Second Lt. Doug Pringle was stunned when a group of disabled World War II veterans walked into his room at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco in November 1968 and invited him to go ski-ing. With one leg severed and the other leg shattered by a North Vietnamese grenade just five months earlier, Pringle quickly refused.
He reconsidered after his buddies came back from their first outing with stories of hanging out in bars with beautiful women.
As the 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen has borne the burden of change, most pro-foundly by steering his massive fleet and force out of the Department of Transportation and into new and unwieldy seas in the global war on terrorism under the Department of Homeland Security.
As both Atlantic-area and Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic commander, Allen earned praise by directing the Coast Guard's East Coast response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The new U.K. prime minister is not likely to share his predecessor's unqualified love of America.
BY ALAN W. DOWD
When Tony Blair took the helm of the United Kingdom in May 1997, he invited President Bill Clinton to address a cabinet meeting in London - a first for a foreign leader. It was an early indication that Blair took what he described as a "special relationship" very seriously.
Ten years and three wars later, Blair is gone. And Gordon Brown is in. It's difficult to imagine Brown ever inviting President Bush to sit in on a cabinet meeting.
What does it mean to be a veteran business owner?
In 1999, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 – Public Law 106-50 – went into effect, and suddenly there was a whole new meaning to being an entrepreneur who also happened to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Since before World War II and the Korean War, it was considered an honor and a duty to employ and do business with U.S. veterans.