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History as a Punchline

We’ve lost our way. In the rush to help our children land lucrative careers in science, technology, engineering and math, we are teaching them that degrees in subjects like political science, economics, and history are non-starters in today’s job market. The sad truth is they are. Over the last twenty years, as a society, we have devalued knowledge of our past …

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Veterans Can Rock the House

We’ve received a lot of feedback about our analysis of how veterans in West Virginia affected the various races in the state senate last year. Building on that interest, we used a similar model to look at how veterans impacted the West Virginia House of Delegates’ races.  Looking at last year’s results, we found that: The number of veterans who …

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Veterans Impact Elections

StandWatch.org has been working on a project called the Civic Improvement Initiative (CII,) where veterans work with young people and local leaders to promote greater civic involvement.  We want to leverage our veterans’ passion and create new ways for elected officials to learn what matters to people on mainstreet. The ultimate goal is to build a coalition of veterans, citizens, …

The Potential Impact of an Organized Veteran Vote

There are a lot of advocacy groups in West Virginia, but few pack the potential punch that veterans do.  When you consider that several key races around West Virginia were won by a few hundred votes, a coordinated initiative to harness the power of the veteran vote is clear.  Veterans have a higher participation rate than the average voter, and …

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Do We Still Have the Right Stuff?

In October 1957, the people of the United States awoke to a sound that shook the country to its foundation.  The Soviet Union had launched a 220-pound sphere into orbit called Sputnik.  It housed a small transmitter that emitted a 20MHz beep every few seconds and it told the world that the space race had begun.  For 21 days, Sputnik …

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Driving Community Change

Occasionally we undertake a project that’s out of the ordinary, and today’s work falls into that category. Several weeks ago, Al Conaway took the lead on a project to replace a disabled veteran’s wheelchair ramp. After a closer inspection he discovered the problem wasn’t with the existing ramp, it was with the driveway and street access leading up to the …

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Another Run For the Wall

On May 24th, StandWatch held its clinic at the annual Run For the Wall (RFTW) motorcycle rally.  Each year, thousands of bikers start out in Ontario, California with the goal of reaching the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day.  Along the way, they stop in various small towns across America.  This year, the Central Route riders stopped in …

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How Does $500 Balloon Into $3000?

A few weeks ago we told you about a local veteran who needed repairs done to his wheelchair ramp. Pinnacle Solutions out of Huntsville, Alabama generously donated $500 for the materials that we believed would be needed to make the necessary improvements. Well, as it turns out, the main problem isn’t with the existing ramp, it’s with the access leading …

Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice

Notes and Highlights From: Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice, by Denton, Ashley ________________________________________ Preface Highlight(yellow) – Page 25 · Location 463 But young people are our future. Those of us who are a bit older and further along in the journey are called to serve as stepping stones for these young pioneers to make them ready to set …

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Rally Point 4: Trial by Trail

We held our RP4 expedition yesterday and this morning. Attempted to do a circuit around Dolly Sods wilderness in northeastern West Virginia. The intent was to take some of the younger guys out with a small cadre of StandWatch’s veteran leadership team and put them through their paces. We are going to be doing a lot of challenging things over …