As seniors in college when the Twin Towers fell, we were uniquely positioned at a historic turning point — politically, economically, militarily — and we felt the need to share the experiences that reflect a generation of 2.
Executing that vision was a team effort. There are another 30 co-authors who wrote and helped during the three year process. Over other members of the Class of supported the book as well. We think that it is a book that can be read by young and old alike, military and civilians.
The stories are short and inspirational, providing insight from up and coming military leaders. They would make great leadership case studies for any group working through particular issues. The broader theme goes beyond military service to command, citizenship and government. The veterans of the Long War will be the reservoir of excellence leading our country in the decades ahead.
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The reader will derive pride by reading the stories in this book — they reflect the very best proof that America remains exceptional. And by honoring veterans in the book, we also want to cultivate a national dialogue surrounding the enduring qualities that make America great. These qualities — cherished, defended and exemplified by our veterans, are worth discussing as we continue to grapple with strategic decisions for America.
This is why the book is not-for-profit. All author proceeds go to a trust to support veteran organizations. JE: The book is structured thematically. Only a small portion is about the Naval Academy so that readers understand the experience in Annapolis.
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But I imagine that is a pain Lisa Freeman lives with every day. Plaster shared his perspectives on the future of our military, our country, and our citizens. Lisa has channeled her grief into starting a nonprofit organization to carry on outreach work in Afghanistan that Matt had started during his deployment.
He had noticed that the Afghan children would rather have paper and pens than food and water, so early in his deployment, Matt asked Lisa, a schoolteacher, if she would take up a collection of school supplies that he could give to the local children. While Graham graduated from the U. Both were part of the first class to graduate into war since Vietnam. In the book, now an L.
These midshipmen were soon to graduate from the Naval Academy into a nation at war, the first officers to do so since Vietnam. The men and women of the Class of lost their youth to a decade of deployments and their innocence on battlefields in distant places.
Each story provides a glimpse into the lives of modern day Navy or Marine Corps officers who were faced with unique challenges and sacrifices. Their stories poignantly explain the trials of war and reveal a world many don't understand. This discussion is free and open to the public.
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