Kyle Dykstra

Kyle Dykstra is a former paratrooper and forward observer with the 82nd Airborne Division, serving two deployments in eastern and southern Afghanistan. He previously has worked as a security protective specialist for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in Iraq. Upon returning to the U.S., he completed his degree in terrorism and counterterrorism studies from Henley Putnam University and worked as a veterans outreach representative in his local congressional district.

Recent articles from Kyle Dykstra

U.S. Army Maj. Stewart Brown, 55th Signal Company, jumps from a UH-60 Black Hawk, from 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment, during airborne operations at Plantation Airpark, Sylvania, Ga., March 20, 2015. Operation Skyfall is a joint, multilateral combat camera subject matter expert exchange, hosted by the 982nd Combat Camera Company, which takes place at multiple locations in Georgia. Operation Skyfall is an event which focuses on interoperability of combat camera training and capturing airborne operations with three partner nations and multi-service units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb/Released)
So You’re A Veteran — Now What?
An Army veteran shares his thoughts on how this generation of veterans can contribute to their communities once they're home.
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Veterans Benefits
Joni Ernst’s Veteran Mental Health Care Bill Isn’t The Solution Vets Need
The solution to mental health care for veterans shouldn't be to send them to the private sector.
Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), board an MV-22B Osprey during flight operations on the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22), Dec. 23.
There Are Some Important Questions We Need To Ask About The Fight Against ISIS
The question for the U.S. and other nations is how do we effectively combat ISIS’s ideology and chip away at its goals?
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Veterans Benefits
7 Tips For How To Interact With Your Congressional Office
You don’t have to use a congressional office for any casework issues, but if you do, this should provide you some ideas on how to be successful.
Iconic image from the movie "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise.
The 4 Military Stereotypes That War Movies Get Right
There are some military stereotypes that Hollywood seems to be getting right.
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Don’t Tell Me We Lost The War In Afghanistan
You may say we didn’t win in Afghanistan, but you’ll never hear me say we lost.