Dennis Anderson served with 3/8 armor Cavalry on the East German border in Cold War Germany, 1972-1975. He has worked as a news man ever since, in newspapers, UPI and Associated Press. With two embed trips to Iraq/Kuwait in 2003-2004 with California National Guard, he contributed column/blogs about the war to Editor & Publisher. He holds a master's degree in social work with military emphasis, and holds much closer a Marine son who survived the second battle of Fallujah.
In understanding the culture divide between the civilian and military sectors of the United States, sometimes it's a matter of the military reaching out to civilians, accepting a simple "thank you" for service, or helping civilians understand why maps are needed.
Photo by Dorothea Lange for the War Relocation Authority
With the end date of World War II fast approaching its 70th anniversary, there will be a swell of articles about what the United States did, what the Allies achieved, and what the largest and most calamitous conflict in world history tells us about human nature.
For Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — a Navy Reserve officer who leads the nation's second largest city — and for formerly homeless Army veteran and single mom, Vanessa Lopez, the journey to Tuesday's veterans career summit was intensely personal.