March 12, 2020 3 min read 2 Comments

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! Let’s get to it:

  • A quote I've been thinking about: “The psychological effect of the statistical world picture: it displaces the individual in favor of anonymous units that pile up into mass formations.” ― C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self

    A friend and I have had a handful of meaningful conversations about expanded thinking in the veteran community as we explored a number of issues and opportunities we've both recognized. Following one of these conversations he sent me a few books that he's found helpful in expanding his thinking on the veteran/military predicament in post-service life.

    This quote comes from one of the books he sent and it's simultaneously brought on a great amount of peace and angst. Peace in that, relative to Combat Flags, I'm on the right path in my work to share individual stories of service and sacrifice to the nation in a way that brings service down to the individual level. Angst in that, relative to today's society, the individual voice isn't received. Today's political environment being a prime example in that we're lumped together by identity or category, ultimately negating the individualistic needs of society by aggregating us into a mean score/identity/category that doesn't actually exist.

    Anyhow, I recommend the book. You can see it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2TLsoJu

  • Something I'm committing to improve upon: I'm committing to being a strong, positive voice for the veteran community. In all honesty, I've been "hiding" behind Combat Flags for the better part of the last year due to things going on with my corporate gig, but I'm recently coming out of a big project and realized that I miss being out in front for Combat Flags and for the issues I care about.

    One area I think I can bring value is highlighting the difficulty in transitioning out of the military. I've got a number of topics based on my own experience I'd love to cover and am in the early stages of outlining future blog posts to get to these issues.

    I'm also an avid reader (as you can tell from my first thing) and am diving into other books (thanks to Stop Soldier Suicide for sending one of them) specific to suicide and suicide theory. I'd like to use these, and many, many more as a catalyst to help share some of the theories on suicide from all sides.

    Stay tuned here for more and hold me accountable if there's something you think I can improve upon or you'd like to see addressed.

  • Something I’m frustrated with: I'll give you a clue... it begins with Face and ends with book. Combat Flags is largely operated via social media, meaning i have to play the game called Facebook advertising. I thought I had a pretty good grip on it until recently. For some unknown reason things just aren't working anymore... and Facebook's response is to "continue to test," really meaning spend more money. Any tips? Let me know!

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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2 Responses

Michele
Michele

March 17, 2020

Heads up – I sent the page a message via FB messenger regarding FB and advertising. Hope it helps you like it did me!

Pat Towle
Pat Towle

March 13, 2020

Dan,
I want you to know I think you are doing a fantastic thing to assist in the area of veteran suicide and all of it’s related issues.
Though I never served in the military, I have a great concern for the way our veterans are being treated. We, as a nation, ask these men and women, at a very young age, to make a life choice to enter the military and to do things most of us would never dream of doing.
As a retired, career law enforcement officer I can relate to what these young men and women are asked to do. The idea of coming face to face with people intent on doing harm to others and the possible outcome of taking another’s life, isn’t an easy choice.
Up until the last few years, law enforcement officers were viewed as the “last bastion of defense between society and the bad guys”. However, now law enforcement seems to be the bad guy in society’s eyes.
Okay then, enough of my ranting. I have a question for you. I have some BDU pants I no longer fit in, would you be able to use them? There are no stories associated with them, they were just used in training situations.
Let me know and I will send them to you.
Keep up the good work and the blog postings, as I do enjoy reading them.
God bless you, your family and all our veterans, as well as your business efforts.

Pat

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