Our Best War Stories

We’ve all heard it: the blustering War Story that starts with “So there I was…” and invokes a mental eye-roll, an internal response that is partly “Here we go again” and mostly “I really wish I had topped off my beer.” The anthology Our Best War Stories is the opposite of that. It is a riveting collection of short stories and poetry written by brave people who have clearly grappled with the highs and lows of the human condition. 

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The Debrief Series: William Ressler

On this day, I have the honor of interviewing William Ressler, a former Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in a niche of the marines that most people don’t think of, Parachute Rigging, specifically attached to some higher-level units. He is now a proud disabled veteran whose battle with mental health is a testament to his strong will and perseverance. In this interview, he holds nothing back as he expresses wisdom and has advice that everyone should take a moment to listen to. Everyone is fighting a battle and you may not be able to see it. This account may just give you a reality check.

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The Morality Conflict Series: For What is Right

s. A loud bang echos through the room as one of our lead supervisors comes stomping into the lounge area. “So, are we making any progress? Or are you all as stupid as I assume you are?” The massive Italian man yelled as he strode past us, looking over our shoulders and inspecting us for any potential flaws that he could write us up for. “Well? Is no one gonna answer me? Ah I see, I guess it’s International Disrespect a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Day. I wonder how we will celebrate. No suggestions? Sounds like an additional chapter of memorization due today.” He smiles mischievously, thinking that he has indeed taught us quite the lesson.

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Oath of Enlistment – It’s Your Oath!

You’ve taken the Oath of Enlistment to the Constitution, and perhaps administered it, too.

When’s the last time you read the U.S. Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, though? Your perspective on the meaning of those words changes over time. Revisit it now!

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Military Career Transition

Transitioning from the military can be very stressful. The work culture in a private sector company can be very different from the culture of the military. There may be a steep learning curve for military members as they transition from Active Duty. Author and U.S. Army veteran William Kieffer have focused his post-military career on helping veterans successfully make the transition and aiming this book at those in the military to share the perspective of an employer in the private sector. 

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War and Resistance in the Philippines, 1942-1944

A few days after departing the Philippines in 1942 to command the defense of Australia and prepare offensive forces against Japan, General MacArthur coined the now famous phrase, “I came through and I shall return.” This simple phrase gave the guerillas, with modest American in-country support, the confidence and hope that the United States would return in sufficient numbers to expel the Japanese in due time.  

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