Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
“You manage things; you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.” –
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hooper
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
Gen. Colin Powell
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
Vice Adm. James Stockdale
I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI, and I never could get away from the war.
These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans. The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam.
The University of Southern California has a wonderful social work department, and I was thrilled to find out that they have a whole veterans’ initiative program there. They approached me, and I set up a scholarship that would go to a military-oriented person to learn techniques and skills to better help veterans.
No matter how bad any situation, cynicism has no positive impact. Watching the news, you might notice that cynicism and victimhood often seem to go hand-in-hand, but not for veterans.
As a former Airman First Class in the United States Air Force, like many veterans in America, my military experience played an important part in instilling in me a sense of character and discipline that has served me throughout my life.
All of my high school male teachers were WWII and/or Korean War veterans. They taught my brothers and me the value of service to our country and reinforced what our dad had shown us about the meaning of service.