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Blog Posts Categorized: Veterans And Military Families

6 reasons to make a difference

March 17, 2014

Folks, I believe that it's important to help people out when you're able to, and that means making a difference. It doesn't have to be big stuff to really create change. A lot of the work I do on craigconnects involves quiet, back-channel communications, which I might never go public with. Mostly you hear from me… Read more »


Supporting some nonprofits, and some not, here's the deal

October 11, 2013

For well over ten years, a whole bunch of nonprofit orgs (NPOs) have asked me for assistance, and I think I've gone way above and beyond to help as much as I could. The vehicle for all that is now, where I support some causes for the short term, while learning how to do… Read more »


The nerd-in-residence

September 13, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has named me a "nerd-in-residence." You can find more under VA team bios > Craig Newmark. I really am a nerd, old-school, wore a plastic pocket protector, and glasses taped together, in the early sixties. I can now simulate social behavior for an hour, two hours tops, but then I… Read more »


Interview: Swords to Plowshares

July 30, 2013

Hey there, as many of you know, I gave $50k to the CrowdRise Veterans Charity Challenge earlier this month. The total money raised for Veterans and Milfams exceeded $448,000.   In my #VetsChallenge wrap up post, I asked you to stay tuned for the interviews I'd be conducting with two great orgs, both winners of… Read more »


Help me give back to military families via

May 7, 2013

Okay, teachers in a lot of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families. Remember that the families of active service troops also serve when troops are deployed. A really good way to give teachers and military families a break is via They're a great example of how… Read more »


Big IT development at Dept of Vets Affairs

February 28, 2013

(from the dept of giving-credit-where-it's-due) VistA is the Dept of Vets Affairs health record system, and it's been a huge success. VA has open sourced it, which is remarkable achievement for Washington, a really big deal. It means that anyone can improve it or interface with it. Check out the VA Medical Appointment Scheduling… Read more »