What are the key threats to national security, and how do we deal with them? Members joined us for an important IVY Ideas Night discussion on the topic recently featuring distinguished national security expert and combat veteran, U.S. Navy Captain, and COO at the EastWest Institute, Dr. William J. Parker III. The new administration faces a host of challenges, ranging from a still-fragile economy to complex security risks both domestic and abroad. A critical first step in this process is to pinpoint exactly what those threats are, and recognize the many opportunities and ways of confronting them. In this compelling discussion, Dr. Parker shed light on key areas of national security and set out a comprehensive vision for how to address these threats. #ivyconnect#ivyideas#ivyla
@Regrann from @theveteransproject - (Post 3/3) "By now, it’s getting a little dark. They manhandled me into a stretcher. Four guys dragging me across the rough grounds, pushing me and squeezing me across the land. They put me in an ambulance jeep on the bottom. They put another wounded guy in the top rack of the jeep. The driver said, 'I can’t put my lights on and there are no roads. Are you guys okay because I’m going to be rough.' We said, 'Yeah, we’ll be fine.' He started driving and they immediately started shooting at us. Now it’s completely dark. The driver and co-driver both took off running (laughs). Me and the other guy are sitting there wounded and we couldn’t do a damn thing. Fortunately, those two worked their way back to us eventually and started moving again. By then, the #army had come to Iwo Jima so we had some nice facilities and medical tents. They took us by turn into a tent. There was a really bright light above me and I looked up and saw a doctor with slanted eyes. I thought, 'Oh, God I’m on the wrong side! (laughs)' I started to move like I was going to jump off the table. He said to me, 'Take it easy, take it easy… I’m Captain Lo Li and I’m with the #unitedstates Army.' I calmed down and told him what was wrong with me. He told me that morphine was in really high demand so he wanted to know if it was okay if he didn’t use it. I told him that was fine so he went in to pull out the metal fragments. Well when he was back there it started hurting really badly so I asked for him to numb it. He did and then he pulled that metal out and now I have it up on my wall under my #purpleheart. If it had hit a half-inch away I’d be in a wheelchair right now because it just barely missed my spine."—#PFCPaulMerriman (#USMC, #wwii#veteran) picture: Paul holds a #grenade like the one that wounded him on #iwojima.