I decided to create this blog as an addition to The Wise Blackhawk blog that I started in September 2016. Over the first two months, several fellow veterans mentioned to me that as a continuation of our informal mentorship of transitioning North Carolina based veterans, the blog concept may be a great way to extend the reach beyond the local area, by providing relevant advice to navigate the change into the civilian world.
Throughout my life, it has been my core competency, my natural inclination, to help others overcome challenges by providing inspiration and clear perspectives to those who seek my counsel. As I think back to my earliest memories, I have always been a person that others gravitated towards for perspective. This applied to my older siblings, schoolmates, teammates, friends, peers and co-workers, regardless of culture, gender, race, religion, age, or any other perceived barrier. When I conduct a self-assessment, this emerges as a clear strength.
I believe others sense in me a genuine interest to get involved, and recognize my record of personal achievement in a variety of endeavors. Additionally, many appreciate my accumulation of knowledge on the characteristics and habits of successful people, gained through a lifelong study of past achievers.
They observe my sincere desire for self-improvement, and witness that I constantly strive towards meaningful goals with positive expectations and an infectious enthusiasm. Most importantly, they know that I value the personal connections and emotional rewards that come from helping another human being without regard for personal gain.
My respect, admiration and connection to the patriotic members of the armed forces community sources from my earliest memories as a child living on an U.S. Army base in Zweibrucken, Germany. The military community was filled with camaraderie, fellowship, common objectives and a sense of purpose.
In the 1960s and 1970s, I felt no sense of the social, racial or class strife in the military community that characterized society during that time period. It was a wonderful childhood. When I served as an adult in the U.S. Army, more than twenty years later, I felt that same sense of community and patriotism, which is primarily the reason I want to help veterans in their transition.
The evolution of technology has created an exceptional opportunity to increase the number of veterans that can benefit from the sharing of valuable perspectives and experiences. In my busy life as a corporate bond salesman at Wells Fargo, and as a family man of three active children, I often wonder if I am contributing enough as a mentor, and sharing my experiences with vets.
As I was building The Wise Blackhawk blog, it became clear that the concept could also help the veteran community. This blog is a bridge that connects my goal to help more veterans, with the limited time available. Bridges, especially The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, in Maryland, has additional significance to me. As a youth, I was fearful of crossing it, yet it stood between me and a visit to the beach, so I crossed it.
My goal is to share this blog with as many of you who value the content contained in these posts. The target audience is primarily transitioning veterans.
I intend to write clearly and candidly, with the integrity and directness that I have demonstrated throughout my life. I have decided to name the blog “Advice For Vets”. This name is clear and straightforward.
The blog will include some relevant articles sourced from The Wise Blackhawk blog, original content, guest posts from other veterans, and A Veteran’a Story section. I welcome any veteran, in any field, so contact me and share in The Veteran’s Story section, as I believe the lessons learned are invaluable to transitioning vets. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your feedback via the comments section is sincerely appreciated as I aim to deliver a meaningful product. I am very excited to embark on this exciting journey with you, and I hope the site helps you to manage the transition from military service to civilian life…