Retired Marine Sergeant Kirstie Ennis has tackled a number of mountains in her life and continues to tackle them. But she is also interested in helping others tackle mountains as well. As a U.S. Marine, she was a door gunner an airframes mechanic. While on her second deployment, to Afghanistan, the helicopter she was manning crashed. It was June 23, 2012. She suffered some trauma to her right shoulder, disc damage, traumatic brain injury, and after going through a period of trying to salvage her left leg, ultimately had to have it amputated above the knee. Adaptive sports, including snowboarding, has played an important role in her recovery. Through her “Seven Summits Project,” Kirstie Ennis has a goal of reaching …Continue Reading
If you haven’t yet seen Jon Stewart’s testimony in favor of renewing health benefits for 9/11 first responders, you should watch it here, now.
In it, the former Daily Show host calls out the politicians who didn’t bother showing up to a Congressional hearing on renewing the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. The Fund provides financial reimbursement for those injured during or suffering from medical defects because of the 9/11 attacks. The majority of those serviced by the Fund are first responders who performed fire and rescue that day.
Stewart appeared with several 9/11 first responders and their families, many of whom provided accompanying testimony. Among them was retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who contracted colorectal cancer from rescue …Continue Reading
Gone are the days of our parents and grandparents in which retirement after working for a company for twenty years earned you a gold watch, pension and comfortable golden years. The removal of pension plans from most major companies has angered many, but if you put yourself in the shoes of the owners and/or managers of those companies it makes sense.
Pension plans were created when the average lifespan was decades shorter than they are today, and while breakthroughs in health and medical technology have helped our society by allowing us to live longer and watch our grandchildren grow up, it’s causing great strain on those financial plans which are being pushed longer than ever anticipated.
I’m a rather stubborn …Continue Reading
Let’s learn about stocks and investing. Does that thought give you the creeps? I hope that this article will help alleviate that and give enough background to at least help you be less worried about the endeavor of looking at the stock market.
My goal here is not only helping you to understand what’s going on with your own investment portfolio or retirement, but also giving you enough information to know what your investment advisor is talking about or possibly, if you’re brave enough, to begin playing the market and choosing your own stocks.
What Exactly is a Stock?
To begin with, the terms “stocks” and “equities” are sometimes used interchangeably. This is because owning stock is literally owning …Continue Reading