From Our Director: Take a Knee

CIR Director Carl Castro responds to the recent controversies involving NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. 

Carl Castro, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
Colonel, US Army (Retired)


Kneeling is a sign of reverence. We kneel when we pray. We kneel when we ask the person we love to marry us. And, if we are from the United Kingdom, we kneel when we are knighted.

No one dies and no one is physically hurt when someone kneels during the playing of the national anthem. The only thing that may be hurt is one’s feelings.

Yet, there are more annoying things that people do […]

By |October 13th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Recommendations from the State of the American Veteran Conference

The State of the American Veteran Conference, held Sept. 28-29 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, brought together more than 300 people to learn about the most pressing issues facing today’s military community and challenged them to devise recommendations that would address the biggest gaps and improve their well-being. Five conference tracks focused on different military populations, including combat veterans, student veterans, women veterans, Guard and Reserve service members, and children and families. Below are the recommendations from each track, along with discussion points where available.

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By |October 12th, 2017|Events, News, SAVC|0 Comments