There are plenty of obvious career opportunities for men and women separating from the military. The skills, knowledge, and mindset a person acquires in the service translate seamlessly into jobs in law enforcement, defense contracting, and project management. Then there are the less obvious opportunities. When James D. Dever, a former Recon Marine, retired from the Marine Corps as a sergeant major in the late ‘90s, he identified one such opportunity and seized it.

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With Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” going into nationwide release Jan. 16, many Iraq vets will be heading to theaters to get a look at the first feature film to give the war an extended “boots-on-the-ground” treatment. The Hollywood blockbuster's adaptation of the late Chris Kyle’s autobiography has received mostly positive reviews, but veterans will be judging Eastwood’s version of the story by an entirely different standard.

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