Finding My Way Home

A Full Heart

A Full Heart

Last week, after a good day of splitting firewood with my family, we gathered around our table to talk. We looked at each other and went to the task of digging into what really happened to all of us in the green and very saturated mountains of Vermont. All through the...

The Crutch

The Crutch

Not long ago on the trail a true friend looked me in the eye and confronted my jaded cynical crutch that has been all to common a companion in recent years of my life. These sharp and surgical words from my fellow traveler cut me quickly into the most needed place of...

Disability

Disability

For the last two years I have observed first hand the current process and system that has been designed to help transition our nations combat veterans back to their civilian communities and lives. I am deeply thankful for my care team and family for walking with me...

Honoring the Gift of Sacrifice

Honoring the Gift of Sacrifice

What drives or convicts a common citizen to voluntarily and sacrificially give everything for other's that they don't know? Every military service member takes an oath and agrees to the possibility of the ultimate sacrifice...only after being completely informed and...

Mission

Mission

"Carry as little as possible. But choose that little with care.” - Earl Shaffer I will always have the Warrior Ethos as a part of my heart, a part of my character, and it will always be woven into the deepest parts of me as a Soldier. How can anyone put on and embody...

Situation

"Walking off the war..." - Earl Shaffer  After the military is done with the few service members and their military families that have survived the vicious onslaught of multiple back to back (and extended) combat deployments, the needed months of training build...