- 30/11/2016This is why I miss my Navy days... Sailors who know what real leadership is.Good to Great to Illustrious Leadershipwww.linkedin.com Leadership is like any other craft; it requires practice, refinement of core skills, experimentation, and the study of other leaders. As one of today’s leaders, approaching the end of the...
- 29/11/2016In honor of #GivingTuesday, the money we raise for this fundraiser will be matched up to $1,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Facebook is waiving all fees. Please support our cause, and your donation can be doubled!
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- Producer18/11/2016How NOT to write a professional apology letterUnited States Army veteran Ernest Walker just went to Chili’s restaurant for the promise of a free burger.The restaurant showed its “appreciation” for his service by confiscating his leftovers, questioning his service credentials and ejecting him...
Comments19/11/2016 #5 Pamela L. WilliamsBrandon, Absolutely. The whole thing wreaked of insincere business-as-usual with the help of marketing and a lawyer. I hope Mr. Walker felt okay with the apology but this letter 'sucks rotten eggs'. Having sat in as minutes taker in corporate meetings I can probably hear the conversation;
It was just a meal, for christ's sake, what's the big deal, okay, how are we going to handle this? So-and-so, write a letter by so-and-so time and we'll meet again to review. Damn that manager for not handling this better; didn't we teach them how to confront bad customers? Do we need to hold another round of training sessions on how to properly handle disgruntled guests. Now, on to other subjects; what were the losses for the veteran give-away? How can we decrease the free meals, while still capitalizing on the 'community good-will' campaign?
No where are they referred to as human-beings, they are 'guests', in other words, walking stiffs with wallets.19/11/2016 #4 Harvey LloydHas it really gotten so complicated that when we make a mistake we can't just apologize? The letter looked like one written for the state of the union address. The irony truly is that even though the letter stated the values, clearly these values were not present in this situation. Restating them didn't make it better but rather reinforced the leadership's inability to perform at the customer level.
Maybe the leadership needs to apply to undercover boss?19/11/2016 #3 Brian McKenzie"Veteran" Status may not mean what you think it means. I did 15 years in the Reserves, all of my 9 deployments were 179 days, because at 180 days they have to issue benefits and a DD-214, anything below that was considered "ActiveDuty for Training" - neither the military nor an extremely large Retail conglomerate out of Arkansas consider me a 'Vet'. The one DD-214 that I could have "eaned" was from time in a country that we were never officially deployed to and never declared as one of our Forward Operations in the ever global expanding Shit Show of Whack-a-mole 'Anti-Terrorism' ventures.18/11/2016 #1 Susan RooksI agree with what you wrote here, @Brandon Marshall! What a damn shame on all fronts! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and I hope that all other restaurants and service venues check their values and actions to be sure they're living up to what they say they believe.
- 11/11/2016@David B. Grinberg My boys today. Gabriel who is 9 attended Remembrance Day services at the Oakville Cenotaph with his classmates and they recited In Flanders Fields. I am proud of the boys' recognition of their Grandfather Kerr (Lieutenant, RCN; Great Grandfather Bridger (RCAF); and Great Grandfather Sanders (US Army).
- Producer11/11/2016Veterans Day: Some Public Schools Teach Terrible LessonSomething arguably unpatriotic is occurring mere miles from the nation’s capital this Veterans Day. The most populous public school districts remained open, albeit to the detriment of military families and the vital lessons veterans can teach...
Comments13/11/2016 #22 Ben PintoI appreciate getting news I would not have otherwise known about. It is news and as such is interesting and on this case appalling? But it is in the past. The calendar must certainly be decided ahead of time and not the day before. The time to do something about this is before it becomes a travesty. I am pollinating the 'gripe' hive with this.
This is just one more example of poor planning. Just like all of the rioters that are saying "not my president," and boo-hoo didn't vote because Bernie wasn't on the ticket. Shame on our school systems for not better teaching our students about VOTING, and for that matter, about a whole bunch of other stuff every young adult must know about.
As far as the Electorial College goes, I don't know about you, but I don't want a couple of states with humongous populations picking s a President for me. The common vote would not fairly represent America. That's is not to say that I am for or against the President. I am for the USA and so I will back up any President that operates within the law of the land OR I will become a complete anarchist and attempt to overythrow that person in the event of crimes against humanity being conducted by same!13/11/2016 #21 Jerry FletcherDavid,
This isn't new. Last year I was attending a convention. One of the speakers asked any veterans in the audience to stand. She told those that served in WWII and Korea and the most recent conflicts to sit back down. She asked that only the Vietnam Era vets stay on their feet. She thanked us for our service. And then she told the audience why.
We were the ones that came home and were spit on, mocked and told we were scum. She was right to explain how we were the vilified, forgotten vets. The audience, many of them too young to remember those sad times, applauded the small group of us still standing. Never before had someone thanked me. It is the only time I've ever had a knot like that in my throat. I will not forget.
Perhaps too few of our population serve these days. When all students are supposed to be headed to college and there is no draft why should we be surprised? We have a volunteer army, etc. but I'll bet if a major conflict broke out the draftees would outnumber the volunteers by hundreds to one.12/11/2016 #20 CityVP ManjitIf schools are not in session for Martin Luther King Day then they should not be in session on Veterans Day. It makes no sense to say that one recognition of sacrifice is greater than the massive level of sacrifice of people who give their lives for their country.
There is one note that I do find disturbing, which was when I visited Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC. I walked there so I could do two things. First honour the grave of Robert Kennedy because when I was 7 years old in 1968, this was the first traumatic event I had witnessed as a child, I knew something terrible had happened that was flashing on a small black and white television screen, but could not make sense of what it is watching that news had upon me.
The other was to pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. What I found disturbing was the level of tourism that allowed tourists to take snapshots as if it was just another stop on the Washington travel tour - there was even a man who asked him family to move a little so all the "graves were in a straight line". If that showed a lack of deferential spirit, the sight of tourists buses that demonstrated very little in the way of solemnity was just as disturbing for me.
When I got to Robert Kennedy's grave, I was surprised to find the most humbling of a tiny wooden cross. While Kennedy was not a veteran he held interesting views on the Vietnam War http://alphahistory.com/vietnamwar/robert-f-kennedy-war-cannot-be-won-1968/ The post-war records of any war remind me of Sun Tzu's Art of War that the smartest strategy is to avoid war. The responsibility of a politician is to protect veterans in war and peace - otherwise they should send their own children first.12/11/2016 #18 Bonnie WeissmanLoved this David! As a veteran myself, I really appreciated this! My oldest, Sarah, serves here in Louisiana as a JAG captain in the Army National Guard and has been deployed to Haiti and also here after the big flood this year for disaster relief work. You're right--- veterans bring so much to the table at work and in the community in their civilian lives. I see it all the time.
I must tell you though, I think schools can remain open on this holiday, but I think there should be a required assembly or other celebration so children and teens understand early on as part of their learning veterans' contributions to our country.
One more thing--- you mention Montgomery and Fairfax Counties and their PC thing. When Sarah chose to join ROTC in college after 9/11, the mother of her best friend in Potomac said she did not understand why Sarah made that choice because she had options, saying, "It's not like she's a farmer's son or something..." I remember thinking that comment was so typical of the people I knew there.12/11/2016 #15 Brian McKenzieWe were just a other line item of expendables. America has a long tradition of sending us off to conflict like holiday drop shipped packages and then easily forgetting the shit we went through because they were never there and it never made the news. In a SCIF in an non descript hangar in Washington is a wall with photos from our unit that died doing shit the government still denies.12/11/2016 #12 Donna-Luisa Eversley@David B. Grinberg...thanks for such a beautiful reprimand! I think the people who serve the country should be given much more support and respect. If you value your freedom, you will find it easy to value veterans and dedicate time to celebrate their important contribution to society.12/11/2016 #11 David B. Grinberg#9 Thanks good point, @Larry Boyer and makes practical sense. Thanks for bring it up, as I'm sure lot's of parents would agree with you. However, the least public schools can do if they remain open is to hold a Veterans Day observance and educate more young people about the meaning of the holiday and the morals/values it represents.
While some schools might do this, others don't. This is because of PC run amok, as noted. For example, I've been told by teachers that some ultra liberal bureaucrats are concerned this would send the wrong message by allegedly supporting the concept of war and a military action. That's the most pathetic thing I've ever heard and borders on socialist indoctrination IMHO. Yet it's really happening in some schools. It makes me sick. What about you?11/11/2016 #9 Larry BoyerI remember having Veterans Day off, many others as well. I would suggest that rather than political correctness there is something else (or perhaps many things) afoot. Veteran's day used to be a bigger holiday for many employers. Like Sunday's and other holidays it too has been heaped into another work day and another day for sales and shopping. Veteran's Day used to be a holiday. If parents are forced to work on November 11th, is it any surprise then that schools should be open? Schools actually have less freedom in their schedules as well. Fairfax County already had 2 days off this week. With state imposed dates for when school is to begin, when standardized tests are to occur, lengths of grading periods, school leaders really don't have much flexibility.11/11/2016 #8 Jim CodyIt is such a travesty and just blows my mind that our veterans have been and are ignored by the institutions and our government.
Veterans paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve keeping our country free.
@David B. Grinberg View moreIt is such a travesty and just blows my mind that our veterans have been and are ignored by the institutions and our government.
Veterans paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve keeping our country free.
@David B. Grinberg thank you for this great post bringing to others attention.
Be well, Close
- Producer11/11/2016Salute to a Special Friend on Veteran's Day Today is recognized in the United States as Veteran's Day, observed annually on Nov. 11. It honors military veterans and coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries, that mark the end of World War I....
Comments26/11/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#3 Lovin' the walk through time, culture, language, explosions, risk, cello and nostalia. My father served in the Korean war and my uncle was shot down in Vietnam, held as a POW for 9 mo before President Nixon brought him back. I am enamored that 👷🏽Babbit liked to be where the action was, even though he was a 'bleeder.' Hat's off and Salute. Lovin' what you do on Veterans: To Honor.11/11/2016 #5 John Valledor#3David, in honor of your father's faithful service to a proud and grateful nation, I would like to say, "Climb to Glory!"
By the way, that is the motto of the 10th Mountain Division. Dates back to service in WWII in the Italian campaign and their train up for war in the Colorado mountain ranges.
Today, if you were to travel to Fort Drum, NY (home of the 10th Mountain Division) you will often see and hear Soldiers saluting their officers saying, "Climb to Glory Sir!" To which officers quickly return the salute and reply with, "To the Top!"
10th Mountain Division Combat Veteran
Last shared insight. The WWII 10th Mountain Division veterans came back from that war and returned to their beloved Colorado ski ranges and established the current ski resorts that dot their picturesque ridge lines e.g., Aspen, Vail and so on. In fact, in honor of their contributions to Colorado's ski industry the state offers vehicle license plates with the 10th Mountain logo and the words, "Ski Troops!"11/11/2016 #3 David B. GrinbergThank you, Randy, for an excellent read on Veterans Day. I admire and salute your friend, as well as all U.S. veterans today and every day. My late father served in the Army, 10th Mountain Division as a 1st Lt. in the special explosives unit. The skills and experience he learned in the military were instrumental in shaping his career in the private sector as president and CEO of a textile manufacturing corporation in NYC. He was always so proud of his military experience and serving out great nation. I'll always remember the Taps salute and American flag placed over his coffin at the funeral. That flag is encased today in my home next to a photo of him as a young officer.
God Bless America and all who served -- not only today, but every day of the year.11/11/2016 #1 Pascal DerrienIts armistice day in France, my great grand father on my grand mother's side died in the Somme, we owe big time to the likes of Gary and wwhile I don't subscribe to any war or system leading to it, it would be unfair and not right not to recognize the heroism of individuals that got swallowed in those turbulent times... say hi to Gary for me :-)
- Producer28/07/2016We Know You Didn't 'Go Gentle'/ by Dr Margaret Aranda / Dedicated to Dr Allen Brown who knows what I mean all the time. Our young troops, kids yet shaving their soft beards and whiskers, went into the night with sounds all around. They did not have time to think or blink, to...
- 11/11/2016From Task and Purpose:How To Thank Veterans For Their Military Servicetaskandpurpose.com Twenty-five veterans and service members share how people should thank them for their...
- Producer11/11/2016Why Veterans Don't Use All their BenefitsOriginally published with Salute, Inc. - Veteran's Day 2014There was once a time to be the Lone Sailor, or that Stoic Soldier, standing watch over your post and our country; for Veterans, that time has passed.It's OK to grab hold of those hands...
Comments11/11/2016 #2 Jared Wiese#1 I needed to say just thanks, in a comment. Aside from that, what a great way to express what are probably common thoughts, fears and perhaps pride - that might be holding vets back in many ways.
Instead of holding back, non-vets, let's give them a hand. A real hand. A helping hand. It's the least we can do. As you said, "It's OK to grab hold of those hands reaching out to you."
Instead of holding back, vets, perhaps this post will inspire you to take some action to help yourself. Like Tony says, you might be surprised how much your American brothers and sisters would love to help you. Next thing you know, you may be helping others, again.
- 11/11/2016Happy Veterans Day to all Americans who are fortunate enough to have others who served for us.
Happy Veterans Day to all who SERVED for us.
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- 28/10/2016Unmanned Ground Vehicle Market worth 18.65 Billion USD by 2020
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- 20/10/2016Operation Give was on KUTV News this evening. Operation Give has more than doubled the goal. They need to be shipped out by November.
If you would like to donate you can do so at:
https://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/operation-christmas-stocking or www.operationgive.org
Please share this with your Family and Friends.Pay it Forward: Operation Give's Christmas Stocking Drivekutv.com (KUTV) Some people may think it's too early to be thinking about Christmas, but it's a good thing if you're helping troops stationed overseas.Operation Give is trying to fill thousands of Christmas stockings for military members before the beginning...
- 18/10/2016Here is my first Huffington Post Blog article. I wrote about Operation Give and their Christmas Stocking initiative for our deployed Troops.Operation Give and Chief Wiggles | Huffington Postwww.huffingtonpost.com When I created Ironrod Media in January of 2015 I wanted to share the stories of amazing individuals with the world. We soon were drawn to organizations...
- 13/10/2016Tired of the same old company Christmas Party? How about running a Christmas Stocking Drive for our deployed troops? Operation Give will make sure your donations are delivered to those who are deployed. We encourage competition between organizations and individuals.
You can donate funds at
https://www.plumfund.com/chari…/operation-christmas-stockingMake a Difference with your Company Christmas Partysway.com Donate Funds to...
- 12/10/2016Thank you to Mountain America Credit Union for donating $500 to Operation Give. Operation Give will be featured on KUTV's Pay it Forward segment on Wednesday, October 19th.
You can donate to Operation Christmas Stocking at https://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/operation-christmas-stocking or www.operationgive.org
- 02/10/2016We hope you are joining us at Flat Rate Doctors on Saturday for the Stocking Stuffing Drive. This is the perfect time for you to make a Soldier's Christmas. We are looking to fill and send 25,000 stockings.
We will be at 352 E. State Street from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
You can also donate cash at http://bit.ly/2dy8f1y or www.operationgive.org
Here are some items that are needed.
We are needing items to be able to stuff and send 25,000 stockings to deployed members of the Armed Forces.
We could use the following items:
Hand sanitizers, wet wipes, foot powder, candy and goodies, gum, socks, hygiene items (deodorant, shampoos, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, etc), CDs-DVDs, I-Tune cards, socks, small games, playing cards, sunscreen, body lotion, bug spray, calendar, paperback books, eye drops, sunglasses, lip balm, small flashlights, multi-functional tools, protein powder packets, Nerf footballs, toys, balls, Frisbees, hygiene items for women, shoe inserts, beef jerky, canned food, stuffed animals, office supplies, batteries, vitamins, non-perishable food items, and
whatever else you can come up
- 28/09/2016SALT LAKE CITY, UT - 09/27/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Operation Give run by Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton (Ret.) also known by Chief Wiggles will be stuffing and delivering over 25,000 stockings to be delivered to deployed military members. Operation Give will be tightly working with the USO to deliver these stockings on Christmas. This year marks the 12th year of delivering a little Christmas Joy to those who are away from their homes and family.
Operation Give is need of both supplies and donations to make sure we hit our goal of 25,000 stockings. You can donate at https://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/operation-christmas-stocking or www.operationgive.org
If you would like to donate supplies, please ship them to:
2275 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119
Operation Give has an active Thunderclap or Digital Flash Mob going on. To participate go to https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/46809-operation-christmas-stocking?locale=enOperation Give Playing Santa to Deployed Troops for 12 Years in a Rowpressreleasejet.com
- Producer19/09/2016A Letter to Santa from an American Warrior.Dear Santa, I am writing this letter to remind you that I am far from home. The Christmas Wish I have it is to keep my family safe and sound. If you can make sure they know that I love them and my heart aches from being away from their presence....
- 11/09/2016“Dark as is this hour, there is shining through the heavy overcast of fear and anger the solemn and wonderful image of the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace, the exemplar of universal love, and it is to him that we look in these circumstances. It was he who gave his life that all might enjoy eternal life. ... May the peace of Christ rest upon us and give us comfort and reassurance and, particularly, we plead that he will comfort the hearts of all who mourn."--Gordon B. Hinkley
September 11, 2001
- Producer29/08/2016The Dysfunctional Relationship: Veterans and the Veterans AdministrationOne of the many promises that are extended to anyone who decides to put on the uniform of the United States is that they will be able to be treated for conditions brought or exacerbated during their service. Recent events have shown that the...
- Producer20/08/2016TRR’s Warrior Camps Are Saving the Lives of Our VeteransSince its inception in 2013 Trauma and Resiliency Resources has conducted 8 Warrior Camp® programs. They have a 100% survival rate for those who have attended their program. Their data shows statistically significant treatment effect on PTSD,...
- 15/08/2016A veteran colleague of mine sheds light on the misdirected contrast between how military units succeed v. businesses.Army Principles in a Business Worldwww.linkedin.com For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I was once a paratrooper, an airborne infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division. Also, to be fair and to avoid any perception of stolen valor, I did...
- 14/08/2016A tip of the Hat to Robert Craw and Gulf War I - I was 21, the last best war - or so we thought.Robert Cray ~ Twenty @ Montreux Jazz Festival Robert Cray ~ Twenty @ Montreux Jazz...