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Published Work: Swords to plowshares: A military family’s transition to homesteading

Despite zero experience farming, Col. Steve and Nancy Dawson have joined the ranks of veteran farmers by establishing their Honking Goose Homestead.

Published Work: Lack of cyber talent remains a national security threat

“America’s cybersecurity workforce is a strategic asset that protects the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.”

Published Work: Colorado soldiers aid homeless as part of COVID-19 mission

My article on what Reserve and National Guard units are doing to help the homeless in Colorado highlights how the military serves in humanitarian missions during crisis.

Published Work: Former homeless veteran to be First Lady’s State of the Union guest

A former soldier who overcame drug addiction and homelessness is among the First Lady’s special guests tonight for President Trump’s 3rd State of the Union address.

Published Work: 20,000 soldiers set to deploy to Europe for Defender Europe 20

My article in Military Families Magazine is about one of the largest training exercise since the end of the Cold War, Defender Europe...

Published Work: A war refugee’s journey to the US Army

I am proud to have been vetted and accepted to serve in the U.S. Army as an officer and was entrusted with America’s precious resources: American soldiers,” US Army Lt. Col. Lan Dalat...

Published Work: “Who are you after your service member leaves the military?”

  "Whether serving a few years or retiring, the Department of Defense provides a resource to complement the stages of military life. When the time comes to go back to civilian life, military spouses who are immersed in the military lifestyle may not know where...

Published Work: “Is your military family safe online?”

“A survey paints an alarming picture of what kids are encountering online, while more than half of parents admit to not monitoring activity.

Nearly one-third of adolescents said they met someone online who claimed to be someone they were not, using fake photos and fake identities, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, while other findings reveal only 41% of parents say they check their teenager online versus 68% who monitor children under 9 years old. At a time when digital users are connected daily at school, work and home, experts recommend families take stock of their cyber fitness.”

Published Work: “Mental health: A war veteran’s message of hope”

Former Spc. Chris Blevins, war veteran, has a message for other veterans, military members and families struggling with mental health issues, especially suicide: There is hope.

Blevins’ 14 years of service as an Army military policeman included a tour in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2007 and Iraq in 2009. He thought of his job as rewarding, but Blevins details how a series of traumatic events and setbacks sent him down a path of depression, alcohol and prescription drug abuse, to a moment he thought his only solution was suicide.

Published in Augusta University’s Literary Journal, “Sand Hills:” Mutilated Crumbs and Gummy Worms: Part 1

My War Story by Elizabeth Aslakson “Here Lies Lizzy. She cleaned up crap well! This is the epitaph that will go on my gravestone,” I mumbled while stutter stepping on the floating sheets that would not submerge in the whirlpool bathtub. We had just moved from Ft....

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