his fingertips. He admits “I thought I could succeed in anything, and it got a bit to my head.” Five years before getting out, his boss at Miramar pushed him to first join LinkedIn, then to start networking as Operations at the Air Station also had a large involvement in community relations. There wasn’t a person in San Diego that didn’t know Phil Kendro. He was a connector! As the time grew closer and closer the names in his contact list grew to the hundreds but the offers for employment after the Marines were at one and for a job that wasn’t on his dream list. “It was a true rollercoaster ride with the highest peaks and lowest troughs.” I can say that YES, I did generally stay positive as I was surrounded by an amazing network of friends and supporters, but there were many dark days in my household, mostly within myself. After 20+ years of so many mission successes, how could I fail my family in such a fashion?” Now on the other side, with a dream job at United Airlines, we caught up with Phil to ask his advice.

“Phil, what are two pieces of advice you’d give your fellow transitioning brothers and sisters?” “First, NEVER pay for advice, counsel, or job training. There are groups that will ask for thousands of dollars to help place you and network. I tried it. It was a miserable failure, but I was desperate at the time as I was leaving the military and still didn’t have a job.” “Second, learn to interview like a boss!” We couldn’t agree more. When you finally get the interview, you have one chance to nail it. In last month’s column we touched on the how the S.T.A.R method is effective in keeping you focused in an interview. Trained for combat but not trained for an interview, those veterans who are not well practiced in interviewing, fail. Don’t be the interviewee from ‘Talkers Anonymous’ AKA ‘Al-on and on and on and on’. Youwill not get a job. Just as making a great shot depends on sight picture and trigger control, a great interview depends upon staying focused and purposeful in your execution of your answer. Let’s put Phil’s interviewing skills to the test by using S.T.A.R. (Situation - Task - Action - Results) Phil, “Tell me about a time when you were faced with a challenge and how you overcame it.” Using “Situation”. “I was an Iraq Invasion Company Commander and a Harrier pilot at time when the Harrier aircraft had severe maintenance issues.” This is good. In one sentence, Phil is setting the stage for his answer before he moves into what he was assigned to do.


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Tell a succinct story of how you created RESULTS and offers will be knocking at your door.

Using “Task”. Phil continues, mentally moving to the “T” part of his answer. “While stationed in Iraq I was given the position of Company Commander for the 2003 Invasion to takeover and rebuild air bases, provide refueling for aviation assets anywhere. I had zero previous experience.”

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Getting to your STAR moment. There are dozens of steps that you must take before you land your first interview.

Using “Action”. Phil moves on in the next sentence of his answer to the “A”, or Action that he took in response to the Task.

The second Phil of our column today is none other than Phil Dana who offers a glimpse into those first critical steps, Phil Dana is no stranger to this community. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Phil’s corporate resume is remarkable. He was a Talent Acquisition leader at Amazon, where he and his team were responsible for responsible for thousands hires annually and set up the Veteran Hiring program there, which set the standard for Corporate Veteran Hiring programs across the nation. His broad experience in biotech, technology, non profit and education make him a well-rounded powerhouse who doesn’t follow other best practices, but creates his own for others to follow.

“In a very short period of time we rebuilt 3 different airfields, including one the size of Miramar Air Station. We also provided security, food, living quarters, and an airfield to thousands of pilots and aircrew. Our team included military police, engineers, fueling experts, logisticians, motor transport personnel, administrative staff, fire/rescue, expeditionary airfield personnel and an explosive ordnance disposal team.” And now for the moment that the interviewer has been waiting for. The “R”. Results.

When I asked him what he believes the biggest struggle for transitioning veterans is today he said, “I think first and foremost, transitioning vets need to spend more time understanding who they really are and what their “Why” is.” Phil suggests taking a Gallup Strengths and or a Predictive Index behavioral survey and reading Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” as homework before worrying about a LinkedIn profile or resume.

Phil goes on to finish his well framed answer with the results his actions had on the organization. “With no previous knowledge of the job I was to perform, I rebuilt multiple airfields in a high-risk environment with no casualties, and returned everyone home safely. Our team achieved accolades from all who worked with us. From the lessons that were learned I helped develop the standard operating procedures for future missions. I went from having no knowledge of the unit to which I was assigned to a subject matter expert in rebuilding, maintaining, and multiple airfields throughout southern and central Iraq.”

He notes that, “The next steps are to have 50 cups of coffee with influencers and leaders and start all of this at least 12-18 months before transitioning. He cautions that, “Many vets wait far too long and end up with a J-O-B, rather than a fist pumping awesome career because they rushed and got too distracted with translating their resume.” Take aways? Know who you are. Surround yourself with an intelligent network that will help you transition well.

Great job Phil! Hear me on this. Employers are results driven. Past performance predicts future behavior. The results you created while you were in the military matter to your potential employer as they are expecting you to do the same for them. How did you increase productivity? How did your leadership result in achieving an outstanding safety record? How did you save time and money for your division?

Use the STAR outline to answer interview questions. Don’t give up.

Eve Nasby is a hiring expert with almost three decades invested in these topics. Join her on LinkedIn today. www.linkedin.com/in/eve-nasby-given-0050452

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When is a Resume NOT a Resume? By, Janis Whitaker, VetCTAP Executive Director

Resumes are very valuable and an important part of the job search process. Yet, there are really no standardized formats for job seekers to follow. This can be very frustrating for the military members and veterans who want to be certain they are able to compete equally in today’s competitive job market. Here are some general guidelines to think about when “painting” your ideal resume masterpiece. A resume is not a resume if… …you copy and paste lines directly from someone else’s resume or a job description. It is okay to use another resume to glean ideas, but create your resume from your own experiences. Job descriptions are essential roadmaps for you to use as a reference so you can customize your work of art for the job you are seeking. Absolutely DO incorporate “key words and skills” that are listed in the company’s job description, if you possess those qualities. But don’t duplicate entire phrases or lines. A resume is not a resume if… …you list your age, family members, hobbies, favorite sports teams, or musical group. A resume represents your work history, education, certifications, and accomplishments as it relates to the position you are seeking. It allows the potential employer to see that you have the basic qualifications that are needed for the job. If you do, they will be ready to invite you to the next step-the interview! A resume is not a resume if… …you have listed more than ten years of your work history. Yes, you have worked hard for your promotions and ranks however, this is not a treatise on your entire life. Your resume should highlight the most recent relevant experience and focus how that experience demonstrates your qualifications for a specific position.


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A resume is not a resume if… …it includes references. Personal and professional references are important to have. Keep that information on another page and have it ready when a potential employer asks for it. A resume represents your authentic and professional brand. It highlights your skills, education, accomplishments, certifications, and experience as it relates the job you are seeking. It takes a lot of hard work to gather, recall, interpret, and design (paint) this purposeful masterpiece. But, it is worth it. Spend the time to develop this work of art and it will be something to be admired by all that read it. And, it will confirm you are the perfect candidate for the job!

Learn about resumes, interviewing, networking and more for veterans, military, and spouses. Attend our VetCTAP workshop series. www.vetctap.org

Quick Tips

Starting a Business as a Veteran?

SEO Tips

Research the following SEO Ranking factors. To optimize your whole site for search engines, you’ll need to follow these basic tips: 1. Make the website about one thing. 2. Target smart keywords and use keywords in your images. 3. Mention keywords where they matter most. 4. Link to internal pages on your site. 5. Use a permalink structure that includes keywords.

The transition from military service to civilian life can be a difficult one, especially when it comes to your career.

6. Remove anything that slows down your website. 7. Use keywords in your images.

That’s why a growing number of veterans choose to forge their own path and become entrepreneurs after leaving the Armed Forces.

8. Link to other websites with relevant content build quality links.

While starting a business comes with numerous challenges, former service members do have one distinct advantage: the veteran community.

9. Update your website frequently.

“The strength and power of veteran entrepreneurs comes from other veteran entrepreneurs”

10. Make sure your website is indexed in search engines.

Unlike most highly competitive entrepreneurial environments, veteran entrepreneurs share information much more easily. If you or someone you know is a veteran looking to start a business, please feel free to contact Vicki Garcia. Vicki is the Co-Founder of Operation Vetrepreneur & President of Marketing Impressions, a 33+ -yearold marketing consulting firm. If you want support for starting up a business, email her at vicki@ veteransinbiz.com. For advice, tips and programs you can read Vicki’s monthly column at SD Vets Magazine or visit www.SanDiegoVeteransMagazine.com and click on the banner:


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Veterans Chamber of Commerce By Joseph Molina www.vccsd.org

2. Some of us grew up with the mindset that opposites attract, and this turns out to be true when it comes to magnetic forces (Magnets) but in the internal world, it is just the opposite, this means that focusing on positive thinking tends to create positive results. Positive thoughts energize us while negative thoughts create emotions of doubt and/or fear. Benefits of Positive Thinking: • Positive thinking tends to influence better health, better mood. • Increased levels of satisfaction. • Increased levels of Motivation (We enjoy what we do and who we are). • Decreased levels of Stress, Fear, Doubt and other negative emotions.

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING Positive Thinking is a powerful tool that could help with stress and feelings of anxiety. It helps create better self-control and a Stronger Mindset. Keep in mind that thinking positively is Intentional! The question: How to control random thoughts and emotions? Positive thinking can be defined as “an attitude of the mind that helps us achieve encouraging results”. It is also said to be a process whereby thoughts are been created to transform and develop positive and satisfactory results and behavior. Some Concepts to think about: 1. A mind that thinks in a positive way tends to experience higher levels of satisfaction. We could say that results are a consequence of a positive thinking while holding a positive mood. This means that the way we think and feel has a direct effect on the results and these are perceived. 32

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Benefits of positive thinking seems to be obvious. HOW can we implement a life-style that will reflect a positive thinking in our everyday lives? 5 Ways to train our mind to creating Positive Thoughts 1. Expose those thoughts! Random thoughts that stay inside our minds get stronger by the minute, they run around in our head, these thoughts, if they stay inside our mind, will most likely “trigger” negative emotions. Suggestion 1: (The 3 times concept) 1. Write your random thought down, throw the paper away. 2. Write your thought one more time, throw the paper away. 3. Write it one more time (three times) – You will see that each time the thought becomes less and less important. *Replace random thought with a Positive thought that, “You Create” Suggestion 2: Say your random thought aloud (or to someone), share it just the same way you would share a silly dream, This allows for the thought to lose its effectiveness creating a “Not real sense”, just like a silly dream would be.


Always replace the random thought with a Positive thought that, “You Create” 2. The power of Visualization Visualization helps refresh the mind, builds resilience and helps reduce stress. Visualization gives you control of what you want to think about. Think of visualization as “Building Mind Muscle” Random thoughts come in uninvited, visualization is an intentional action and it is created and control by you. 3. The Power of Gratitude Gratitude is an action that creates positive emotions, creating positive emotions helps us create positive thoughts. Gratitude brings about positive thinking and it is often said that when we express feelings of gratitude, we are making use of the highest degree of positive thinking.

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4. Helping others Something bigger than our selves; helping others tend to reduce stress and increase a sense of satisfaction and a sense of self-worth. Keeping our focus on others tends to create positive emotions.

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5. Get Disconnected - Taking Time off Planning time-off is critical to creating positive thinking opportunities and creating a positive mindset.

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Suggestion: Identify a place where you can be on your own, even if it is for a couple of hours, this is a great opportunity for creating personal discipline of internal focus. The more relaxed we are the easier it is to practice creating positive thoughts.


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1. We have the power to choose our thoughts. 2. It is up to us to manage and control the way we respond to random thoughts. 3. Controlling random thoughts, allows us to better control our emotions.

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In SUMMARY: Positive thinking is Intentional, and it requires time to overcome years of random thoughts, if they stay inside our mind, they will most likely “trigger” negative emotions. Stay poisitve foir a stronger mind-set.

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“The men and women who serve our Nation deserve our support — Today, Tomorrow, Always —”


Back to School As Summer comes to an end, we shift towards that last part of the year. Kids and teachers go back to school. Football season begins for the NFL and for Colleges across the County. Our opportunity to make a difference, to move the chains, and to complete our goals before this year ends, is before us. Those of us at VANC have a great deal we want to accomplish in the next few months and we are starting off with a bang. A special thank you to Legacy Brewing Company for their awesome tap takeover. We had a house full enjoying great local brews including the unveiling of our house beer: VANC’s own Blue, White and Red Ale, brewed for us by our friends at Legacy. We will be sure to have more, so hit us up at www.vanc.me The American Legion will be launching us into our back to school season with a LUAU on September 7th. We will have a great deal of food and fun with a few surprises you will have to attend to know about. So find your favorite Hawaiian Shirt and help us raise money for the American Legion 760. The Legion will be celebrating it’s 6th month in existence and has a great deal planned to support the community. Our next class of Military Transition Services (MTS) will be graduating as their families return to school in September. We had our biggest class ever receiving professional transition assistance classes with us. They enjoyed a delicious dinner, quality classes and opportunities to meet and network with veterans and community members helping them find their next career choice. That support continues as we start our next Cyber Security classes, Culinary classes and more. Check in at the web site to see when you can attend these classes.


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We will be hosting our next CA Hunter Safety classes with dates in September and October. You can sign up at the CA Hunter Education web site or find the link at www.vanc.me. Team Rubicon will be starting up their classes in September as well. You can find those classes on Roll Call on TR’s site as well as on ours. In fact, you can see a calendar full of meetings, yoga classes, training programs and social events on our web site. Never heard of VANC? A click can take care of that. This time of year gets busy. As kids return to school and we all return from the Summer. Keep this in mind: The Veterans Association of North County is a one stop shop for veterans, active duty and their families. We provide opportunities to come together during military celebrations and holidays. We connect the North County Community and the military community under our roof. We would love to see you here.

Always a lot going on at VANC. You can see for yourself the upcoming events at VANC on www.vanc.me. In the mean time, thank you to all those who support our organization with your attendance, your financial support and your participation. We will continue to offer free programs and services that our relevant in our community while supporting our active duty military, our veterans and their families. If you are a member of the veteran service community, join us on the first Monday of each month at noon for an opportunity to network with others serving our veterans. And when you walk in the door, sign in to our guest book.

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CYBERSECURITY Credit Monitoring, Identity Theft Protection, and Data Breach Management

By Scott Hermann, CEO and identity theft protection expert www.identityiq.com/SDVets

With data breaches on the rise, know how to protect yourself Capital One, Sprint, LabCorp, and Quest Diagnostics are just some of the companies that have experienced a data breach in the last few months. With data breaches making headlines almost daily – coupled with the largest ever data breach at Equifax in 2017 that exposed 147 million people – you should probably just assume your personal information is at risk. The question now is: What can you do to protect yourself? 1. Educate One of the most important steps you can take is to become more educated about the tactics identity thieves use. To start with – and especially with the increase in data breaches – make sure your information is secure from hackers online. This includes protecting your home network and never logging into accounts on an unsecure public Wi-Fi network. You should also be aware of the security used on the websites you visit. Make sure that any site you enter your personal information into displays proof of encryption with the https identifier in the web address. Updating passwords consistently is important as well. Make sure to use strong passwords that aren’t easily cracked and different passwords for different accounts.

Hacking isn’t the only way cybercriminals try to gain your personal information. Another method identity thieves use is phishing scams, such as phone calls, texts, or emails, to gather your personal information. In a phishing scam, cybercriminals will ask for personal information such as your account number or Social Security Number (SSN) that they say is needed to verify a purchase or to warn you about a security-related threat. Never give your SSN or other personal information out over the phone or via email. You also don’t want to fall victim to a “shoulder surfer” when using your computer or other devices in a public place. Be aware of your surroundings so you can avoid a criminal trying to watch over your shoulder so he or she can steal the information you’re typing into your device. Shoulder surfing also can be done at an ATM or other locations when you use a card with a PIN. Swiping your credit or debit card at a card reader requires you to be on the lookout as well. Card skimmers can be installed onto an ATM, card reader at the gas pump, and other locations. The skimmer can read your card information and record your PIN, giving thieves complete access to your account.

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2. Take Precautions There are other important precautions you can take to secure your personal information. Keep all your important documents and cards, such as your SSN card, military discharge papers (DD Form 214), and copies of your credit and debit cards, in a lockbox or safe at home. Only bring the essentials, such as your credit or debit card, out in your wallet or purse in case it gets lost or stolen. If you have documents with personal information you no longer need, shred them instead of throwing them in the trash or recycling bin. Those annoying credit card offers you receive every week also should be shredded instead of just thrown away. Those mailings along with bills, credit card statements, and other mail you receive are an easy target for an identity thief. Retrieve your mail from the mailbox daily and use a locking mailbox is possible. 3. Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring


Credit and identity theft monitoring are essential to keep an eye on your personal information. If you have credit and identity theft monitoring, you should start by actively reviewing your credit report and score so you can be aware of any existing suspicious activity. Credit and identity theft monitoring will typically alert you of suspicious activity, such as new credit accounts and loans, changes in your personal information, and reports of delinquent accounts. This allows you to act quickly if there is fraud. For identity theft protection, services can include dark web monitoring to see if your personal information is for sale along with monitoring of national and international criminal databases for anyone using your personal information and alerts when your SSN is used. No one wants to fall victim to identity theft. An identity thief can open new credit cards in your name; clone your ATM card; make fraudulent purchases; open new phone and utility accounts in your name; log into your accounts; change your billing address; receive a new driver’s license in your name; and even use your identity when questioned or arrested by police. Identity theft can negatively impact your life for years. Unfortunately, the growing number of data breaches and new hacking techniques used by cybercriminals means your chances of becoming an identity theft victim are probably increasing as well. Make sure to stay educated, take precautions, monitor, and protect your personal information to reduce your risks. In great appreciation for your service, feel free to reach out to us for more information at www.identityiq.com/SDVets

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By Lara Ryan, Daniel Chavarria & Michael Biemiller

EMERGENCY FUNDS Did you know that 56% of people in the US don’t have an emergency fund that could cover 3 months of expenses? I often wonder if the reason most people don’t have one is because they don’t actually know what an emergency fund is or how it works. WHAT IS IT? If you’re wondering what an emergency fund is, it is accumulated or “liquid” (easily accessible) savings to cover unexpected costs in your life. What we know about emergency funds is that it is not a question of if something is going to cost you money, it’s when and how much. While there isn’t a cookie-cutter formula for an emergency fund because everyone’s financial situation is different, the general rule of thumb is to save between 3-6 months of your monthly “run rate” or what you spend monthly on necessary living expenses. When we say necessary living expenses, we mean paying your mortgage or rent to have a roof over your head or making your car payment to get to work on time. Another rule of thumb relates to how much to set aside in your emergency savings: it can be closer to three months of necessary living expense if you have two sources of income, and should be closer to six months if you only have one. WHY DO YOU NEED IT? So, we all agree that “life is going to happen,” and because of that universal truth, it makes sense to have some money readily available to cover costs for obligations you must meet, for which you don’t want to have to sell or leverage anything, and that you don’t want to put on a credit card. A credit card is not an emergency fund. That fact may even be more the case for servicemembers and their families because they are more likely to have “emergency” expenses arise from the many transitions that come with military life: extra costs for PCS’ing and deployments can add up quickly. Emergency funds are the backstop to what isn’t covered in your monthly budget. The best time to start saving for a rainy day is when it’s not raining. Having money set aside for life’s curveballs can keep you out of financial trouble. 38

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HOW DO YOU DO IT? If being able to set aside 3-6 months of “run rate” seems nearly impossible, the good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once – even a little money in savings can go a long way. Just remember that “slow and steady wins the race.” Starting small is the key to successfully building a solid rainy day fund. If you’re too focused on finding a big chunk of money with which to start saving, you may feel overwhelmed. So, start by putting aside a little each week. The act of doing so will become a habit – a good habit. Want to make saving toward your emergency fund even easier? Go automatic. Have the money taken out of your checking account automatically each week and deposited into some kind of savings account. You won’t have to think about it, and you may not even notice the money is gone. WHERE DO YOU PUT IT? The point of an emergency fund is to have a reserve of cash that’s easily accessible when you really need it. That’s why a savings account is a good place to start. These days, there are a number of great online banks that offer high yield savings accounts. Open one! The reason to have an emergency fund is simple: You don’t know what’s going to happen. Wouldn’t it feel great to have a buffer between you and the curveballs life throws at you—a cushion that helps you sleep soundly because it turns a major life crisis into just a slight

Lara, Dan & Michael work with a team and run a comprehensive financial planning practice that specializes in working with active duty, retired, veteran and militaryconnected individuals, families, and businesses. They are not fee-based planners and don’t charge for their time, but believe every servicemember needs and deserves a financial plan. Lara.ryan@nm.com (307) 690-9266 Daniel.Chavarria@nm.com (702) 497-3264 Michael.biemiller@nm.com (858) 663-4296 inconvenience?

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

LLC OR S-CORPORATION? - WHICH ONE’S RIGHT FOR YOU? As a business attorney, the number one question I am asked is: “Should I be an LLC or an S-Corporation?” The business structure, in terms of the legal entity you choose for your business, significantly impacts some important issues in your business life. These issues include the exposure of liability and at what rate and manner you and your business are taxed. Your choice of corporate structure can also substantially affect issues such as financing and growing the business, the number of shareholders the business has, and the general manner in which the business is operated. You should be aware of some of the differences in business formation, especially when choosing between an LLC and S Corporation for your business. OWNERSHIP OF AN LLC An LLC (Limited Liability Company) is allowed to have an unlimited number of owners, commonly referred to as “members.” These owners may be U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizens, and non-U.S. residents. LLCs may be owned by any other type of corporate entity and they substantially face less regulation regarding the formation. LLC business operations are much simpler and the requirements are minimal. While LLCs are urged to follow the same guidelines as the S Corporation, they are not legally required to do so, such as adopting bylaws and conducting annual meetings. LLCs are not required to keep and maintain records of company meetings and decisions in the way that S Corporations are required. The owners of an LLC are free to choose whether owners or a designated manager will run the business. If the owners decide to run the business then the business operates more closely as a partnership, which can pierce the limited liability protection of the owners and hold the owners personally label to creditors. One area where LLCs typically face more stringent regulation than S Corporations is that of transfer of ownership. Transfer of LLC ownership interest is usually only allowed with the approval of the other owners. In contract, stock in S Corporations is freely transferable.


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OWNERSHIP OF AN S CORPORATION The IRS is more restrictive regarding ownership for S Corporations. These businesses are not allowed to have more than 100 shareholders. S Corporations cannot be owned by individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Further, the S Corporation cannot be owned by any other corporate entity. This limitation includes ownership by other S Corporations, C Corporations, LLCs, business partnerships or sole proprietorships. There are significant legal differences in terms of formal operational requirements, with S Corporations being much more rigidly structured. The numerous internal formalities required for S Corporations include strict regulations on adopting corporate bylaws, conducting initial and annual shareholder meetings, keeping and retaining company meeting minutes, and following extensive regulations related to issuing stock. Regarding management of the business, S Corporations are required to have a board of directors and corporate officers. The board of directors oversees management and is in charge of major corporate decisions, while the corporate officers mange the company’s business operations on a day to day basis. Unless, a director of an officer of the company violate their ethical rules, they are usually never held personally liable for the company debts. A major difference between the LLC and the S Corporation is that an S Corporation’s existence, once established, is usually perpetual, while this is not typically the case with an LLC, where events such as the departure of a member may result in the dissolution of the LLC.

DECIDING ON A BUSINESS ENTITY A business owner who wants to have the maximum amount of personal asset protection and plans on seeking substantial investment from outsiders, or envisions becoming a publicly traded company will likely be best served by forming an S Corporation. An LLC is more appropriate for business owners whose primary concern is business management flexibility. This owner wants to avoid all but a minimum of corporate paperwork, does not project a need for outside investment and does not plan on taking the business public. Further, this business owner’s business will usually end if the owner decides to retire, has an accident or becomes disabled.


LLCs are easier and less expensive to set up and simpler to maintain and remain compliant with the applicable business laws since there are less stringent operational regulations and reporting requirements. Nonetheless, the S Corporation format is preferable if the business is seeking substantial outside financing or if it will eventually issue stock. Further, if the business owner wants to leave a legacy behind or wants to expand nationwide or even internationally an S Corporate structure would allow for this growth.

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GI Film Festival San Diego Showcases the Hidden History, Talent and Dedication of our Military Celebrating its fifth year of authentic military storytelling, the GI Film Festival San Diego brings together more than 30 films for, by and about military service members and veterans from around the world. The themes of survivor’s guilt, overcoming military trauma, healing from post-traumatic stress through visual and performing art, drug addiction, and the LGBTQIA+ community, are featured in this year’s lineup. Exploring these sometimes difficult experiences, the GI Film Festival San Diego continues to play an important role in preserving our military history and creating community among military and civilians. “Take Me Home Huey,” a heartfelt story featuring the transformation of a U.S. Army Huey helicopter into a colorful, inspirational sculpture by contemporary artist and Southern California resident Steve Maloney, is the Opening Night selection this year. Directed by filmmakers Alicia H. Brauns and Christine Steele, the 56 minute film delivers a powerful message of healing through art. The film captures the captivating reunion of some of the Vietnam War veterans who used this very helicopter -#174 -- in wartime until it was shot down on Valentine’s Day 1969 during a medical rescue mission, which resulted in the death of two of their service brothers. Throughout the documentary, the viewer sees testimonies of war and post-war experiences from the veterans involved.

“The festival always opens with great untold stories about the triumphs and experiences of service members and veterans. We are so proud to continue this tradition this year with the untold story of Huey #174 and its role in the Vietnam War and the brave men who served on board,” says Nancy Worlie, associate general manager of content and communications at KPBS. The films selected for the GI Film Festival San Diego’s opening night screenings over the years included narratives and documentaries like “American” starring actor and activist George Takei, “The Registry,” “The 2 Sides Project,” and “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy.” “The military teaches you how to fight, but they don’t teach you how to come home.” In 2012, Maloney, who resides in Rancho Santa Fe and Palm Springs, California, was given the opportunity to create an art piece to be featured in the Palm Springs Air Museum. Inspired by the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the sculpture aimed to honor Vietnam War veterans who never received a respectful welcome home after their service overseas. Best known as the “Helicopter War,” the Hueys played crucial roles in the Vietnam War in getting members of our military to safety, making it the perfect element for the “Take Me Home Huey” sculpture.

The project featured in the film was created in partnership with Light Horse Legacy, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that restores and flies old military helicopters to encourage interest in aviation and support veterans experiencing PTS. Light Horse Legacy was a prominent resource in securing Huey #174 which was found decommissioned in an Arizona scrapyard. The organization also helped locate some of the veterans who were aboard the helicopter before its final flight.

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“The art primed the pump,” says Maloney. “It encouraged veterans, specifically Vietnam War-era veterans, to open up about their wartime experiences they were forced to keep to themselves for so long in fear of losing their post-war jobs and being judged. Talking about their experiences helped relieve their PTS. I was honored to listen to these veterans and reunite them with the Huey.” As the battered helicopter becomes whole through the artistic process, stories of Vietnam veterans and their families parallel the healing journey of Huey #174; viewers begin to understand what veterans must face finding relief from the trauma sustained during the war. The film inspires dialogue about post-traumatic stress, survivor’s guilt, and the importance of never giving up, especially for the veterans and loved ones who have lived with the long-lasting personal effects of war and the tragic crash of #174. “Take Me Home Huey” made its World Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2017, and the transformed Huey #174 remains on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The GI Film Festival San Diego gives active duty military, veterans and allies a place to congregate and provides a space for dialogue, camaraderie, and listening. After each screening in the festival, in-depth panel discussions are held to give attendees the opportunity to have candid conversations with filmmakers, subjects, and local experts about what they watched on the screen. This not only reduces the military-civilian divide, but also affirms to veterans and families that they are not alone in their journey.

“Donut Dollies” The GI Film Festival San Diego brings together military stories from overseas and around the nation that portray the strength of the human mind and heart and the limits of human survival. One of these notable films is “The Donut Dollies,” a documentary feature following two best friends and former Red Cross “Donut Dollies” who reunite 47 years later in Vietnam to retrace their steps and unlock buried memories.

34 films from around the globe feature diverse military stories This year, the festival welcomes 34 films, ranging from documentaries, narratives, features and shorts. Selections highlight military experiences from within the Asian and Pacific Island cultures, as well as international films from Australia and Israel. Wars covered in this year’s lineup span the Civil War to present day conflicts. Also new this year is a film with a U.S. Coast Guard storyline.

“Escape by Sea”

The GI Film Festival San Diego brings together military stories from overseas and around the nation that portray the strength of the human mind and heart and the limits of human survival. One of these notable films is “The Donut Dollies,” a documentary feature following two best friends and former Red Cross “Donut Dollies” who reunite 47 years later in Vietnam to retrace their steps and unlock buried memories.

Another film is the narrative short “Escape by Sea” about two Scandinavian soldiers who flee the French Foreign Legion by jumping ship in the Strait of Malacca, and then are swept into the open ocean for weeks without food or water. The documentary feature “Homemade” is a story of survival and resilience and makes its World Premiere at the festival. The film is a groundbreaking, intimate, and durational documentary feature which captures a six-year journey following combat-wounded and highlydecorated Force Reconnaissance Marine Adam Sorensen as he navigates life after the war. The film exposes the effects of PTS, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and addiction on Adam’s marriage, family, and work. Continued on next page >

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San Diego-centric films are once again included in this year’s schedule -- and are a big part of why the festival exists. Through the festival’s collaboration with Film Consortium San Diego, a social enterprise whose goal is to increase and foster film and television production in the region, the GI Film Festival San Diego has attracted several local filmmakers and actors who are given an opportunity to share their passion for creative storytelling on the big screen. The festival’s popular Local Film Showcase features seven films with San Diego County connections, giving filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their creative work on a national level. Like the international and national films, there are diverse, raw and inspiring storytelling in the local films. Some notable films on the 2019 schedule are “Deviant” and “This One Step.” “Deviant” is a narrative short based on true events that spotlights the horrors of conversion therapy, a severe and life-affecting issue among LGBT minors.

“Deviant” The narrative short “This One Step,” directed by Del Mar residents Austin and Westin Ray, tells the story of a young Texan veteran and his wife who must re-learn the rhythm of their relationship, complicated by lingering PTS.

Over the years, the GI Film Festival San Diego has worked to provide a platform for filmmakers who range from active duty, veterans and civilians to showcase their love for storytelling with an engaged audience. “The festival also opens up a network with other filmmakers to collaborate on more ideas and projects,” says Worlie. “We enjoy seeing filmmakers return to the festival year after year and are excited to see that this year’s film lineup is made up of mostly newcomers. Our dedicated team of festival organizers, volunteers, filmmakers, and supporters also look forward to seeing new and returning audience members at the fifth annual GI Film Festival San Diego.” GI Film Festival San Diego Deploys Sept. 24-29 The GI Film Festival San Diego is a six-day event from Tuesday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 29 with films being screened at two locations—the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park and UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center. The festival opens at MOPA with “Take Me Home Huey” on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The screening is followed by a panel discussion featuring Maloney and the filmmakers, and a dessert reception. Many festival events have discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans. Partner organizations will have complimentary tickets available for local military, veterans, and their families, including Elizabeth Hospice, Challenged Athletes Foundation, SAY San Diego, the Armed Services YMCA San Diego, Courage to Call, and more. A full screening and events schedule is available on GIFilmFestivalSD.org. Guests are also encouraged to pre-purchase individual tickets and All Access Passes before the festival begins. The GI Film Festival San Diego is organized by KPBS in partnership with the Film Consortium San Diego and the GI Film Group. Official sponsors of the 2019 GI Film Festival San Diego include Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling, The Super Dentists, BAE Systems, SAGAFTRA, and Scatena Daniels Communications. The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition and the San Diego Military Family Collaborative. For complete details on the fifth annual festival, visit GIFilmFestivalSD.org.

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LIBERTY STATION From Navy Base to Arts District

FROM NAVY BASE TO ARTS DISTRICT Nearly 20 years ago, the NTC Foundation embarked on an unprecedented opportunity for San Diego to create ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, a significant new flagship destination for arts and culture. This new mission to create a significant legacy for the community is being realized. Just as the 1915 Panama–California Exposition helped establish the jewel of Balboa Park, a burgeoning hub for life and culture continues to grow into a premiere gathering place for visitors and locals alike. ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is now San Diego’s newest cultural mecca—a destination for arts and culture at the former Naval Training Center San Diego in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. With 17 of 26 historic buildings completed, ARTS DISTRICT is home to over 120 tenants, including artists, galleries, creative businesses, museums, and nonprofits serving San Diego. Over 800,000 people visit ARTS DISTRICT annually, adding economic impact and jobs to what was once a shuttered Navy base. https://ntcfoundation.org/about-ntc/history-future/


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For more than 75 years, hundreds of thousands of Navy recruits were trained at Naval Training Center San Diego (NTC). It was here that these young men and women matured and received the knowledge and skills required for the challenges of military duty. Now inactive, NTC has been designated as a National Historical District for its architectural and cultural significance. It is a San Diego treasure and a significant community asset, and it continues to hold the memories of past generations of naval recruits whose lives were transformed at NTC. For a history of the Naval Training Center, we recommend Cradle of the Navy: The History of the Naval Training Center San Diego. When the Navy announced NTC’s closure in 1993, arts leaders saw that a long-term need for arts space could be met with the buildings. When the City of San Diego developed the NTC Master Plan, 26 buildings were set aside for arts and cultural uses in the historic heart of NTC, now called ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.

VADM James B Stockdale and Sybil Stockdale Tribute – Dick Laub NTC Command Center, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd.

The NTC Foundation was established in 2000 to oversee their development. It is the largest historical preservation project in San Diego. It is also the largest arts and cultural project in San Diego since the establishment of the Balboa Park cultural district 100 years ago.

Unmatched love and heroism during the Vietnam war, Vice Admiral Stockdale was the highest ranking Prisoner of War at the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War. On the home front, his wife Sybil was not only raising their four sons, but changed government policy about our POWs and worked covertly with Naval Intelligence to get information back and forth from Jim. Their story is told in the book In “Love and War” and this exhibit is a tribute to their remarkable lives.

NTC is once again serving San Diego proudly and transforming the lives of new generations as ARTS DISTRICT, a new flagship for arts, culture, and creativity. ARTS DISTRICT’s stunning park-like campus, nostalgic promenade, and spectacular bay views provide an extraordinary setting. While recruits no longer train here, the Navy still has a presence in the Liberty Station neighborhood. Here are a few highlights you might want to visit. 52 U.S. Submarine Memorial at NTC Park, Liberty Station 52 U.S. Navy submarines were lost at sea during World War II. 3,505 submariners lost their lives. At NTC Liberty Station, the 52 Boats Memorial remembers the sacrifice of these men. The unique memorial runs along two beautiful walkways, and consists of 52 American Liberty Elm trees, 52 flags and 52 black granite markers. The history of each submarine and the names of lost crew members are recounted for future generations to remember. https://coolsandiegosights.com/2014/01/18/52-boatsmemorial-at-ntc-liberty-station/ Life of an NTC Recruit – Dick Laub NTC Command Center – ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road An exhibit that tells the story of the life of an NTC recruit from the time they stepped off the bus to graduation from bootcamp 12 weeks later. www.libertystation.com/go/life-of-an-ntc-recruit

Sybil Stockdale Rose Garden – Dick Laub NTC Command Center, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road This intimate courtyard displays a central fountain, features intertwining pathways, and lies between two lawns. It was donated as a gift to honor Navy wives, and each vibrant rosebush located here has been thoughtfully selected and dedicated to loved ones. Set below our Point Loma Nazarene University Friendship Terrace and just outside our Dick Laub NTC Command Center, the Rose Garden is named after Sybil Stockdale, the wife of Vice Admiral James Stockdale. www.libertystation.com/go/sybil-stockdale-rose-garden

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USS Recruit - “The building that looks like a ship” – 4461 North Harbor Drive

Chow: Feeding a Navy, Building 201, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2820 Roosevelt

Over 50,000 recruits learned basic naval procedure every year on this two-thirds-scale model of a destroyer escort, a land-bound ship afloat on a sea of concrete. Commissioned on July 27, 1949, the Recruit was the Navy’s only commissioned ship that never touched the water, and it was playfully nicknamed “USS Neversail” by recruits. Here, recruits learned how to follow orders and how to maneuver around a ship. The Recruit was outfitted with standard naval rigging and even had a 3-inch gun. It was the first of three training structuresbuilt by the Navy after World War II, and it is the only one that remains. In 1982, the Recruit was reconditioned as a training guided-missile frigate.

Naval Training Center San Diego was the first Navy training school for Mess Management and was recognized for “Outstanding Large Mess Ashore.” See original recipes that fed thousands, sample menus and learn why the best time of a sailor’s day was Chow Time!

As California Registered Historical Landmark No. 1042, its plaque was placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in 2005.

Halloween at the Station, October 27 WoW Festival, October 17-22

Point Loma Legacy Exhibit, Dick Laub NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Road An exhibit telling the story of Point Loma and its role as the Gateway to San Diego. Also, events in September and October include: FIRST FRIDAY FREE art and gallery walk, September 2, October 4 and November 1. (5 pm – 9 pm) Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the 100-acre ARTS DISTRICT.

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We are Proud to Salute the Men & Women Who Have Served in Our Armed Forces SeaWorld® San Diego invites any U.S. veteran to enjoy a one-time free Single-Day Admission, along with up to 3 guests.* Register online now–Nov. 11, 2019. Visitation valid through Nov. 11, 2019. For your service and sacrifice, we thank you.

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Military service can be a perfect entrance into a law enforcement career. Military and law enforcement personnel 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. 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.

Opportunities in Law Enforcement You’ve served your country, now serve your community! The following agencies are actively hiring & proudly support our veterans, active military and the families that keep together.

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Wondering which PTSD treatment is right for you? Use the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid to learn about and compare treatments.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Watch Video Interviews with Providers Compare the Treatments You Like Best Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Get a Personalized Summary

WHO IS IT FOR? PATIENTS: The Decision Aid teaches you about your options and gets you ready to work with your provider to choose the best treatment for you. PROVIDERS: The Decision Aid educates your patients about evidence-based PTSD treatments. Review it together in session, or have your patients work through it at home.

There are effective treatments for PTSD. You have options. The choice is yours.

The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is an online tool to help you learn about effective treatments and think about which one might be best for you.

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WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / SEPTEMBER 2019

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