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My Beginnings - A Novel Approach

Thursday, December 04, 2008 19:34 | Daniel Boothe

For 28 years the Berlin wall stood as a symbol of division, separating Europe from neighboring communist suppression.  The 96-mile wall isolated mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters that wanted nothing more than to be with the ones they cared so much for. Resistance from East Berlin finally crushed that barrier on October 3, 1990 reunifying broken families and long lost friends.

Following in their footsteps some odd 18 years later, our nation demolished a barricade that prevented 90 percent of Americans, who have pledged support for members of the Armed Forces, from expressing their unwavering gratitude.

On November 1, 2008, the founding of the Southwest Business Resource Center crushed that barrier empowering and challenging communities to do more than band-aid a national concern with a yellow ribbon on the back of their car.

Expecting pages of paperwork on a broken clipboard and handouts that might last through the week, the SWBRC orientation introduced me to a unique opportunity that I can only hope others might find.

I stumbled across the center while covering the grand opening as an article for my newspaper. Stumbled is the wrong word. Saying the word stumbled makes it sound like it might have been chance or a mistake, but everything I soon learned and am so fortunate to know was because of one opportunity I didn’t step right over.

After returning to the center curious and off the clock, I was greeted with a smile and a handshake from a tall middle-aged man I had never met, but felt compelled to know. I stepped into the 500-square-foot center with new laptops on every table. The Starbucks-like atmosphere almost opposite of the veteran-center waiting room I had imagined. We sat down and he introduced himself as Albert Renteria, founder and chief executive officer of the SWVBRC. Right away he started asking questions about me. He wanted to know about the personal goals I had in life and how I was planning to get there. He wanted to know more about what I wanted; now why would a CEO of any organization want to know more about me?

I gave him a brief rundown of my life leaving out anything I felt uncomfortable discussing or felt he didn’t need to know. He proceeded to tell me about a dream he had eight years ago. This dream was the unparallel opportunity veteran’s could find at the SWVBRC and what the center can offer former and active service members. I came in with the mentality that I, a 22-year-old active-duty Marine, might benefit from the center, but just moments into his explanation of marketing and business-oriented learning my mentality changed from might to will.

He began to talk more about what you can offer yourself and a lot less of what the center can give you. It was then I realized that the center was just a place to facilitate personal growth. His clarification led me to believe that the organization was more of a support system than just another non-profit charity. The idea was that participants in the program would forever be a part of an organization that wants to help in every facet of your life. “From cradle to grave,” said Albert.

We moved the discussion into the cozy conference room, adjacent to the main computer lab you first step into. Dry-erase boards and cardboard cut-outs filled most of the available space on the oak table filled with business models and what I later learned to be techniques I could use to further myself and become more successful in life.

I was amazed at how someone I knew for only a few moments would care as much as he did, but I wasn’t prepared for the curve ball coming next.

He began to pry into the uncomfortable asking personal questions about into my past. I immediately felt uneasy and was caught completely off-guard. I wasn’t prepared for this. I felt almost like leaving right then, but for some strange reason, I stayed. I answered his questions and swallowed a big spoonful of humility.  Even though it was uncomfortable, Albert made it clear to me that it is impossible to help someone unless you know what problems they have had or are having. He clarified that that life is about overcoming and addressing uncomfortable feelings, not so he could hear about them, but so you could learn from them. He called it identifying your weakness. He offered personal advice and unique guidance how to go about solving my problems. Right then, I started to feel that success, my success, was closer than I had ever imagined and that the program is going to be my key help to unlock my personal goals, if you let it.

Albert said it wasn’t that long ago that he had a vision of an organization that would empower communities and that nothing is impossible. His vision of the SWVBRC provided communities with ability to offer unique support and resources to veterans. The explanation was centered on the idea that communities are the key to ending homeless-neglected veterans. Stating that every veteran, including myself, joined the military to protect the very community we were once born and raised in. Deep down, ever service member enlists to fight for a family back home and a community that made them the person they are today, said Albert.

After spending only a short time with this charismatic man, I found truth in his words and began understanding what an asset the center could become to my personal success. But what support do veterans see today after coming home? Communities have the will and urge to support their veterans but lack the means of conveying that support.

Albert shuffled through some cardboard cut-outs and pulled out an upside down pyramid, introducing me to the 14-step program that the SWVBRC uses as a tool. The pyramid helps veterans identify who they are, what they want, and how to achieve their personal goals in life. The pyramid-shaped questionnaire consisted of 14 topics, one at each level that veterans answer in a personal novel. The novel is meant to document your history and experiences helping future SWVBRC veterans learn and build personal success. Albert referred to it as knowledge harvesting.

In addition to the personally guided self improvement discussions, the pyramid program facilitates veterans helping themselves. Albert mentioned that the organization is willing to even pay stipends upon completion of each level. The organization also requires participants to sign a 9-line contract reiterating that the SWVBRC is all about veterans helping themselves.

Together we began discussing the mission statement, guiding principles, and the vision of SWVBRC. I was still surprised that he wanted to hear about what I thought and what the statement meant to me. It was as if he wanted to hear what I was going to say to learn from it. Why would a man who started the organization and designed the principles want me to critique them? I later learned another positive principle that wasn’t written down, but was lived by Albert as a personal point of pride.

Albert stated that we can always learn something new from someone, always. This was a principle I had already understood in my life, but wished I followed more. I was comforted that Albert shared my personal point of view that we can always learn from one another, and if you assume you can’t, you already have something else to learn.

In this initial orientation, we also discussed identifying personal strengths along with weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Again, I was surprised that someone else would sit down, one on one, and discuss how I can become more successful in life dedicating time energy and resources just so I might thrive.

Coming from a small town, with neighbors that still drive horse and buggies, I know that my life experiences will be a little different than others. Personally, I have derived a lot of my values and strengths from that small town in southern Indiana. Even Marcus Cicero, roman scholar and politician, is famous for understanding the importance of “knowing thyself”.  After spending a moment or two contemplating, I began identifying specific strengths that I possess. My strengths include being:

Intrapersonal: Can relate and communicate exceptionally with others.

Determined: If I don’t know, I will.

Adaptable: Can adapt, overcome, and work with anything.

Identifying particular points of weakness is just as essential, if not more important as understanding strengths. My points of weakness that I am trying to overcome include being:

Naïve: To know everything is to know nothing.

Detailed: Perfection is not always efficient.

Biased: I only know what I have experienced.

After identifying more about myself and the obstacles I must overcome, I had already begun the long journey or personal success and self improvement. This voyage is one I am eager to start and believe the organization can facilitate.

There we were, just the two of us, sitting at a conference room discussing an organization I already knew would become a larger portion of my life and how we can grow together reaching out to more communities and in turn helping that many more veterans. After spending all this time with Albert I began to understand more of this man’s dream. A dream that the Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center would become available to every community around the world offering the highest level of support to veterans.

Nearly four hours after our initial handshake, we wrapped our meeting up and agreed to meet again. I went home and thought about what I got out of my experience with Albert. I began writing about how it made me feel and what I thought, soon enough I was already writing my orientation and introduction to the 14-step program beginning my novel with everything you just read.

Comments

  • Thursday, December 04, 2008 18:31 | Richard Cloonan
    Daniel has a unique way of expressing himself and has a great command of the English language. He has the ability to capture your attention and create a desire to read and to learn more about his experiences and goals as he develops his novel.
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  • Friday, December 05, 2008 04:10 | Eleanor Tobias
    Daniel is an amazing young man, an exceptional writer and with an insight unusual for his age. His interaction with Albert shows a determination to learn and to share this knowledge with others. His success will be a great testimonial to the program and it will be interesting to follow his progress.
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  • Friday, December 05, 2008 09:36 | Samuel Luna
    Daniel is a very friendly and approachable person.He is a skillful writer,and doesn't hesitate to help others.He has a bright future ahead of him.I look forward to working and learning more from him.
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:39 | Daniel Boothe
      Mr. Luna, whether you beleive it or not, I look to you for guidance. You have lived a life, I have yet to live. I look forward learning from you and working together helping this organization blossom into more than we could have ever imagined.
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  • Sunday, December 07, 2008 09:29 | Bonnie Zepeda
    I met Daniel at the Nov 1st opening of the vetereans business resource center in Fallbrook and I was impressed with his attention to detail as he covered the opening . I grew up in Michigan and know of the area of Ind. his roots are from and I think he has great petential to achive his goals in this program. May God Bless your efforts .
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  • Tuesday, December 09, 2008 11:42 | Laurel Ho
    First of all I'd like to start out saying I can't believe Daniel is only 22 years of age. I see great things in his future, just from reading his first novel. He really captured Al and has a great understanding of this program.I really liked the way he explained his strength's and weaknesses as he see's them. I look forward to hearing more about Daniel and how coming from a small town in America has shaped this fine young man.
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  • Wednesday, December 10, 2008 08:15 | Vitaliy Rusavskiy
    Great introduction, the SWVBRC is an amaizing place to be, as a veteran. This story made me want to know those 14 steps, and talking to Albert.
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  • Wednesday, December 10, 2008 08:54 | Sigrid Gilbert
    Daniel, from the first sentence, I was captivated by your blog. Your higher level thinking skills throughout, as evidenced in creating the metaphor of the Berlin Wall, for one, resulted in a stunning piece of writing. After reading the whole piece I know that you and Al have discovered a bond that transcends the "Marine thing".

    I "met" Al when I discovered Operation Interdependence not long after he founded it following 9-11 and never cease to be amazed at the positive philosophy, sense of service, and sage advice that flow from him which you too will enjoy. I was touched by your insights as well. I am delighted that you and Al have discovered each other.

    A little side note for what it is worth. After WW II, at about age 6, I helped my mother pack many CARE packages that were shipped behind the Berlin Wall. I can still visualize huge Hershey bars and coffee. In appreciation the recipients sent her snowflake ornaments made our of straw or cut out paper with thread and the silver paper of the Hershey bars. These treasured ornaments have hung on our Christmas trees for over 60 years. From despair, my most treasured ornaments. I'm sure Al will draw one of life's lessons out of this.

    Thank you for sharing yourself and looking forward to the next chapter.


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    • Saturday, December 13, 2008 14:52 | Chris Thayer
      Dear Sigrid,
      I just wanted to share how inspired I felt by your story about the care packages shipped behind the Berlin Wall after WWII. How wonderful those troops must have felt receiving them and then making your family the snowflake ornaments that you still hang on your Christmas tree 60 years later.

      I think the modern day version of this is all the wonderful volunteers that send care packages to the troops via OI (Operation Interdependence). Thank you being part of such a supportive group that adds notes from home to show love and support for our military. Thank you for your inspiring note to Daniel also. All of us working together as a community is a worthy goal worth achieving.

      Sincerely, Chris
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      • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:28 | Daniel Boothe
        You nailed it on the head. Lets gets this community involved. We can only grow, become more successful, and accomplish greater things with teamwork.
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  • Wednesday, December 10, 2008 19:17 | Fielden Coleman
    As a soon to be fellow learner, your words inspire me to put forth a better effort that I initially intended. I look forward to the experience.
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  • Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:55 | Jaya Sesay
    Mr Boothe, the articulation of your blog makes me want to get more involved with the organization, just to be surronded by astute well grounded individuals like yourself.
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  • Saturday, December 13, 2008 01:25 | Jerry Rilling
    Daniel, I wish you the best and pay that God would protect you as you have began your journey. I want to commend you for stepping forward and participating with the SWVBRC. If you ever need someone to talk with I am here for you. May you be blessed this coming Christmas season.
    Pastor Jerry Rilling
    Fallbrook Foursquare Church
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  • Saturday, December 13, 2008 04:04 | Moses Maddox
    Congratulations on step one, and very well put. You are a great representative of what this group is all about.
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  • Saturday, December 13, 2008 13:25 | Walter McBeth
    Daniel is a very inspirational young man with a bright future as writer or whatever he pursues in his young life. I wish him every success and pray to God to keep him safe as he goes about his wonderful journey through life. I look forward to my future involvement with the center and hope that I can receive the same type of inspiration as did Daniel.
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  • Saturday, December 13, 2008 14:37 | Chris Thayer

    Hello Daniel,

    I enjoyed reading your orientation and appreciated the level of truth and honesty that you shared. What a wonderful strength that is, and as you share your thoughts, it helps our community learn and grow too.

    I think you have a powerful voice which can be used to raise awareness for our military and our veterans. That you are so young and learning these insights so early by mentoring with Albert Renteria, this will help to sculpture your future. I can see you sharing your insights and helping bridge the gap between military and civilian life, helping all of us to embrace one another as one large community in cooperation with one another. You are very articulate and have an excellent communication style in that you share your thoughts and information by making it interesting, yet with a unique blend of your heart and soul.

    I can relate to your comment about “points of weakness” where you stated “Detailed: Perfection is not always efficient.” I too am very detailed and find it challenging to not keep working at something until it is perfect, which as I get older, I am realizing that is not always efficient.

    I am a middle aged adult learner who returned to school recently in the online format to complete my Bachelor’s Degree. My classes in organizational management, leadership, and communication state that people often think they over communicate, yet, in reality, people under communicate. This encouraged me as I think it is healthy to look at our strengths and weaknesses, look at what is working and what is not working, and work as a team to solve problems and create goals. All of this is not possible if we don’t communicate and work through our difficulties so we can emerge stronger and more focused.

    For me, volunteering and being a part of the founding community for Southwest Veteran’s Business Resource Center (www.where communities serve veterans),is a wonderful opportunity to show my support for our veterans and our country. I want you to know that I believe in you Daniel, as I believe in all of our veterans, and I want you to know that who you are does make a difference. Each one of us contributes in some special way and we all have an opportunity to make a difference in this world. I feel that the path you have chosen will only be enhanced by working with and knowing Albert Renteria. He is an amazing human being with great ideas, a brilliant mind, and the heartfelt desire to help us all. God Bless you Daniel.

    Sincerely,

    Chris
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:42 | Daniel Boothe
      Chris, I look forward to meeting you and hope we can arrange a time to bounce ideas off of each other. We can and will make a difference.
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  • Sunday, December 14, 2008 03:19 | Sharon Hart
    I thank God for Daniel"s desire to share his walk of unknowing circumstances, and the admiration of realizing he can make a difference with his talent of writing. I am thankful for Albert Renteria with his vision of the Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center.
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:55 | Daniel Boothe
      For those of you who don't know, Sharon is my mother. She has been the cornerstone to any and all of the success I have experienced in my life. Just as mothers express and devote unwavering support to their children, this organization has the ability to become that umbilical cord to our veterans. And even a million "I love you's" wouldn't even begin to express how I feel mother. Thank you for helping me become the person I am today.
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  • Sunday, December 14, 2008 06:42 | LeRoy Scheller Jr
    As one of our first learner Daniel has set an excellent example and standard for all other Learners and veterans to reach for. He understands what SWVBRC is for and what it is going to accomplish for Veterans everywhere. Keep up the good work Daniel and luck in all of your undertakings where ever you are posted.
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  • Monday, December 15, 2008 03:59 | Linda Sanders
    Well done Daniel! It is clearly evident that you are a sharp young man and have many great abilities; you write well and are able to clearly communicate your thoughts. It's interesting to note that you, yourself, recognized that your "chance" encounter of the SWVBRC was not really by chance - you were at the right place at the right time. I couldn't agree more! What blesses me most, is not that you were compelled to return "off the clock," but that you ACTED upon the compelling. For some, more than others, walking through the door is the most difficult step. You are on your way! May God bless your journey.
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 15:00 | Daniel Boothe
      Linda, walking through the door was hard, and it was a decision I am so fortunate to have made. My challenge now is making sure communitities across the nation realize this same opportunity. I challenge anyone who hasn't already to not only contribute, but to get involved, dedicate their time, and make a difference for the men and women that have and are wearing our nation's uniform.
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      • Thursday, January 01, 2009 18:00 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)
        Daniel, I want to share with you a bit about Linda Sanders. The tables and shares you see at the center were acquired at University of Irvine, thanks to Chris Thayer that works there. The furnishings passed my inspection for use; however, they failed Linda's inspection and she refused to have you and your fellow veterans have a center with less than first class furnishings.

        Her solution was simple, first, you MUST know that Linda lives in Whittier CA, over an hours drive, no matter, at least once a week, Linda would come and pick up a table and a chair or two to take back with her. However, before she did she introduced her idea to her group and family members. Not only did they take on this mission with passion and compassion, the group also sponsored the furnishings in honor or in memory of a veteran. Herd Dad was instrumental in the effort as he had the equipment to rebuild the table top, sand down the chairs and with their combined effort they made what was suitable in my mind a first class setting for you!

        Now, here is what you need to know. Linda and her group were ready to join us during our grand opening, but her Dad needed to attend to a need that caused him to have surgery just before our event. He is doing well and recovery, but there is one chair that has not been finished. The group wanted to complete the task, but Linda's Dad refused that to happen. He plans on doing it himself and that speaks volume. I ask Linda to introduce her Dad so that we all honor him for his service and support in our community and for defining the essence of Where Communities Serve Veterans! Semper Fi, Al
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  • Monday, December 15, 2008 05:20 | Cheryl Thompson
    Congratulations Daniel, I look forward to hearing more!
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  • Monday, December 15, 2008 05:54 | Raylon Campbell
    Daniel;
    I too am amazed that at 22 years of age you are so articulate. It is wonderrful that you already are aware that it is so important to "know thyself" at such an early age. I didn't begin this process until in my 50's. I am sure that you will be a great mentor for future veterans who find the SVBRC website. I look forward to reading your future blogs. Bless you on your journey of personal growth, and thank you so very much for your willingness to serve as a United States Marine.

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  • Monday, December 15, 2008 09:31 | Karen Meadows-McGraw
    Mr. Boothe, I congradulate you on your discovery of both Al Renteria and the Southwest Business Resource Center. I had the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with Mr. Renteria a few years ago at the opening of the National Guard's Family Center in Santa Ana several years ago, but that is another story.

    I am most impressed by your articulation of SWBRC's mission and its impact upon you personally. As the CEO and Founder of a non-profit entity whose mission it is to assist our citizen-soldiers in crisis and address the volume of needs being experienced; I agree whole heartedly with Al's approach to the issues we see daily... "teach a man to fish and he eats daily". With the volume of citizen-soldiers across this nation at approximately 630,000, and with expectations of this number increasing, I am happy to be able to once again work with Al, addressing the issues faced by our soldiers and their families, finding and implementing real solutions. Yes this requires an educated community, knowledge is the strongest sword of all. Veterans standing together is an invincible force.
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:37 | Daniel Boothe
      You said it. I couldn't have said it better myself.
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008 04:39 | Larry Catt
    Daniel, you are an impressive young man who knows what he wants in life, and you have taken positive steps to achieve your goal. I wish you great success in your journey and am sure you will succeed.
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008 11:55 | Susan Cowgill
    Daniel, You are on a amazing journey. Excel in all that you are and all you can be. Life is an adventure full of surprises,to me it seems you are now well prepared for this journey. Thanks to Albert and the SVBRC. You and those in need of this great service will survive in these hard times. Good luck ane God Bless You
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  • Friday, December 19, 2008 13:07 | George Keyes
    Mr. Booth,
    I very happy that you have and will take the time and energy to do the right thing for you and your family. At the back end of the training you and your familt will benefit immensely from your training and effort.
    Gods' blessings to you and your family.
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  • Monday, December 22, 2008 12:43 | Liz Turner
    Daniel, I was so excited reading your personal statement. I could follow your enthusiasm. I know you were excited to write it. You left out your military connection - are you in the military now? If not, when did you leave? Length of stay? What did you do (or are doing) in the miliary? Liz Turner
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 07:40 | Bob Uda
      Hi Liz,
      In his blog, Daniel stated that he is a "22-year-old active-duty Marine." That's all I know regarding the answer to one of your questions.
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      • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:36 | Daniel Boothe
        I am a combat correspondent. I write for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton's newspaper, The Scout, as a photographer and journalist. I am currenlty enlisted and strive to make the military a career.
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  • Monday, December 22, 2008 12:49 | Liz Turner
    Daniel, I was so excited to read your statement. I know it was exciting for you to write it. One fact I want to know.... what is your military history? are you in the service now? which branch? how long? what do you "do" / what did you "do" in the military? I am awaiting your reply. Liz Turner
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:47 | Daniel Boothe
      Forgive me, I am going through more than I could ever imagined after finding out my wife is pregnant. I first enlisted into the Indiana Army Reserve at age 17 to continue my education. After graduating high school, I attended Purdue University for 2 years until the state couldn't fund my education any further. Looking for new opportunities and a chance back at college, I enlisted into the Marine Corps in 2006 and now strive to finish school and one day start a small business.
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  • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 08:27 | Bob Uda
    Although Daniel Boothe is literally one-third of my age, he far surpasses me in his writing ability and his insight/wisdom. I have written/published 15 books, but he will far surpass me on his first book. I just feel it in my bones.

    In my view, the SWVBRC is a resource, a support, and a catalyst organization for military veterans to succeed in their professional lives after being honorably discharged from active duty military service. I was honorably discharged from the USAF after over eight years of active duty service.

    Where the SWVBRC serves as a resource, support, and catalyst for veterans, I am associated with an organization that serves as a vehicle to help SWVBRC achieve its mission. That organization is called SIG Homeland Security, LLC, which is a women-owned small business co-founded about two years ago by Dr. Robert Statica (president and CEO) and Ms. Kara Coppa (EVP). The term "SIG" stands or Statica Intelligence Group. The company is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. I became associated with SIG about 10 months ago as vice president of its West Coast Division located in San Marcos, California.

    SIG Homeland Security is a vehicle that can help veterans move forward in achieving their professional goals. Those who are qualified in homeland security, terrorism, counterterrorism, and many of its sub-fields (such as criminal justice, security, law enforcement, cyberterrorism, etc.) can become members of the SIG Board of Trustees and/or Technical Advisors (TAs). Our SIG core business is to provide training (mostly online) and certifications in Homeland Security and its many sub-specialties. Our premier certification is the Certified Homeland Security Professional (CHSP). Completing the online course and passing the examination will qualify you as a CHSP.

    Those who are qualified and who seek career advancement can, as a SIG TA, create online courses, teach courses, and mentor candidates for advancement in numerous certifications. In the next few weeks, SIG is deploying a nationwide online United Alert System that we provide FREE to federal, state, and local governments; first-responder organizations (e.g., police departments, fire departments, and emergency medical services departments); and other such organizations including universities, colleges, and K-12 schools. The United Alert System is used for warning the respective communities of pending and ongoing terrorist attacks and other manmade and natural disasters.

    As SIG grows, we will be involved in seeking contracts through proposals submitted for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program R&D contracts. On STTR contracts, we will work closely with selected research-oriented universities. We will also be involved in providing on-site training and conducting seminars, workshops, and conferences throughout the US and across the world. We will be involved in performing as a subcontractor to prime contractors as well as consultants to companies that require subject matter expertise (SME). We will also develop security and counterterrorism products as well as new, innovative security services to the federal, state, and local agencies as well as to prime contractors.

    As a vehicle to accomplish the SWVBRC mission, SIG works in partnership with SWVBRC. I encourage all other business organizations to join us as vehicles to accomplish the SWVBRC mission. If we had a hundred businesses that join us to serve as vehicles, we will provide a tremendous opportunity for all veterans to obtain meaningful, profitable employment and career development and help other veterans to achieve the same. If we work together, the SWVBRC will grow into the most significant organization for all veterans to look forward to working with upon exiting the armed forces. Won’t you join us in this most important, meaningful endeavor?
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    • Tuesday, December 23, 2008 14:26 | Daniel Boothe
      I would be honored to help and participate in anyway that I can. As a Marine, I live a life full of teamwork and cooperation to accomplish the mission. I look forward to doing anything I can and working together.
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  • Friday, December 26, 2008 13:56 | Wes Koehler
    Daniel, This is exceptional writing and a good read. Looking forward to working with you and SWVBRC in 2009 as we get under way for the start of a new year. Wes Koehler
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  • Monday, December 29, 2008 10:51 | Christopher Bush
    Daniel, you've really captured the essence of that initial mixed rush of feelings during and after the orientation meeting with Albert. I am a little intimidated but really encouraged by how eloquent your book is starting out. More importantly I'm inspired to be working beside you for the common goal of this organization. I look forward to meeting you and can't wait to read more of your experiences.
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  • Tuesday, December 30, 2008 03:12 | JO ANN KUBINSKI
    After reading your log I was moved by your compassion for writing. I felt your apprehension in entering into this learning experience but I assure you that this is a winning program. I look forward to your updates and know that you will be successful.
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  • Saturday, January 03, 2009 10:06 | Lyndon Dellis
    Great 1st chapter! I am excited to be working with a quality man such as yourself. I look forward to an exciting 2009!
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  • Sunday, January 04, 2009 04:38 | Jeffrey Backus
    Daniel, Based off your writing and the short time that we have talked, I believe that you will be a valuable asset to the SWVBRC. I look forward to getting to know you better in the future.
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  • Tuesday, January 13, 2009 01:31 | Darlena Wills
    Daniel, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress and growth. You're literally 1/2 my age, but take comfort in knowing that I struggle with the same things that you do. It's a great approach to identify what's POSITIVE and build on that. See, I've already learned something from you! I'm really looking forward to your next blog.
    ~darlena~
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  • Friday, January 23, 2009 19:57 | Kathryn Montoya
    Daniel I am so happy for you, that in the prime of your youth. Such determination quest for a greater level of discernment coupled with you intelligence will only yield many years of personal success. I am impressed that you choose Marcus Cicero as the sample that looked into self introspection. I studied and love the Roman period. As blood thirsty savage conquerers. They did have their fare share of intellectual philosophers. You are a great example that being 22 is just a number what really matters is what you want in life. I look forward to reading more. You command of the English language is impressive.Your values and expereinces if they are from a small town are worth writing about so all us read.I love small towns. I am sure you got stories to tell. I am already hooked on reading the novel what is next?
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    • Sunday, June 07, 2009 19:32 | Daniel Boothe
      Well I really wish the blogs had a more daily-related update portion, but I continue to work toward my next post, incorporating all that continues to develop.
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  • Monday, January 26, 2009 09:59 | Maegan Sakievich
    I really enjoyed reading about Daniel's curiosity towards the program that lead him there and the connection he felt with Albert. I feel strongly after reading this that Daniel will have much to give in this life and that this program is helping him see that potential.
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  • Monday, March 16, 2009 11:30 | Laurel Ho
    Hi Daniel, Laurel here. I have been out of touch lately and was wondering where you are at in your program steps? I look forward to more of your postings.You mentioned that you are looking forward to staying in the Military and then possibly owning your own business. What type of business would you like to have?
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  • Friday, April 17, 2009 11:21 | Taffy Dalby
    Your wisdom is a blessing! You already have a leg up with your whole life ahead of you. I am grateful that you recognize this opportunity is unique and a gift to veterans. Therefore pass this hope on for others by broadcasting your success in the program. We know that "hope deferred makes the heart sick" and "hope is an antidote for despair". You are the CEO of your own life and in charge of an incredible opportunity which I see your are embracing. May you identify your gifts and achieve all that you set out to do in your life. Gratefully, TDalby
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    • Monday, April 20, 2009 08:48 | Eleanor Tobias
      That was a very inspirational comment from TDalby and I hope some of the other Learners are inspired as well by reading it.Communities must keep hope alive for all of our wonderful veterans who gave so much of themselves, and I know they will. I don't merely hope, I believe. Keep it up Daniel, and know that you have many supporters.
      Blessings, Fran T.
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    • Sunday, June 07, 2009 19:30 | Daniel Boothe
      Thank you for your support. Without it, current and future veterans might never realize the reason for their great sacrifices. From the bottom of my heart I am grateful and look forward to striving toward success with this unwavering encouragement.
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      • Wednesday, June 10, 2009 06:59 | Daniel Boothe
        I just wanted to update everyone reading this that all is well and my son will be here next month. I remember writing this and just finding out my wife Nitra was pregnant, but now Mason Benjamin is almost here. A lot has been going on and since publishing this I also recieved a meritorious promotion. I attribute my recent success to the Southwest Veteran Business Resource Center and all it has done for me. I want to thank EVERYONE for all their support.
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  • Thursday, July 23, 2009 07:48 | Daniel Boothe
    Big News! My wife and I just had our first child, Mason Benjamin Boothe and he is the biggest blessing in my life. I have never known the happiness this brings until now. I will be busy taking care of my son, but look forward to working with the center. If anyone needs anything call 760-622-6790.
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