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Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

Mission Possible: The Best Veterans’ Services In The World

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

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Upbeat–and Sometimes Miraculous–Stories From the Holy Land.

By M.H. Levine

A military center combined with amazing education. Programs that help build strength and leaderships skills in young people..and events, community and counseling  for–and actual joyous celebration of–Veterans. This is the mission of the Israel Air Force Center in Herzaliya. 

Spending on Military and Education has always been at odds in the United States. One seems to happen at the expense of the other, in our tug of war politics.

Certainly not so at the IAF Center–run by the IAF Center Foundation–which is breath of fresh air in terms of honoring military personnel. If there is another building somewhere in the word that honors military personnel and veterans so well, I’d love to see it.

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“At the IAF Center, we believe in investing in human capital — building this young generation of Israelis into the leaders of tomorrow. Leaders, especially in the IAF, can never lead alone. They rely on the men and women around them. That’s why we teach team building and encourage friendship amongst our participants.” (Picture and caption: IFC Center Foundation).

Could the solution for Veterans Services in the United States involve this kind of private/public funded localized center that is gleaming, first rate, celebratory and kind…?

In keeping with the idea of a military that spends less in the United States, but way more effectively…and an educational system upon which we begin spending a little more BUT ALSO WAY MORE EFFECTIVELY…it would amazing to see a few centers like these spring up, spread across different branches of the American Military. If such a thing were to happen,  each new Veteran’s Day would be a happier day for more and more American veterans…year after year.

 

 

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Teachers’ Unions: Noble…Yes…Flexible?…Not So Much.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Speaking with someone from the American Federation of Teachers on 12-13-14  in DC. I came away with much more respect for Teaching Unions, and  for quite a bit of Teachers’ Unions do…but as we’re seeing with the Police Union in New York City..there can be a blanket un-nuanced vibe…after this very guy told me teaching unions never do anything wrong….I came back the next day with more of a conversational and critical tone.  However, he did have some wonderful things to say ,though. Hope to talk to these guys again…maybe a few times.

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