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Why I Support Vets

November 20, 2014

Bottom line: if someone volunteers to risk taking a bullet to protect me, I should stand up and help out. This might date back to my mid-teens, towards the end of the Vietnam war. I saw returning vets getting treated without respect. At that time, I knew that was wrong, but couldn't articulate it. Maybe… Read more »

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"Saving the World" DIY Style

September 24, 2014

People ask me how I go about figuring out what causes I really believe in and what's the most effective way to support those efforts. You can find a list of what I support specifically here. My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up… Read more »

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The Philosophies of a Nerd

July 8, 2014

Hey, I recently spoke at Nonprofit 2.0's Unconference in Washington, and it turns out, I really am a nerd. In high school, and this is 50s/60s, I really did grow up wearing a plastic pocket protector, thick black glasses taped together, and I had the requisite social skills to go with that. And even now,… Read more »

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GI Bill complaint system helps protect vets and families

February 3, 2014

A team of gov't orgs, including Veterans Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Defense, and Education are working together to help vets and military families regarding the GI Bill and other programs. There's been SOME REPORTS OF abuse by some education orgs regarding this, so they've built "a new online student complaint system where service… Read more »

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5 More Ways VA is Helping Out Vets

January 9, 2014

The Department of Veteran Affairs doesn't get the recognition they deserve. They're really working hard to help vets. As the official VA Nerd-in-Residence, I'd like to begin 2014 by reminding folks of a few of the VA's efforts. The VA is doing more and more to give homeless vets a hand. The move is part… Read more »

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Bearing witness: Shinseki does right for vets

December 19, 2013

Sometimes people in Washington do a really good job, but take a lot of crap unfairly. Sometimes it takes a "nerd-in-residence" to start to set the record straight. This is the short version; every topic below deserves longer treatment. In 2009, Eric Shinseki took over the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the mission of doing… Read more »

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