A 2016 Edelman study in partnership with the Bush Institute found that 84% of employers and 75% of civilians see veterans as heroes, but only 26% of employers and 22% of civilians think of veterans as “strategic assets” in their communities.
A 2014 survey found that 83% of Americans believe veterans are more likely to suffer from mental illness (FACT: 95% of those who struggle with PTSD are non veterans); 75% of Americans thought veterans were more likely to commit suicide (FACT: Among 18 – 40 year olds veterans commit suicide at a rate average to their non-veteran peers); and 60% of Americans thought veterans were more likely to be unemployed (FACT: In 2016, veteran unemployment is 1% lower than the national average).
Though these numbers are encouraging there are still many members of this community, of our community, that need help.
Wahoo! Wine Enthusiast Rated our wines! As with nearly everything, whether something is good or not is a personal and subjective decision. Within each varietal there are different “styles” that bring out certain characteristics of the grapes. For example, many people love a really oaky Chardonnay, and others prefer a lighter oak and more balanced like ours. In some ways it might pay to work backwards. Once you have a wine you really like, find the person that rated it highest, and maybe at least in the varietal and style you may have similar tastes. Then of course there is added complication that wines do change slightly over time and peak at different times. By all accounts we can safely say all of our wines are really good. You will just have to try them to see which one you like the best.
2013 Limited Production Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)
A trove of wild strawberry wraps around a concentration of full-bodied smoothness in this deep and brooding wine marked by a juicy core and plenty of length on the finish.
Here is the link to the full write-ups.
“It’s all love. It’s all love.” – Candace Payne
Tim and I are big fans of TED Talks. Great talks about information, inspiration, and entertainment in a small digestible video of usually 8-13 minutes. Here is one posted this week from Sebastian Junger, the author of “The Perfect Storm” and the director of the documentaries “Restrepo” and “Korengal,” his experiences with the military has led him to become an advocate for veterans. In this talk he makes a good point about the difficulties of our modern society.
I hope you take 13 minutes out of your day to listen.
UPDATE: After I posted this I got to think about Junger’s message. You may know that I graduated from West Point, United States Military Academy. I use to have a recurring nightmare that I was late for class, or late for formation. No matter what I did I couldn’t make it there on time. I would awake stressed and tired. One day after having one of these dreams I decided to make a post on my class board on Facebook. I spoke about my recurring dreams and asked if anyone else had similar experiences. I think there were roughly 70 different comments (and a lot of “likes”) of others admitting they had similar dreams or telling of their unique version. One of my classmates that had since got a degree in psychology (and happened to be my plebe roommate) said that we were all suffering from various degrees of PTSD. Note: there were severe consequences to being late. Since I made that post and realized that a significant part of my class had similarly recurring disturbing dreams, my “running late” dreams have not returned, and has been about a year now. I definitely think there is something to be said about knowing you are not alone and that there are others in your community that truly “get you.”