Cory Remsburg: A Roadmap from Standing Ovation to Rebuilding America and Our Post-9/11 Legacy
Commentators highlighted how Cory Remsburg brought people together. Can this bipartisan, unifying moment be sustained into a movement that can bring America back to a genuine sense of community?
Will Cory be another media moment that gets lost as we turn our attention to Superbowl ads? Or, will we truly honor veterans like Cory with an enduring legacy as we untie the yellow ribbon?
Tyler, Texas, USA (Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area) – Reaction to Cory Remsburg’s presence at the State of the Union was a vivid demonstration that there is one thing everyone can agree on…our commitment to supporting America’s veterans.
The State of the Union typically highlights divisions between the parties. Obama’s 2014 salute to Cory Remsburg generated a two minute standing ovation from both sides of the aisle and these remarks by NBC commentators, “…the bipartisan high point of the night…a genuine sense of community…the unifying moment…Cory Remsburg brought people together…”
Twelve hours after the State of the Union, hundreds of articles featured Cory’s story and Cory is trending in social media.
“Seeing an increased interest in veterans like Cory Remsburg is no surprise and proves we have learned our lesson from our Vietnam experience,” says Gretchen Martens, author of Untying the Yellow Ribbon: Transforming How Veterans and Communities Thrive . “Americans are looking for a way to come together and something to feel good about. What if veterans aren’t the problem, what if they are the solution?”
Martens’ book lays out a compelling proposal for a new American social contract that prevents the loss of another generation of Veterans, saves money in local government, creates economic development, and rebuilds America. She gives us a roadmap for communities to support today’s military coming home. What makes her approach different is that she specifically addresses how supporting veterans can pay it forward to entire communities.
Martens makes a strong business case for why it makes dollars and sense to put money into community-based programs and community mobilization: 900% ROI in a down economy. The Veteran and Military Growth Initiative she wrote for Tyler, Texas, lays out more than 40 community and economic development initiatives that can bring millions of dollars into Tyler/Smith County using veteran-focused strategies (public release date April 10, 2014).
“At the end of the day, it’s about more than just dollars. It’s about our legacy…as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.”
Will Cory be another media moment that gets lost as we turn our attention to Superbowl ads? Or, will we truly honor veterans like Cory with an enduring legacy as we untie the yellow ribbon? If we use this moment as the catalyst to rebuild America, perhaps Cory will be as proud of us as we are of him.
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