Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself!
(By the way, where did March go?!)
On the airwaves!
I joined Jason Piccolo and my famous Buddy Ben on Jason's podcast, PicREP, this week. Jason is a veteran of the United States Army as well as a former special agent and supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security. He patrolled trafficking corridors as a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the San Diego and Mexico Border. Piccolo went on to disrupt major narco-smuggling organizations and landing an assignment to the prestigious White House Security Council's Human Smuggling Cell.
He started PicREP as the the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. to give everyone a short reprieve from the news at to spread positivity and joy. We had a good time talking about family, what we're doing for fun these days and we shared a few words of support for everyone impacted by the virus.
If you'd like, you can listen/watch on YouTube: https://bit.ly/33QCDQb
Stop Soldier Suicide... still going strong!
Our friends at Stop Soldier Suicide aren't going anywhere during this time of uncertainty. Per an email sent this week by Chris Ford, Air Force veteran and CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide, the organization has seen a dramatic escalation in demand for service.
If you can, please consider donating a few dollars to the cause.
Their service model, validated by eight internationally-renowned suicide experts, is saving lives every day through crisis management, planning, coaching, continuum of care, and more.
Any book recommendations?
It's funny... last week I was burning through books and this week I have slowed WAY down. I plan to start On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman today and have two more in queue. I'm increasingly interested in this topic and how it connects to the difficulty in transitioning from the military to civilian life.
Are you reading anything right now? What recommendations do you have?
If you're interested in On Killing, you can see it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2wFM0G5
Have I told you about BlogOps?
BlogOps is an often neglected brain child of mine... I'm able to share individual stories of military to service through the Original Combat Flag, but I can do only so many Originals at a time. That's where BlogOps comes in. It's an idea I had a few years ago, but haven't done a great job of fully leveraging due to, well, life. But I'm REALLY trying to change that. Long story short, BlogOps is a library of service-member submitted stories chronicling their service. If you or a loved one would be interested in sharing your/their story, please head to the link below. I've created really easy tool to capture submissions, basically only needing your/their thought and time.
Head here: http://bit.ly/3a3BJSp
Alright, that wraps up this week's edition of Just a Few Things. I encourage you to leave a comment on this post or on social media to let me know a few things of your own!
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