Our veterans need more than applause

There are more than 63,000 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Washington state, and more coming back all the time. And we need to find ways to connect with them.

You know when you’re on an airplane, and the flight attendant announces there are American service people onboard, and why don’t we all give them a round of thankful applause?

Sam Barrett hates that.

“I just roll my eyes,” said Barrett, 30, a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who did three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He finished active duty in May 2009, then served in the National Guard until last February.

Barrett doesn’t mean to sound ungrateful.

But while we may think we’re giving veterans a gift, to some it feels like an empty box; and the only thing we may be parting with is our own sense of guilt

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Project Management Institute Scholarship

The Puget Sound Project Management Institute  are generously offering Veterans 1 Project Management Professional (PMP) and 10 Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Scholarships.  These Certifications are in HIGH demand in the workforce and EVERY Veteran can benefit with these Certifications.

We highly encourage you to pass this onto your fellow Vets. A strong demand for this scholarship will result in more opprtunities across Washington State. So if Renton is too far to travel, be sure to send in an abundance of requests from your area to create demand in your location. This is a National Institute and they have members everywhere.

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Soulja Boy Diss the U.S. Army, Sgt Dunson Disses Him

This is not a usual post but it caught my attention. Apparently rapper Soulja Boy decided it was a great time to rap “F^*k the FBI, and F^*k all the  Army troops”. I’m not sure if he realizes the 10th anniversary  of 9/11 is coming up, but to come out and disparage soldiers at  anytime, especially during wartime is just plain ugly.

As a response, Army Sgt Dunson created a “diss” song. You can listen to it here.

*Currently there are petitions asking for his album to be pulled from PX’s at military bases worldwide.



President Obama pledges to help ‘the 9/11 generation’ of veterans.

MINNEAPOLIS — President Barack Obama committed on Tuesday to taking care of what he called “the 9/11 generation,” vowing to spare Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ health, education and employment training programs from Washington’s budget ax.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/62324.html#ixzz1WXrkj1Md

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