Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

According to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, demand for services by veterans peaks about four decades after a conflict ends. The year 1978 was relatively quiet for active American military personnel, besides a brief Air Force involvement in South Zaire. Yet today, in 2018, the demand for veteran services is as high as many observers can remember it ever being.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Student Veterans of America Flickr photo

Last weekend, more than 1,100 student veterans and nearly 600 administrators, business leaders, nonprofit professionals, and advocates came together to celebrate student veterans and more importantly, channel their collective strengths toward future opportunities.

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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens

On Oct. 8, Starbucks and the Schultz Family Foundation convened government, nonprofit, and corporate leaders from around the country in their Seattle headquarters for “The Muster,” a one-day event focused on bringing together collective leadership to advance veterans in their careers and communities. While many of the attendees included the usual stakeholders and advocates seen at similar events, this invite list included many new faces that brought new ideas and new opportunities to the conversation.

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U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham

A quick review of recent articles about veteran employment shows a significant uptick in interest concerning entrepreneurship. In the last seven weeks alone, no less than seven articles found their way into popular outlets touting opportunities for veterans to learn how to start their own business. Headlines like “Vets bring DIY attitude to business startups,” “Unleashing The Entrepreneurial Potential Of Veterans,” and “Texas Academy Helps Veterans Launch Small Businesses” reflect the enthusiasm behind the recent trend.

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U.S. Army photo by Spc. Armando Limon

As I travel around the country engaging the veteran-serving community, I hear the same thing all the time: “Not another nonprofit.”

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