War is an evil thing; but to submit to the dictation of other states is worse…. Freedom, if we hold fast to it, will ultimately restore our losses, but submission will mean permanent loss of all that we value…. To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side.
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In a recent radio show interview of myself with host Dolly Howard of the DDID show on Haggie Shack Radio (simulcast at the time with the Wolf Spirit Radio Network December 10th, 2016) we discussed the importance of honoring and remembering our U.S. military Veterans and the sacrifices that they have made for our country. By natural extension, this includes Veteran heroes and heroines from militaries all over the world who have served their respective countries in the capacity of combat and non-combat roles alike. And as Veterans stand up for the people, they deserve our support, recognition and respect more now than ever before. Our suggestion on the show is for each and every one of us to take a moment of silent introspection each day to thank and remember all of the Veterans, wherever and whenever they may be.
What many Veterans face when transitioning back to the civilian world is truly daunting when considering the joblessness, homelessness, post traumatic stress disorders, traumatic brain injuries, suicidal thoughts and actions, etc. As a Veteran, I personally witnessed not only for myself but for other Veterans, the shunning of and by civilians and society while in transition to find gainful employment and suffered much doubt and depression as a result. Were it not for the support of loving friends and family, in worlds here and the beyond, I’m sure that my transition time would have been much more miserable, difficult and become a real nightmare–if not nearly impossible to manage. Leaving the Marines and transitioning to the civilian world in late 2004 was one of the most difficult times in my life.
After spending about a month looking for work with no luck, a friend and fellow Veteran guided me to get help with some local career/job courses. I was naturally resistant at first, but what I discovered slowly, and over a period of months, is that job seekers must learn how to get a job in order to get a job–plain and simple. Learning that finding meaningful work is a multi step process and journey and that there are many factors involved including any critical healing on the mental, emotional and physical levels. Discovering this was a major key for myself to move forward. I also learned over time that a realistic and workable job seeking plan must be formulated and executed on purpose and with a passion–this is paramount to success in securing meaningful work for any job seeker but especially so for the transitioning Veteran. See CareerSolutions for further details on this program.
Once I realized that this knowledge and information is not taught in any high school, college, university, military exit program, etc., I “put two and two together” so to speak–that we have all been fooled and led down a path and sold a bill of goods. Chances are, you weren’t born rich. If you were, then the odds are that you would have not enlisted, although I recognize that this is not exclusively the situation. And if you are one of the less than 10% who have been able to complete a four year degree following your military service, later securing a job and/or career in your target company/sector, then know that you are truly a fortunate and rare person, a Veteran who has beat the odds and achieved a dream.
As Veterans we must stick together and support one another, so if you are a Veteran, combat or non-combat, U.S. or otherwise, and you need help and are suffering, then I am inviting you to contact me–plain and simple. Do not worry if you cannot afford a reading as I will share with you what I can, astrology related or not. We can work together to find a solution. You can email me through the contact page above–and thank you for your service!
(Please be advised that I am not a licensed counselor or therapist and that I am unable to offer professional medical or mental health care advice. Any personal information that you share, while claiming Veteran status, will remain private and protected to the best of my ability. Please see the Disclaimer page on this site for further information.)
Many Thanks and Many Blessings
and a Very Special Thanks to all of my wonderful friends and family who supported me and continue to support me post military service
and another Very Special Thanks to Dave Corso, Dolly Howard, Colleen Kelly, Jay Pee, Jessica Marrocco and the rest of the Wolf Pack!