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Greener Pastures

Perspectives  September 25 2012
 — By CJ Grisham
Greener Pastures

After five long years on the You Served blog and four years hosting the You Show radio show that I started from nothing, I’m moving on to other projects.

The decision to part ways was a mutual one. Anyone that knows me understands that I am a very principled man and I stand on my convictions to the very end. I depart with no animosity towards the great company that has supported my writings and ideas for such a long time. In the end, it was a matter of differing values. I won’t get into the specifics of what those differences were, but they were enough that we both agreed that the relationship was no longer mutually beneficial. Since I value principle more than money, fame, or anything else, the decision was quite easy for me.

The VA Mortgage Center, also called Veterans United Home Loans, is a great company and I stand behind that statement. They provide a valuable resource to veterans making the confusing and frustrating decision to purchase a home. They have supported the milblogging immensely and I’m sure our paths will cross again in that arena.

During my time working with VUHL, they never asked for anything. They never demanded we plug their products. As a matter of fact, I’ve gone to them numerous times about creating spots we could air during the show to give them more exposure, but they’ve always sort of swept it aside. They are about supporting the community and don’t necessarily ask for anything in return.

For the most part, their employees are awesome people that love and support our troops and all they do. They recently spent a large amount of money during our Milblog Family Reunion at the San Antonio Soldiers’ Angels support center and warehouse. They had t-shirts made for all participants and paid to have two bands travel and play at the event. One band came all the way from New York. And they didn’t ask for money or advertising space or anything of the sort. They did it because they believe in giving the military community a voice.

I’ve got other projects on the horizon that I’m working on. Not having to do a show each Tuesday frees me up to get more engaged in my local community since the city council meetings are always on Tuesday. My local VFW chapter also meets on Tuesdays, which is why I had to miss one show each month. As I wind down my military career, I need to take this added time to get re-engaged with my community and serve its needs.

There are still many great writers at You Served that I’m sure will keep the brand going for quite some time. I’m sure I will occasionally link to those stories. If invited, I would still be working on some special projects with them. I just want to make clear that there is no reason my leaving should alter my readers’ habits or affect their relationship with the site, whatever that relationship may be.

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