Showing posts with label #Veterans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Veterans. Show all posts

Friday, January 26, 2024

๐Ÿ““IMATRIX: Veteran Career Master Classes๐Ÿ““

๐Ÿ““IMATRIX: Veteran Career Master Classes๐Ÿ““

๐Ÿ“š Source: (n.d.). Master class videos. Retrieved January 15, 2024

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

๐Ÿ”ฅIMSPARK: Veterans Fire Corps: A New Opportunity for Pacific Veterans๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿ”ฅImagine... Veterans Fire Corps: A New Opportunity for Veterans๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate: 

Veterans who join the Veterans Fire Corps gain valuable skills, experience, and camaraderie while protecting the natural resources and communities of the region from wildfires.



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2023, July 14).

๐Ÿ’ฅ What’s the Big Deal: 

The Veterans Fire Corps is a program that provides training and employment opportunities for veterans who are interested in pursuing careers in wildland fire management. ๐ŸŒฒThe program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, and several non-governmental organizations. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธThe program aims to help veterans transition to civilian life, enhance their physical and mental well-being, and serve their country in a new way. The program could also benefit the Pacific region, which faces increasing threats from wildfires due to climate change, invasive species, and human activities. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿš’By joining the Veterans Fire Corps, veterans can help protect the environment and the people of their home islands, as well as other parts of the country and the world.

#WildFire, #VFC,#Pacific,#Veterans,#IMSPARK,

Sunday, December 17, 2023

๐ŸŽ–️IMSPARK: Employment Trends for Veterans with Disabilities๐ŸŽ–️

๐ŸŽ–️Imagine... Employment Trends for Veterans with Disabilities๐ŸŽ–️

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate: 

Veterans with disabilities achieve greater independence and quality of life through evidence-based vocational rehabilitation and supportive employment policies.

๐Ÿ”— Link: 

๐Ÿ“š Source:

Houtenville, A., Ottomanelli, L., & O’Neill, J. (2023). nTIDE Deeper Dive: Employment Trends for Veterans with Disabilities - 11/17/2023. Center for Research on Disability.

๐Ÿ’ฅ What’s the Big Deal:

Veterans with disabilities are outpacing other groups in the labor market, ๐Ÿš€reaching historic highs in employment. ๐Ÿ’ผThis is a result of their resilience, adaptability, and access to effective interventions ๐Ÿ™Œ  such as the Individual Placement and Support model for spinal cord injury.

#Veterans,#QOL, #Evidence-Based, #VocationalRehabilitation,#IMSPARK, 


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

๐Ÿฝ️ IMSPARK: No Plate Left Behind: A Response to Military Families and Food Insecurity ๐Ÿฝ️

 ๐Ÿฝ️ Imagine... No Plate Left Behind: A Response to Military Families and Food Insecurity  ๐Ÿฝ️

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:  

The “No Plate Left Behind” program initiated by Navy Federal Credit Union  and Feeding America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, aims to address food insecurity among military families and veterans, offering a platform for individuals to virtually donate meals to those in need.

๐Ÿ“š Source: 

Alwine, R. (2023). No Plate Left Behind: A Response to Military Families and Food Insecurity. 

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๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal: 

Food insecurity affects one in six military and veteran families ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, with over 1.4 million veterans currently experiencing food insecurity ๐ŸŽ. The “No Plate Left Behind” program provides a way for the military community to support those in need ๐Ÿค. By raising awareness ๐Ÿ“ฃ and facilitating meal donations ๐Ÿ’ฐ, this initiative strives to alleviate hunger and enhance the well-being of military families and veterans. Join Navy Federal Credit Union and Feeding America in making a difference by virtually filling a plate and donating to help combat food insecurity ๐Ÿ™.


Monday, November 6, 2023

๐ŸŒŠIMSPARK: Bridging the Digital Divide for Veterans with NITA๐ŸŒŠ

๐ŸŒŠImagine…Bridging the Digital Divide for Veterans with NITA๐ŸŒŠ

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:

Veterans across the nation have equitable access to the digital resources they need, empowering them to thrive in healthcare, education, employment, and community involvement.

๐Ÿ“š Source:

National Telecommunications and Information Administration. (2022, May 17). Notice of Funding Opportunity: State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program.

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๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal:

Through this grant program it has the potential to ensure digital equity can become a life-changing force for veterans. The program works to expand access to crucial digital services ๐ŸŒ, empowering them to find employment ๐Ÿ’ผ, become active members of their communities ๐Ÿ˜️, obtain high-quality healthcare ๐Ÿฅ, and make positive contributions to society. This guide is a vital tool in bridging the digital divide for our heroic veterans ๐Ÿฆธ, making it a significant and impactful endeavor. It empowers them to unlock better healthcare, access enhanced educational opportunities, improve their job prospects, and increase their community involvement ๐Ÿค, ultimately enabling them to thrive in every aspect of their lives.


Saturday, October 21, 2023

๐Ÿ️IMSPARK: Pacific Perspective on GRIT: Shaping Veterans' Well-being ๐Ÿ️


๐Ÿ️Imagine Pacific Perspective on GRIT: Shaping Veterans' Well-being ๐Ÿ️

๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where Pacific communities support Service Members, Veterans, the National Guard, Reserves, Caregivers, and their families in achieving emotional well-being, resilience, and success during transitions and in civilian life. Your participation in GRIT helps build this future.

๐Ÿ“š Source:

GRIT App. (2023). What is GRIT?  

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Learn More About GRIT

๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Big Deal: 

GRIT, or Get Results in Transition, ๐ŸŒ is a pioneering mobile app designed to empower Service Members, Veterans, and their loved ones during transitions and post-military life. ๐Ÿ️ It offers tools to prepare for the future, address health determinants, enhance behavioral health, and ๐Ÿค build resilience.

Key Features:

          1. Employment Fulfillment: Personalized job searching with AI to find the right career opportunities.
          2. Mind Gym: Prioritizing mental fitness with clinically validated tools.
          3. Digital Self: Creating a personalized "digital self" for self-improvement.
          4. Squad: Building a support network for emotional well-being.
          5. Digital Assistant: AI-driven assistance whenever you need it.
          6. Mood & Digital Journal: Understanding emotions for positive outcomes.
          7. Field Test: Early access for Service Members and Veterans to shape the app's impact

Monday, September 25, 2023

๐Ÿ“š IMATRIX: Joint Chiefs Reading List๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ“šWelcome to the IMATRIX presentation of the  Joint Chiefs Of Staff Reading List ๐ŸŒŸ

Courtesy of  DODReads.

In our commitment to the IMATRIX concept, we've consolidated a curated collection of books, reducing the information load. ๐Ÿ“ฆWhile the Joint Chiefs Of Staff may have experienced a delay in producing their latest official reading list, rest assured, we've consolidated a selection of titles that span critical aspects of leadership, strategy, history, and more. ๐Ÿ“–Whether you're a seasoned officer, a dedicated servicemember, or simply enthusiastic about military literature, our IMATRIX-inspired list offers timeless insights that transcend temporal boundaries.




Why Should You Consider This

7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores the Changing Face of War in the 21st Century

A global pandemic finds millions swarming across the U.S. border. Major American cities are leveled by black-market nukes. China’s growing civil unrest ignites a global showdown. Pakistan’s collapse leads to a hunt for its nuclear weapons. What if the worst that could happen actually happens? How will we respond? Are we prepared?

Andrew Krepinevich

Explore possible future scenarios and challenges in modern warfare.

Twentieth Century American Biography Series: George C. Marshall

This distinguished series provides complete interpretive biographies of influential twentieth-century figures. Based on extensive research and written by a prominent scholar, each concise study examines the subject's career, private life, political milieu, public image, and impact on modern society.

Mark A. Stoler, John Milton Cooper

Gain insights into the lives and impact of influential figures in American history.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas.

Simon Sinek

Learn about leadership, inspiration, and the power of purpose in organizations.

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. What’s the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, Craigslist, and Skype?

Ori Brafman, Rod A. Beckstrom

Explore the dynamics of leaderless organizations and their impact on society and business.

The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations (Belknap Press S)

Stressing the value of the military outlook for American national policy, Samuel P. Huntington has developed a general theory of civil–military relations and subjected it to rigorous historical analysis.

Samuel P. Huntington

Delve into the theory and politics of civil-military relations in the context of American national policy.

Once an Eagle

Required reading for West Point and Marine Corps cadets, Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale.

Anton Myrer

Explore the lifelong journey and conflicts of two military officers and the values they uphold.

On War

Carl von Clausewitz’s On War is the most significant attempt in Western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy.

Carl von Clausewitz

Dive into a comprehensive examination of the nature of war and its role in policy and strategy.

Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

Robert D. Kaplan shows how crucial the Indian Ocean region has become to American power.

Robert D. Kaplan

Gain insights into the geopolitical significance of the Indian Ocean region and its impact on American power.

Some Principles of Maritime Strategy

Julian S. Corbett draws upon centuries of naval battles to discuss the development of sound war strategies at sea.

Julian S. Corbett

Explore the historical development of maritime strategy and its significance in naval warfare.

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)

First published almost a century ago, this classic text on the history and tactics of naval warfare had a profound effect on the imperial policies of all the major powers.

A. T. Mahan

Learn about the historical influence of sea power on world history and military strategy.

George Washington and the American Military Tradition (Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures Ser.)

Investigates the interplay of militiaman and professional soldier that shaped George Washington’s military career and fostered the victory that brought independence to the United States.

Don Higginbotham

Explore the military career and legacy of George Washington in the context of American history.

The Command of The Air (USAF Warrior Studies)

A classic work on the command of the air in warfare.

Giulio Douhet, Dino Ferrari

Study the concept of air superiority and its role in modern warfare.

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. He is remembered as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot and influential military theorist.

Robert Coram

Discover the life and contributions of John Boyd, a legendary fighter pilot and military strategist.

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb explores highly improbable events and their impact on the world, from the rise of religions to personal life events.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Reflect on the nature of unpredictable and impactful events in history and personal life.

The Art of War

The timeless classic by Sun Tzu on the art of war and strategy.

Sun Tzu

Delve into the principles of strategy and warfare as outlined by Sun Tzu.

The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It

Investigates how traditional ideas and policies often fail in a rapidly changing world and explores ways to adapt to uncertainty.

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Explore strategies for dealing with uncertainty and the changing nature of global challenges.

A Message to Garcia: And Other Essential Writings on Success

Elbert Hubbard's classic essay on initiative and responsibility.

Elbert Hubbard, Charles Conrad

Learn about the importance of initiative and responsibility in achieving success.

⏳Remember, the power of books lies in their ability to shape minds, forge leaders, and ignite change. ๐Ÿ“šLet's dive into the Joint Chiefs Of Staff Reading List, embracing the IMATRIX concept, and unlock the wealth of wisdom it has to offer. ✨

Friday, July 28, 2023


๐ŸŒ IMEA: Imagine Pacific Envisioned Analysis | To Pay the Price: The Case for Investing in the Future of COFA Now! ๐Ÿ’ผ

In this video episode of Imagine Pacific Envisioned Analysis (IMEA), we explore the pressing challenges faced by the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Nations and advocate for transformative investments in their future. ๐Ÿ️ ๐Ÿค Join us as we envision a brighter future for the Pacific region through cultivating sustainable partnerships with entities like the Hawaii National Guard, State of Hawaii Department of Health, DOD, University of Hawaii, and the VA. ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’ก IMAGINE a future where Micronesians have access to essential healthcare services and a supportive system that recognizes and maximizes their community assets. By fostering strategic engagements, research, and community-based initiatives, we aim to empower the COFA region to thrive and build resiliency. ๐ŸŒฑ ๐Ÿ’ฅ Learn about the critical case for investing in the COFA nations, facing an existential climate crisis, economic disparities, and challenges in providing healthcare to Micronesian veterans. Despite their rich heritage, they rank among the world's poorest nations. ๐Ÿž️ ๐Ÿ” EXPLORE the challenges faced by Micronesian veterans in accessing healthcare, the impacts of climate change on vulnerable island states, and the urgent need to address health disparities in Hawaii. ๐Ÿฅ ๐Ÿ“š FURTHER RESEARCH is essential in advancing economic cooperation, leveraging the State Partnership Program, addressing healthcare disparities, and engaging in climate-focused field research. ๐Ÿ“ ๐ŸŒ DISCOVER the potential impact of strategic partnerships, including Pacific region stability, climate change adaptation, infrastructural development, and the reduction of healthcare disparities. ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ“Š Participate in our QR Reader Survey to share your insights on the challenges faced by Micronesian veterans and help us work towards viable solutions. ๐Ÿ“ฒ ๐Ÿ“ข Join us in advocating for justice and equal access to healthcare for Micronesian veterans by leaving comments, writing letters, and raising awareness about this critical issue. ๐Ÿ“ ๐ŸŽฌ Watch this thought-provoking IMEA episode and support a thriving COFA future, accessible resources, and a model of sustainability for the world. Don't forget to like and subscribe! ๐ŸŽฅ

Wednesday, July 26, 2023


IMEA: To Pay the Price: The Case for Investing in the Future of COFA Now!

 IMEA: To Pay the Price: The Case for Investing in the Future of COFA Now!

๐Ÿ’ญ I. Imagine...

Cultivating new and vibrant sustainment partnerships via stakeholder collaborations in the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Nations with entities such as the Hawaii National Guard, the State of Hawaii Department of Health, DOD, the University of Hawaii, and the VA ๐ŸŒ

II. Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where Micronesians have access to essential healthcare services and a supportive system that recognizes and maximizes their organic community assets. Through strategic engagements, research, and developing community-based assets collaborative partnerships and engagements could empower the region to further its resiliency and thrive.

III.๐Ÿ’ฅ What's the Case:

The COFA nations are facing a convergence of critical challenges, and an international transformative and all-encompassing approach to investing in their future becomes imperative. These nations find themselves at the crossroads of an existential climate crisis, grappling with extreme vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Despite their rich cultural heritage and resilience, they rank among the poorest per capita nations in the world, confronting economic disparities that hinder their growth and development. Furthermore, the geographic separation from the United States has left many Micronesian veterans unseen, and deprived of the care they are entitled to as US veterans. Finally, there is a historical indebtedness by the countries who conducted atomic testing for over a decade, they hold some accountability for the aftermath effect on the region's vulnerable population.

๐Ÿ”Ž IV. Consider This:

Challenges Faced by Micronesian Veterans: Micronesian veterans encounter numerous obstacles in accessing healthcare despite their dedicated service. The limited capacity in U.S. military hospitals in Hawaii often leaves many veterans without the medical attention they deserve. Additionally, the high cost of healthcare and complexities surrounding health insurance further hinder their access to essential medications and treatments, adding to the burden they bear after serving their nation. (Blair, 2017)

๐ŸŒŠ Impacts of Climate Change: The adverse impacts of climate change pose significant threats to vulnerable island states like the COFA nations. Rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and environmental degradation are some of the challenges these nations face, putting their very existence at risk. (Rasmussen, 2022)

Health Disparities in Hawaii: A study by the East-West Center showed that Micronesians had significantly worse Severity of Illness (SOI) for various health-related hospitalizations, emphasizing the need for support to address disparities (Hagiwara, 2016)

๐Ÿ“ˆ U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reported more than $1 billion in costs associated with providing service to Micronesians for Hawaii and adjoining Pacific U.S. Territories (Rights, 2019)

๐Ÿ’ช SPP's Role in Theater Security: The State Partnership Program (SPP) plays a crucial role in bolstering theater security and stability in the Pacific region. The SPP's efforts in building partnerships can serve as a strategic counterbalance to their growing influence and help ensure the long-term stability and development of the COFA nations (Rimando, 2023).

๐Ÿ“š V. Research This:

          1. Garamone, J. (2023). Economic Cooperation and the State Partnership Program.
          2. Blair, C. (March 1, 2017). Lawmakers Urge Medical Help For Micronesian Veterans. Civil Beat.
          3. Brewington, L., Kokame, K., & Lewis, N. (2021). Global Health Engagement in the Pacific Region.
          4. Hagiwara, M. K. (2016). Healthcare Disparities Among Micronesian Veterans.
          5. United States Commission on Civil Rights. (2019).
          6. Rasmussen, E., Nakano, G., Kabua, S., & Hatoum, A. (2022). Climate-Focused Field Research within the Kwajalein Atoll Sustainability Laboratory.
          7. IMSPARK: Communities Combat Climate Crisis, July 25, 2023, Imagine Pacific Pulse
          8. IMEA: Imagine Pacific Envision Analysis - Healthcare for Micronesian Veterans, June 30, 2023, Imagine Pacific Pulse
          9. IMSPARK: Imagine Equal Care for COFA, June 26, 2023, Imagine Pacific Pulse
          10. IMOA: SPP and COFA, Match Made in the Pacific, July 24, 2023, Rimando, M., Imagine Pacific Pulse

๐ŸŒ VI. Impact on Pacific:

Here are the following impacts partnerships and engagements could provide if pursued:

        1. Pacific Region Stability: As near-peer competitor nations expand their influence in the Pacific, it becomes increasingly vital for the United States to strategically prioritize its engagement with COFA countries. The SPP's proactive efforts in building and strengthening partnerships can serve as an essential counterbalance, preserving the sovereignty and security of the region. By fostering enduring relationships, the SPP facilitates an environment where COFA nations can confidently navigate diplomatic complexities and maintain their independence in a changing geopolitical landscape.
        2. Climate Change Adaptation: Vulnerable island states, such as the COFA nations, face unprecedented challenges from the adverse impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and environmental degradation pose significant threats to their very existence. Organizations like the Kwajalein Atoll Sustainment Laboratory (KASL) and the University of Hawaii could foster focus on environmental protection and sustainability, serving as a valuable resource, and facilitating knowledge sharing and technical assistance.
        3. Infrastructural Development: The COFA nations' economic vulnerability necessitates international support and cooperation for sustainable development. Through a program like the SPP, the National Guard could offer expertise and resources in critical areas such as disaster response, healthcare, education, and organizational capacity building. In leveraging the resources and experiences of both the National Guard and partner organizations like the Department of Health, and Emergency Management Agency, strategic partnerships become vehicles to unlock potential, facilitate growth, reduce dependence, and foster sustainable progress in the Pacific.
        4. Reduce Healthcare Disparities: Global health engagements hold promise for addressing healthcare disparities in the COFA nations. By tapping into the National Guard's and University of Hawaii's expertise in both the medical logistical and telehealth, through medical engagements they could contribute to enhancing Micronesia's preparedness and response mechanisms. Specifically, efforts to mitigate the Severity of Illness (SOI) for various health-related hospitalizations in Micronesia through the SPP can lead to a more equitable and robust healthcare system.

๐Ÿ“Š VII. QR Reader Survey: 

To better understand the challenges faced by Micronesian veterans and work towards viable solutions, we invite readers to participate in our QR Reader Survey. Your valuable insights and experiences will help us better understand the issues at hand. Please note that participation in the survey is voluntary and for the purpose of gaining a general assessment of the reader's impression of the IMEA. It is not intended for scientific purposes.

 ๐Ÿ“ข VII. Call to Action: 

Imagine Pacific is in support of the COFA Veterans and asks that readers who feel the same consider joining us in advocating for justice and equal access to healthcare for Micronesian veterans. You can support this cause by: 

• Leaving a comment on the Imagine Pacific Pulse(

• Sending a letter to the Editor: 

• Reaching out to your local representatives and urging them to support legislation 

• Raising awareness about this issue within your social circles and utilizing the provided QR codes to share this IMEA.

๐Ÿค VIII. Conclusion: 

Investing in the future of COFA nations requires transformative efforts encompassing equitable healthcare access, economic development, climate change resilience, and recognition of historical consequences. Partnerships contribute to Pacific stability amid geopolitical competition, empowering COFA nations to preserve sovereignty. Addressing healthcare disparities, climate change adaptation, and infrastructural development are vital. Collaborative efforts unlock potential, ensuring the well-being of COFA communities and fostering resilience. Let's work towards a thriving COFA future, accessible resources, and a model of sustainability for the world.

๐Ÿ“–IMSPARK: A Wave of Knowledge: The Unsung Heroes of the Pacific Libraries๐Ÿ“–

๐Ÿ“–Imagine... A Wave of Knowledge: The Unsung Heroes of the Pacific Libraries๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ’ก Imagined Endstate :  A thriving network of libraries acros...