Veterans and Ballplayers–Helping them Find Their Next Team

Armed Service, Freedom, PTSD, Team, Veterans
Military Team Members The statistics are staggering. According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 78% of National Football League (NFL) players are either bankrupt or are under financial stress within two years of retirement and an estimated 60% of National Basketball Association (NBA) players go bankrupt within five years after leaving their sport. While many of these numbers have been disputed and minimized, the facts still clearly show a large number of formerly elite athletes struggle after their careers. They struggle with the day to day, with divorce, with finding other employment, with finding meaning in their lives. The statistics between these former marquis athletes and veterans is eerie. Like the athletes, many veterans were the cream of the crop (Just don't ask Salon or the NYT). They endured challenging training, acquired skills that few in the world…
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The Problematic and Necessary Nature of Killing

Armed Service, Military Affairs, Personal Value, PTSD, Veterans
Credit Photo to the National Museum of the USAF When my dad was in Vietnam, he loved his fighter squadron.  He thought highly of his squadron mates, had great respect for most every single one of them personally and professionally.  He loved the competition to be the best, to 'do the mission' at your highest level, and  learn from each other.  The mission of a fighter pilot, put in PC terms, is to protect friendly personnel from enemy attack, to protect our freedoms, homeland, and national interests.  And those are all true.  But the technical aspects of the job often involve killing another human being before they kill you, or before they kill or maim one of your brothers in arms.  You are trained to kill, and to be very…
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