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Commentaries

  • Victim blaming doesn’t solve domestic violence problem

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer

    catrina.s.francis2.civ@mail.mil

    By now, most people have seen the video or heard the story about former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancée, and now wife, Janay Palmer at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • Service animals are not pets, tool for handlers

    By TANYA DECOUX
    EEO WRP Student
    I have the greatest pleasure of being paired with a Seeing Eye Dog named “Jack”. We have traversed the United States on airplanes, trains and cars to visit family for special occasions. Each time I have had the opportunity to educate individuals on how to interact with service animals. I hope that the information I share will help how others see service animals and their handlers.

  • Resilience program increases Soldier’s well-being, self-awareness

    By SGT. 1ST CLASS GINA VAILE-NELSON

    Kentucky National Guard

  • Retiring writer, editor shares career highs

    By MAUREEN ROSE

    Gold Standard Acting Editor

    The time has come to say farewell; I’d love to share a few of the highlights in a career I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Chaos at home? Run household like CEO

    News and Experts

    All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective. It’s also something successful moms have in common, says Zenovia Andrews, a business strategist, speaker, author and mom who coaches entrepreneurs and CEOs on time and budget management.

  • Adaptive sports lead to independence, less stress

    By MATT BRISTOL

    VAntage Point Blog

    When I left the Army, it felt like I was leaving behind a part of myself. It’s a feeling that many Veterans experience as they transition from military to civilian life. Thankfully, VA was there to point me in the right direction and keep me on track with GI Bill benefits and health care at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center.

  • Many avenues open for coping with loss

    News and Experts

    The loss of a child is the worst experience of a lifetime, say many parents; but, for children, the loss of a parent can lay the foundation of a lifetime of grievances, says Karolyn Rogers.

  • Army transition program rebranding

    By JENNIFER WALLEMAN

    Fort Leavenworth Lamp

    On Oct. 1, Soldiers will begin to have a more defined plan for transitioning out of the Army with the implementation of the Soldier Life Cycle.

    This three-phase career cycle supports the Soldier for Life initiative and prepares Soldiers from the beginning of their military service, until their transition to civilian life, with the resources needed to equip them with the employment skills, training, counseling and opportunities that will enhance their marketability after military service.

  • Media violence contributing to real life behavior?

    News and Experts

    We pay large amounts of money to watch people kill one another on giant movie theater screens.

    Video games allow for players to live a psychopathic life of crime.

    America’s favorite sport, football, clearly rewards brutality.

    “Our increasing tolerance of, and lust for, vicarious violence is frightening,” says scholar L. Craig Williams, author of “The Fourth Army,” (www.lcraigwilliams.com).

  • Transition program dubbed 'TAP'

    By MAUREEN ROSE
    Gold Standard Acting Editor
    maureen.a.rose2.ctr@mail.mil
    We’ve learned a great deal about the power of a name since Shakespeare penned Romeo’s famous query “Would a rose by any other name smell so sweet?” A misnomer may give people the wrong impression or, worse yet, totally confuse them. The sister city of Boring, Oregon is Dull, Scotland; what sort of night life do you suppose they have?