Suits in Boots

Congratulations to the rock star commenters for October! The top three commenters for October were Kelli Maggio, Brian Gardner and Wendy Daniels, all of whom will receive a copy of Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell.  The top commenter, Kelli Maggio,  wins an autographed copy of the book! Sean Parnell will be speaking  at “Operation Grateful […]

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Think Like a Warrior and Identify Your Mission

(For the month of October,  my top five commenters will receive a copy of Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell.  In this vivid account of the U.S. Army’s legendary 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary […]

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Reaching a Decision – A Seven Step Process

(For the month of October,  my top five commenters will receive a copy of Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell.  In this vivid account of the U.S. Army’s legendary 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary […]

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“Boots on the Ground” – What Does That Look Like?

What exactly does it mean to have “boots on the ground”?   The military term is used to convey that “military success can only be achieved through the direct physical presence of troops in a conflict area.”  If you are a civilian with “boots on the ground” it means that to achieve the desired success you […]

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Making A Difference With Boots on the Ground

I am in the mortgage business and my  team and I help individuals obtain financing to purchase  a home.   The majority of our clients are military clients and our mission statement is to “….make a difference in the lives of the people who are making a difference”.  This past week-end, we had the opportunity  to […]

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U.S. Army World Class Athletes: Pursuing the Dream in the 2012 Olympics

When a world class athlete joins the United States Army, their dreams of becoming an Olympian do not have to die with their enlistment. They are encouraged to compete and are even provided the opportunity to continue in the highest levels of competition through the U.S. Army World-Class Athlete Program and the Army Marksmanship Unit. […]

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On This Day in History: Women Accepted For Volunteer Emergency Services in WWII

On this day in history, July 30 1942, seventy years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act establishing the WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services. I love the poster above.  This woman is a control tower operator. Operators received their special training at Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Georgia. The preferred candidate was […]

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June is PTSD Awareness Month – How Can YOU Serve?

One of my mortgage offices is located in Leesville, Louisiana, the home of the Army base of Fort Polk, Louisiana.  Almost daily, I have a soldier in my office, and many of those soldiers are just home from war.  PTSD is common among our clients as you might well imagine. The Department of Veterans Affairs […]

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Am I Worth Dying For?

Read about Eleanor Roosevelt and you realize that she knew war intimately.  Much closer than any of us can even imagine.  She was a true patriot.  And not just in word, but in deed.  As a volunteer, she walked among the bloated, unburied bodies  of soldiers killed in World War I.   She flew in uninsulated […]

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Now That’s a Winning Hand – My Heroes at the Poker Table

I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand.   ~Jonathan Swift I know little about the game of poker.   My husband is a self-employed cattleman and farmer and I am a commissioned sales professional.   I have always felt those two things alone were “gamble” enough for my life. But several of […]

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