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A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. But Wes’ best talks tend to center around his personal journey from poverty to distinguished entrepreneur and professor; a truly inspiring journey.

Planting Seeds of Success in the Lives of Others

I recall the emotion as if it happened only yesterday: the overwhelming pride, the pure joy and the unshakable belief that I had truly helped another human being. Two years ago, I began mentoring a young veteran on how to start a small ecommerce business. Six months ago, he notified me that his online niche t-shirt business was earning just over $100,000 per month in gross sales.

My VA Home Loan Experience (Part One)

I move a lot. Serving in the U.S. military for 10 years and then running my own business as a veteran, I have become somewhat of a relocation expert. My most recent home purchase was on August 25, using the VA home loan process from start to finish.

Why the US Military Built a Moat around an Island Fort and Declared a Snow Day in Panama

The U.S. military can be incredibly inflexible or extremely creative. It all depends on the circumstances.

The Real Reason the US Navy Keeps Hitting Merchant Vessels

Last week, we secured an interview with a recently retired U.S. Navy captain who spent 20 years at sea and 10 in the Pentagon, working on process improvement projects to discuss the Navy's recent at-sea incidents.

Iraq Veteran John Preston Is Taking Veteran Suicide to the Top of the Music Charts

In June, I sat down with Iraq veteran John Preston for an interview to discuss war, rock music and veteran suicide. A lot has happened since June.

South Korea’s defense minister suggests bringing back tactical U.S. nuclear weapons

South Korea's defense minister on Monday said it was worth reviewing the redeployment of American tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula to guard against the North, a step that analysts warn would sharply increase the risk of an accidental conflict.