Stories & Service

Stories of growth and leadership- one book at a time

I have a story to tell but I don’t have the skills yet. And maybe I am not ready. Not knowing where to start, I picked up books in the hopes to learn from other authors. In the process I learned more about my story and how tell it. I grew into my story with every page.

The prevailing narrative on Veteran culture is incomplete. What follows are book reviews that shed just a little light on the experiences of military service and Veteran transition. There are also stories told directly by Veterans. These books and stories are helping me find the voice to my own Veteran story. Perhaps they can help you find your story too.


  • Veteran Voices: Part 2 – Behind The Generator

    November 3, 2019 by

    This post is part of a series called Veteran Voices. We owe all veterans the right to tell their story, as they see it, without our judgement. The stories that follow are told directly by Veterans. These words offer insights into the souls of our warrior class. Rather than thanking a Veteran for their service,… Read more

  • Book Review: “Radical Candor”

    October 26, 2019 by

    Author: Kim Scott Direct feedback, no problem – right? The military does feedback­­­—hardcore. Tasks have clear standards. Failure to meet the standards results in direct, swift feedback – written, verbal (perhaps this is too gentle a word), and physical. As a leader, I provided clear, objective feedback to my personnel and my unit. Out of… Read more

  • Veteran Voices: Series Introduction

    October 19, 2019 by

    Every Veteran has a story We owe all veterans the right to tell their story – as they see it – without our judgement. Delivering that story in their own unique voice can be the first, critical step to healing from the experiences of war. It is our solemn duty to listen. As citizens, we… Read more

  • Book Review: “Lost Connections”

    October 9, 2019 by

    Author: Johann Hari People not pills Smith was a good kid. A hard worker. Kinda goofy but always good natured. So when my work phone buzzed in the early afternoon on a Saturday and it was Smith, I was surprised. He told me he was going to kill himself and thanked me for being kind… Read more

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