Four Powerful Lessons for Memorial Day

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This weekend marks Memorial Day, a sacred day of recognition in the United States. I, like the rest of the team at Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services , will spend the weekend remembering, honoring, and mourning the United States military members who died while serving in the Armed Forces – some of whom I served with over the course of ...
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A Veteran Is Just That: A Veteran

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Diversity and inclusion frequently may take a one-size-fits-all approach. For example, recruiting and retention may focus on veterans as a whole rather than the divergent qualities that enhance thinking and execution. It's ironic that lumping veterans together as a category defined as "diverse" may cause us to ignore the individual characteristics ...
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How One Man’s Desire to Help Impacted 1.4 Million Veterans

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It seems prescient that Ross Perot's death this past Tuesday coincides the week of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services' seventh anniversary. Perot was one of the first champions of a center for excellence that would  connect the dots between organizations and individuals who wanted to assist veterans with those in the community who...
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All Gave Some. Some Gave All.

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Memorial Day is a day for reflection, dedicated to the memory of those who have died in service for our country. In my opinion, it is our obligation as a country – and as United States citizens – to never forget their achievements or sacrifice. And we should also remember the sacrifices of their families. I will carry the memory of those who died w...
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Prepping Vets for Jobs – Before They Leave the Military

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Even with record-low unemployment, it's a myth that service members who get out of the military will find employment right away. That's where the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) comes in. TMAP has been engaged in the transition of military soldiers into civilian sector careers since 2008. What differentiates this program from others is...
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Three Ideas to Advance in 2019

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This column original ran on InsideSources.com on December 26, 2018.   I disagree with the statement that our country has never been more divided. The United States has weathered serious divisions previously, the Civil War and the challenges of the 1960's being just two. President George Washington was actively undermined by his Secretary of St...
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Living a Life of Service

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Last night Dixon Center was honored to recognize two people pivotal to our organization's success through the presentation of the first annual Herbert Metzger Service Award, named for Herbert R. (Herb) Metzger (June 9, 1923 -October 7, 2013). Herb was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he trained on and flew a PT22 Steerman biplane during ...
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Making Connections From the Front Lines to the Front Office

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Thanksgiving is a very meaningful day for the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services family. Having spent several Thanksgivings in a combat zone in Iraq, I am grateful for every day I have with my family, both at home and at work. It's also important for me to thank my fellow veterans, nearly 20 million strong, who have proudly served our ...
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Moving Past The Thanks

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Veterans Day is a very special day in my family. We take time to remember the men and women with whom I have served, many of whom have eaten dinner with us, played with the kids and crashed on our couch. In the military, everyone is family. My military family now numbers 21 million — the number of veterans we commemorate today. These heroes deserve...
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Today We Remember: Army Staff Sergeant Donnie Dixon

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Donnie Dixon talked about joining the military practically from the time he said his first words. At 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and set off for boot camp. From his first days in boot camp until his untimely death at 37, Staff Sergeant Dixon was the epitome of a soldier's hero. All combat veterans display bravery on a daily basis. But Staff Se...
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