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Today's Problems Are Tomorrow's Promise. It just takes a new perspective.
Today's Problems Are Tomorrow's Promise. It just takes a new perspective.

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"One month ago a dear friend of mine lost his battle with PTSD at the young age of 31. We fought side-by-side in Iraq, and he is all I have been thinking about. For those who don't know, PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. People living with PTSD are haunted by traumatic events from their past on a daily basis. So I ask, if you know someone who has been deployed, or even just served stateside, don’t wait for them to open up to you. Make an effort to ask how they are doing or spend a little time with them. It may not sound like much, but I can assure you they will appreciate it." —Ricardo (pictured)  #HeroesOfLeidos
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“My Grandfather was stationed on my ship back in WWII when it was a carrier. It even had the same bell on the quarter deck. For Christmas one year, I gave him a simple picture of me in front of the bell. He cried, and we talked for hours about his experiences and mine. It made us very close. He wrote to all his former shipmates about it, and it was published in a magazine. He was very proud." #HeroesOfLeidos
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"I deployed on 9/11. Within hours, all the ships in Norfolk were sortied out to sea. The fall and winter that was supposed to be spent cruising the Mediterranean saw the capturing of Kandahar and the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. Our friends that remained home had to watch in horror, hour after hour, day after day, the shots of the airplanes hitting the towers, scenes from the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. We only had a limited satellite feed, and were too busy to watch it. Being at sea and heading toward the problem gave us a sense of purpose. We felt empowered." #HeroesOfLeidos
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“I graduated during a drawdown year and had plans to be an accountant in Washington, DC. A year later, I was leading 36 paratroopers in Central Africa. It was a humanitarian mission following the genocide in 1994. Even historians forget there were U.S. troops in both Rwanda and Zaire at the time, and the violence and suffering were horrific. You try to look at those experiences in a positive light. We are so fortunate to be Americans, and I will never have a bad day. I think that my fellow veterans share a similar outlook. We should all be grateful for what we have, work hard, and take advantage of every opportunity." #HeroesOfLeidos 
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"My twin sister's service is another link in a chain of proud military history in our family. She was living in Japan before she decided to enlist and we had spoken over phone many times about the possibility of her joining the military. I had been in the Navy for eight years at that point and seeing her in uniform, feeling like my career had helped shape her decision to serve, was an immensely proud moment. Her enlistment brought us closer together not just in our shared military experience, but gave our 'twinnesss' an added layer of depth. Watching her excel in her career brought that level of pride beyond words." #HeroesOfLeidos 
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(continued...) "Soon after, the American ambassador gave us the signal to grab everything and evacuate. Within a few hours we were at the airport and flying into Oman. As we landed, we got word that we missed the assault by maybe an hour. In no other country that I know of would a ground soldier expect to be killed before it was appropriate to return fire because it was the right thing." #HeroesOfLeidos
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"I was deployed in Yemen doing protection missions for the FBI and others investigating the USS Cole bombing. We were informed there was a small force that planned on attacking us within a couple of days. My post was the rooftop of the hotel we were protecting. There I was, in the middle of the night, and what did I find but the small group of individuals that was planning on attacking us. I did my duty and reported their location, which was a close hilltop looking down on the hotel, as well as their equipment. They had hand grenades, assault rifles, and most importantly to me, Russian sniper rifles that were being pointed at me. Our rules of engagement being what they were, I was ordered to not fire my weapon unless I was fired upon. So there I was, sitting on the roof, pointing my weapon at the people pointing theirs at me, and I came to the realization that the signal for my team to open fire would be my death." (to be continued...) 
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“The day I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and became a commissioned officer, I realized my father’s dream. He was from China, and while he served as an airborne ranger in the U.S. Army, he never became an officer. He wanted that for me. When I graduated, he rendered me my first salute. Just before he died this year, he looked up at my brother and me and with fading strength gave us both one last heartfelt salute. It meant a lot. It meant he’d finished his service, he’d completed his mission, and he wanted to turn over his duties to us. #HeroesOfLeidos
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"I was 23 years old, and while I wasn’t even old enough to rent a luxury car, I was put in charge of a multi-million dollar weapon system and the a crew that operated it. That summer we took part in NATO exercises that brought ships from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, and others to New York City during the U.S. leg of the deployment. As we led this multinational flotilla through New York Harbor, I remember standing on the bridge as we sailed in formation past the Statue of Liberty, past the Twin Towers, past the amazing New York City skyline and thinking how great it was to be an American and how proud I was to welcome these allies to ‘our house." #HeroesOfLeidos  
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"I graduated high school in a time when girls were supposed to become teachers and nurses, not go into the military. My dad encouraged me to do what I wanted to do and not what was expected of me. I spent three years on-board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. We deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in 1994. It marked the first time women had deployed as crew members of a U.S. Navy combatant." #HeroesOfLeidos 
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