#042: Fighting for Your Family – a Veteran’s Perspective (Podcast)

fighting for your family

On today’s episode, I talk with Mr. Keith Lawless, Deputy Director of Intelligence at U.S. Special Operations Command about fighting for your family. Keith was recently appointed to the Senior Executive Service which is a general officer level rank for civilians. Before becoming a civil servant, Keith served 30 years in the United States Marine Corps where he held various intelligence, command, and staff positions — both stateside and overseas. He is also a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Keith and his wife, Donna, have been married for 35 years and have two children: Caitlin (28) and Conor (24). Keith shares his wisdom on how to keep family a priority through the demands of deployments, moves, and a high stress career. However, this episode applies not only to military families but to all families with demanding careers or jobs that take them away from home.

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Discussion Recap

1. How he maintained a close relationship with his wife and kids while deployed/away from home

2. How his wife, Donna supported

3. Semper Fi (Always Faithful)

4. Growing up in a military family

5. How his faith helped

6. Understanding the sacrifice

7. His top 3 things worth fighting for: Nation, Family, and Personal Honor

8. The 3 H’s: He lives by Honor, Humility, and Humor

Episode Resources

Remembering Our Veterans

Remembering Military Families During the Holidays

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