Too many veteran programs concentrate on sad stories, personal tragedies and breathtaking heroism. The vast majority of veterans fall somewhere in between. The challenge they all face during transition is in finding new purpose, because in the military they had it. The goal for all of us should be to help them discover and attain a new, equally satisfying purpose in the private sector. This excellent and emotional video (8 min) describes the Wyakin program through the eyes of three wounded veterans. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I support this foundation because it empowers wounded and injured veterans…

What do they have in common? Holy cow, they will all be in Boise this weekend for the Guardian Ball (December 3rd) to raise money in support of wounded and injured veterans pursuing careers! GUARDIAN Paul Combs, a real life firefighter blessed with unfair supernatural talent, has drawn an original piece of art he calls GUARDIAN as a tip of the hat to the Wyakin Foundation, since Wyakin is a Native American term meaning Guardian Spirit. RAT FINK Any motor head or drag racing fan knows Rat Fink art. Originally created in the 1950s by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth as…

Today I give thanks for the love and safety of my family and the warm embrace of friendship. I thank the Lord that we live in a country where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are so much a part of our lives that we rarely even stop to think about how lucky we really are. And I give thanks for those who have sacrificed to make all of that possible. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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