Nicole’s Notes – Our CEO’s blog

Nicole Hart, ARVets CEO, is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. She is the founder of ARVets and in this capacity is on the front lines working to improve the overall quality of life for Arkansas veterans. Prior to this role she was the Military and Veteran Advisor to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. In this position she served as liaison between those respective communities, our Governor and the Arkansas Legislature.

In Nicole's own words "On the battlefield the culture is to follow orders and complete the mission, at home we want the veteran to give the orders and we complete the mission for them!"

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Now that we are celebrating Black History Month, I thought it would be nice to speak American service member facts into the mix. As an African-American woman, I have to pay tribute to my sisters-in-arms.

Throughout history, Black women overcame discrimination based on race and gender to serve this nation with distinction. In war and peacetime, these courageous women of color defended our country, preserved American values, shattered the military glass ceiling, and overcame barriers for women of all races.

121311-national-black-women-soldiers-militaryI am constantly amazed at how our roles in the United States Armed Forces are sometimes forgotten by the history books. Black women without rank or uniform served as nurses during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Near the end of World War I, trained black nurses with the American Red Cross were offered Army Nurse Corps assignments. Though they weren’t on the front lines of conflict, these pioneers lived in segregated quarters and cared for German prisoners of war and black soldiers at Camp Grant, Illinois, and Camp Sherman, Ohio.

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From time to time, I have other perspectives contribute to ‘Nicole’s Notes’. Below you will find the thoughts of Malcolm Glover, the newest member of the ARVets Team.

By: Malcolm Glover

In a recent assessment of young veterans, analysts with the Department of Veterans Affairs reported over 48,000 men and women, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are now battling homelessness.

The trend of increased poverty among some young veterans has intensified in certain communities, due to the nationwide economic downturn, low-wage jobs, a lack of adequate workforce training, and a shortage of affordable housing.

According to the VA, nearly 50,000 veterans in this generation who have fallen on hard times are almost triple the number of vets who found themselves in the same predicament back in 2011.

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Sometimes in a storm the most beautiful vision appears, some call it clarity. In these blogs of 2014 I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly from my perspective.

It’s true that people connect strongest with not just the story or the picture but they connect with the person. To know the life, feel the pain, and understand the joy of the journey is to be vested. I want you to be vested in my life as a CEO, as a mother, as a wife and most relevant and important as a Veteran.

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In my room a few days before New Years, while scanning through emails, internet and social media all I saw was New Year’s resolution craziness!

How to make them, suggestions about what you should do, people talking about why they chose what they choose. I saw all the excitement about the potential for change and something different with the hopes of something better. All of a sudden my mind became clouded, my heartbeat was loud enough to hear and feel, mouth became dry, my lips thirst for water and then my head began to ache.

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People in situations that cause stress, anxiety, and nervousness often do not understand the psychological severity of those situations until they are removed from them. Many times smells, sounds, or any number of triggers may stir emotional angst connected to the past.

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