Infographic on Drawing Down the Troops from Iraq
First, some background. As a newbie niche personal-finance blogger I’ve learned a lot (more) about the seamy financial side of the blogosphere. A whole cottage industry is swapping links and posts for SEO & money, and it’s going corporate. I’ve been surprised to learn how many bloggers have literally sold out to companies that run the blogger’s site for them and give them a cut of the advertising revenue. Everyone has an agenda, and it’s not always on their “About Me!” page. I don’t solicit money because this blog’s credibility rests on my financial independence. But I’m happy to work with a business that does a good job for veterans while giving us money to donate to veteran’s charities.
I avoid politics here because it’s not relevant to financial independence, and it just causes too much drama. (Hmm. Drama. More blog traffic. Hmm. Maybe I need to reconsider that policy.) Whenever I get a submission that names a political figure, no matter which side it’s on or how objective, I shy away from using it.
Back to the infographic: USC’s School of Social Work’s Virtual Academic Center has reached out to us military & personal-finance bloggers. They want to publicize veteran’s issues and programs. They provide the content, we bloggers post it, and everybody gets more hits. But while I might be happy to display this graphic on my blog, I’m not happy that they felt it necessary to quote the President by name instead of by billet– or indeed to quote him at all. This should be about veterans and their sacrifices and their benefits, not the national command authority.
If I’ve done the HTML correctly for your browser, the graphic should be at the bottom of this page. It’s also at this link.
The important info is at the bottom of the graphic: veterans have more support for jobs and education than they’ve had in years. Whether you’re in the service or getting out of it, make the GI Bill work for you. Let the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor support your next career. And if you’re feeling stressed out by what you’ve been through and what you have yet to get through, then go chat with a counselor. PTSD used to carry a stigma that kept us from seeking help, and I’m glad to see that today it’s quickly diagnosed and better understood by society. After nearly a decade of retirement, I’m still surprised to see how many of my shipmates are still showing signs of PTSD. (Right, Doc K? I mean, besides us?)
What’s your reaction to this image? Does this graphic fairly represent the facts? Does the data grab your attention, or are your eyes drawn to the President’s quote?
The only part of this graphic that really applies to “The Military Guide” is the three programs at the bottom, but I don’t mind trying this new tactic to attract new readers. Infographics like this one might get people to start thinking about their personal finances, and that’s just a gateway to planning for your own financial independence.
When you see a graphic like this does it drive you away, or would you share it with your friends? Should I do more of these infographics and other guest posts, or should I stick to the financial topics (and sea stories!)?
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