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Caring as a leadership imperative

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I just had the opportunity to attend an event in Dallas for Army Reservist who have recently returned from the fights in Afghanistan and Iraq. Focused on returning soldiers and their families, the event brought together Veteran Service Organizations, educational institutions, counseling professionals, and other army reserve leaders. I've got to say this was one of the best periods of "mandatory fun" I've had the chance to participate in! The consistent message was, we've brought all these people here to help you….TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT!! Our leaders truly want to take care of their Soldiers.

I was particularly impressed by two of the organizations:

VETS4VETS (www.vets4vets.us): This group of concerned Iraq and Afghanistan veterans provide outreach and group counseling for other OIF/OEF Veterans.

Veterans Administration (www.va.gov): I think everyone has heard of the VA. This government agency works with veterans on medical, education, job training, home ownership, and about a hundred other things. Probably one of the best programs introduced over the last few years is the Post-9/11 GI Bill (www.gibill.va.gov). It provides for tuition, an annual book stipend, and living expenses. The best thing about this program is it is transferable to dependents!

The VA also provides medical care for veterans after they've left the service. As with any government agency, there are certain conditions that must be met for the treatments to qualify. Take a look at the VA's website for more information.

I'd like to open the floor. I've given an example of our Army Reserve leaders taking care of redeploying Soldiers. Do you have an example of a particularly caring leader? How do you take care of your team? Is it possible to be too caring?

Hope to hear from everyone. Make it a great day!

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