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After 9/11, Tom interviewed his aviation colleagues in Boston, New York and Washington to learn how they were relying on their personal strengths to create paths to recovery. That “journey” became a book, “Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying.” All profits go to aviation charities. The book led Tom to join with Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education to create the Human Resiliency Institute and put the themes of resiliency from the book into action to support veterans. At Fordham, Tom developed Edge4Vets (www.edge4vets.org,) to teach veterans how to translate their military strengths into tools for civilian success. The program began with Fordham vets in 2011, but has expanded to include vets from a dozen NYC schools. Now the program is being adapted to support veterans in Boston and South Florida as a platform for national expansion. Tom has served as a university vice-president and worked as a newspaper editor in addition to being the Director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham. He has a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing Reclaiming the Sky, he is the co-author with Johnny Kelley of “Just Call Me Jock,” (1982) a history of the Boston Marathon.

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making a smooth military transition into work

Ex-Military & Transitioning Back into the Workforce?

By | Posted Sep 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Transitions create anxiety for all of us, but for the 2.1 million soldiers who have served overseas since 2001 and […]