U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kate Thornton
For years, military service has been recognized as one of the leading indicators of entrepreneurial success. According to a report by the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans are 45% more likely to be entrepreneurs than non-veterans, and over 13% of veterans have been self-employed in recent years. The traits and skills our nation’s service members possess make them great entrepreneurs.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds
On the surface, the veterans I exercise with in the gym or on the running trail appear to be doing great. But in quiet moments, sometimes between breaths on a treadmill, or unloading a barbell, core truths are revealed: It isn’t always easy. Memories are painful, and emotions are raw. They have stories to tell that require an audience.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lynette Olivares
America has emerged from the longest war in U.S. history. Our soldiers are wounded, both physically and psychologically. The effects of war on our brave men and women in uniform are becoming more and more evident, with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and multiple other wounds of war affecting our returning military population.
Hundreds of women veterans and military spouses filled the halls and conference rooms of a luxury Times Square hotel this past weekend in an effort to chart a daunting yet important step into the future.