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It's not the next president who is going to make our break this country - it’s us. September 27 2016
(NADINE NOKY SPEAKING)
Like many of you, I watched the debates last night –
And at the end, I had this overwhelming feeling of sadness and disappointed
Did you feel the same way? Maybe you had some different feelings.
Not only is our county divided right now, but I think we’re kind of in a depression- and it’s not an economical one.
And it’s not because of these two candidates –
Or that we’re lacking leadership in D.C - No, it’s about us.
And on what we’re lacking leadership in.
And that’s in our cities, our schools, in our neighborhoods, on our streets,
And in EVEN our homes.
15 Years ago our country came together by the tragedy of 9/11. For once we were united, able to help and heal our nation and coming together with our friends our family and our neighbors for our country.
We shouldn't have to wait for another tragedy or an act of violence for it to be be the reason we come together
It can happen RIGHT now.
Ask yourself- When is the last time you helped a stranger, called a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while just to see how they’re doing, mentored a colleague, or volunteered at a local organization for a worthy cause?
Or even spent some one on one time with your children?
While we’re judging these candidates, reading and reacting to the comments on Facebook, complaining about things we have no control over
While we are complacently sitting by and watching our communities and our homes fall apart
Our country wasn’t founded on our similarities, but on being able to come together in spite of those differences and to take action when necessary.
And that what makes our nation great. Thats what makes us stand out from the rest is the world
At least it has up until now,
Right now- it’s about taking a long hard look in the mirror and asking yourself
What are you doing to contribute to or take away from this great country?
I don’t believe that this is what previous generations of Americans had in mind or what our military brothers and sisters sacrificed their lives for
No, I think they believed that this country was great, that it would ALWAYS be great-
And if we stop believing that - we stop doing our part- and we are letting all previous and future generations of Americans down.
It’s time to make a difference - and it can only start with you and with me - not who is in the White House.
Please take a moment and see how can make difference.
If you found this video valuable - share - and let me know what your doing to make a difference in your community today.
What would you want the public to know about veterans? November 07 2015
This November, Nadine Noky, the founder of Lady Brigade will be speaking publicly on her military experience and what it means for her to be a veteran; However, she knows she is only one person within a vast community of brave men and women, all of whom have varying degrees of experiences and thoughts that are equally, if not more important than here own. Her goal during this November and moving forward, is to share the voices of other veterans, to give every veteran an opportunity to be heard.
If there is one thing you could share about being a veteran, what would it be?
Email your response to: firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, branch of service, years of service (feel free to submit a photo too!) (Example: Jane Smith, US Army 2002-2007) and Ms. Noky will work to make all your comments heard this November.
**** Please note, by submitting an email response, you are agreeing to share your comments publicly and Lady Brigade may use your email submission for future blogs, articles and publications that relate to sharing veteran experiences.
While I enjoyed being in the military, I disliked the feeling of being tied down; carrying the weight of one decision I had made that essentially affected my life, at least, for the next couple of years. I can’t think of many other jobs that require you to sign a contract to stay for X amount of years, save for something like signing a music contract (I wish) or, you know, playing for the Yankees. So, a few months before I got out I couldn’t wait; I was excited! I was looking forward to a new chapter in my life, and I recall thinking a number of times, “I will never, EVER miss the Army or this place” As it turned out, I was wrong. I do miss it, and here are a just few reasons why:
(Image Source: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/303388/army-reserve-2010-best-warrior-competition-army-physical-fitness-test#.VWaGGFxVikrby SFC Mark Burrell, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.)
Although I desperately try to stay in shape now, it was so much easier when someone else told me to exercise. Exercising at 6:30am was tough, especially if it was a late night. However, I figured that if I was out of bed and on the field, I would get the most out of it. I pushed myself every morning and many evenings to be in the best shape of my life. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy when it isn’t part of your work day.
(Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/6SWzFD Phillip Stewart identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.)
I don’t care what you say, even if the food wasn’t great, you pretty much always had access to a meal cooked for you. Even an MRE required little preparation: just heat and eat. And yes, I will still trade you my M&M’s for your peanut butter.
If you are lucky enough in the civilian sector to get a uniformed job, cherish it, don’t take it for granted! I always knew what to wear every day; no guess work. No matching, no ironing, no color coordinating, no high heels. You get the point. It was easier, and let’s face it, much more comfortable!
(Image Source:: https://flic.kr/p/8cG9uK By: DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence, U.S. Air Force. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence, U.S. Air Force.)
Although I took a handful of college courses while I was enlisted, I was an idiot for not taking more. Free. College. Classes. A perk provided while on active duty. Sure, it’s tough to balance work with school, but it’s worth it when you realize that the benefits far outweigh the negatives (especially when one is temporary and the other is permanent. I seriously miss this perk, and yes it is true, I used the G.I Bill after leaving the service to earn a degree, I only imagine how much further I could have gone, had I dedicated more time to my education while I was still serving.
(Image Source: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/148972/leadership-gives-holiday-gift-barracks-marines photo by: by Cpl Unique B. Roberts)
Before someone says it, yes, you were charged some crazy, minuscule food/housing fee when you first joined the military and stayed in the barracks, but in all seriousness, where else do you get a furnished place and three meals for just a few dollars a day? Some days when I’m paying my rent, food, utilities, and clothing, I miss those simple days- - Minus the random G.I Parties.
Vacation Time / Leave
Since I have left the military, I have not had a civilian job that has ever provided me 30 days of paid vacation a year. At my last corporate job, it was a luxury just to have 2 weeks paid vacation a year and most of those days were on reserve for when my son fell sick. Having 30 days a year, plus additional 3-4 day weekends, made visiting friends and family much more frequent and easier occurrence than now.
(Image Source:: https://flic.kr/p/8kxH4n Photographer: unknown)
Friendship has to be at the top of my list of things that I miss the most. Let’s face it: if and when you prepare to go to war with a group of strangers, you pretty much form an instant bond and friendship that no one else in the civilian world can understand. For most of us, these friendships literally meant laying your life on the line for someone else. Most of my closest friendships to this day are a result of my time in the military and I treasure them above all else.
"Please excuse the typos - I'm an artist, not a writer"
-Nadine Noky, Army Veteran & Founder of LadyBrigade.com