The Endless Summer: How to Travel the World — and Improve It — for Free

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“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.”
-Dave Barry

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Chilling on a Smithsonian research island in Panama. Heaven on earth? Perhaps, but there are hundreds of places like this.

After Memorial Day weekend, many Americans will return to the office and fantasize about taking more time off. If only we could travel the world and experiencing life to its fullest!

What if you could travel the world — and make it a better place — for free?

Swimming with dolphins in New Zealand? Skiing in the Andes? Sumo wrestling and sushi sampling in Japan? Here’s your chance. The first — and possibly last — 4-Hour Workweek Global Challenge.

How would you use 36 extra hours per week?

If you can answer that question in 350 words or less, you could win a roundtrip anywhere in the world, private consulation with me to plan it all, and $1,000 for the cause of your choice.

My goals with this are 1) to get people to take action towards their dreams, and 2) to help people to develop a global consciousness and feel the rewards of contribution.

THE PRIZES:

Grand Prize (one person):
-Roundtrip airfare anywhere in the world, sponsored by the good folks at the BootsnAll Travel Network, who specialize in around-the-world airfare, hostels, travel blogs, and inspiration to get you going on that trip of a lifetime
-Two hours of consultation with me for planning the entire adventure and making it unforgettable…
-$1,000 to contribute to the causes/charities of your choice at your chosen destination (the destination need not be international)

Runner-up Prizes (nine people):

Free DVD copies of the groundbreaking round-the-world travel film, A Map for Saturday. This movie is one of the few cinematic journeys that truly captures the deeper meanings and benefits of travel.

THE JUDGES:

Me, Tim Ferriss, author of the New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek
Charles Best, CEO and Founder of educational not-for-profit, Donors Choose
Sean Keener, CEO and Founder, BootsNAll Travel Network
Noah Kagan, Director of Marketing Evangelism, Mint.com
Brook Silva-Braga, Filmmaker, A Map for Saturday

THE BASIC RULES OVERVIEW:

Criteria:

Your answer needs to satisfy the following criteria:
1. It must not only add fulfillment and excitement to your life (and your family’s, if applicable), but also improve the world in some way.
2. It must be 350 words or less. No exceptions.
3. It must be submitted as a comment to this post or via postal mail (the latter for silly legal reasons). No e-mail submission is allowed, and such submission will be ignored. Sorry, but this can’t be a full-time job for the judges. If you have a blog, feel free to encourage your readers to respond on your blog, then pick the best and paste them as comments here. Postal submissions are not preferred.

Selection:

The judges will select the top ten finalists, and readers will vote to determine the grand prize winner.

Deadlines:

All responses to “How would you use 36 extra hours per week?” must be received (as comments on this post or postal mail) no later than June 15th. The top ten finalists will be announced no later than June 25th, and the grand prize winner will be determined no later than July 4, 2007, Independence Day.

Who can’t enter this contest?

For more silly legal reasons, entrants must be a permanent lawful resident of one of the 48 continental United States or District of Columbia and be 18 years of age or older. Entrants under 18 years of age are ineligible. Contest is void in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions outside the 48 continental United States or District of Columbia, and where prohibited or restricted by law. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all matters related to this contest. My apologies to the rest of the world, but our legal system makes it too much of a hassle to do this any other way.

FINE PRINT — THE OFFICIAL RULES:

THIS IS A CONTEST OF SKILL. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1.CONTEST TERM AND DEADLINES: Contest begins May 26, 2007 at 12:00:01 a.m. (Pacific Time [PT]). Online entries must be received by June 15, 2007 at 12:00:01 p.m. PT. Online entries received after June 15, 2007 at 12:00:01 p.m. PT will not be eligible. If mail-in method of entry is chosen, entries must be postmarked on or before June 15, 2007 and received on or before June 21, 2007 to be eligible. Entries will be judged by the panel of judges June 16, 2007 through June 25, 2007. Prize winners will be announced on or around July 4, 2007.

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2.ELIGIBILITY: The contest, and any web site pages and advertisements relating thereto, is intended for viewing only within the 48 continental United States or District of Columbia. To enter the contest and qualify therefore, entrants must be a permanent lawful resident of one of the 48 continental United States or District of Columbia and be 18 years of age or older. Entrants under 18 years of age are ineligible. Contest is void in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions outside the 48 continental United States or District of Columbia, and where prohibited or restricted by law. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all matters related to this contest.

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3.there are two (2) Methods by which to enter this contest:

a. On-Line Method of Entry: Entrants may log on to http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog (the “Contest Website”), click the blog entry for this contest and follow the on-screen directions, then submit their entry as a comment on that post. Only one entry per person. Entry length is limited to 350 words.
b. Mail-in Method of Entry: Entrant may also mail his or her entry to: “4-Hour Workweek Challenge” 1702-L Meridian Ave., Box 126, San Jose, CA 95125. Entries must be postmarked by June 16, 2007 and received on or before June 21, 2007 to be eligible. Entry length is limited to 350 words.

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4.SELECTION OF WINNERS:
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a.The entries will be judged by a panel of judges in their sole discretion according to the Judging Criteria. The top 10 finalists will be posted on the website, at which point the grand prize winner will be selected by reader (www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog) voting to end no later than July 4, 2007.

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5.JUDGING CRITERIA FOR ENTRIES: The entries shall be judged based on the following Judging Criteria with equal weight:

a. It must not only add fulfillment and excitement to your life (and your family’s, if applicable), but also improve the world in some way.
b. It must be 350 words or less. No exceptions.

Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries and the quality of the entries.

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6.PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize: Roundtrip airfare anywhere in the world, sponsored by the good folks at the BootsnAll Travel Network; two hours of consultation with Tim Ferriss for planning the entire adventure;$1,000 to contribute to the causes/charities of their choice at your chosen destination (checks to be issued directly to the charities or causes). Nine (9) Runner-up Prizes: Free DVD copy of the groundbreaking round-the-world travel film, A Map for Saturday.

Actual Value of prize may vary depending upon city of origin. Prizes cannot be assigned, transferred, changed or redeemed for cash value. No substitutions of prizes permitted unless prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason. Prizes will not be fulfilled outside the 48 continental United States or the District of Columbia. Tim Ferriss, judges, and any other sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value at their sole discretion, unless prohibited by law.

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7.NOTIFICATION: Prize winners will be notified by telephone and/or email no later than July 10, 2007. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached within twenty-four hours from the first notification attempt, then such person may be disqualified at the judges’ sole discretion and the contestant with the next highest score may be awarded such prize.

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8.PRIZE CONDITIONS: The Winners will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability Release (“Affidavit/Releaseâ€?). If a potential prize winner does not complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability Release by July 21, 2007, then such person may be disqualified at the judges’ sole discretion and the contestant with the next highest score may be awarded such prize.

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9.CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION/RESTRICTIONS: Any entry containing obscenity, crude language, depictions of a sexual nature, pornographic depictions, violence or other inappropriate conduct or language (as defined solely by the judges) will not be accepted and will result in disqualification. Entrants represent that the entry submitted is the entrant’s original creation, has never been published, has not previously won any other contest award, does not infringe third party rights, and is suitable for publication, does not violate any decency or obscenity laws, and the right to submit it is not restricted. Entry may not defame, libel, slander or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or proprietary rights, including trademarks. No mechanically reproduced, illegible, incoherent, unusable, or incomplete entries will be accepted. The judges reserve the absolute right to reject any submission for any reason it deems it to be inappropriate. No correspondence regarding submissions will be entered into with entries except as described herein or otherwise at judges discretion.

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10.WARRANTIES/RESTRICTIONS: Each entrant represents and warrants that he/she is eighteen (18) years of age or older, and is eligible to enter. If a prize winner is under the age of majority at the time the prize is awarded, consent must be provided by parent or guardian prior to award. Judges will not be responsible for lost, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, or delayed entries. Limit of one (1) entry per person and per authorized e-mail account holder. In the event there is a dispute over who submitted any given entry, “authorized e-mail account holder” means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, Internet service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational, government, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. If more than one entry is received from the same person, then he/she will be disqualified. Only complete entries will be accepted. If a submission is incomplete or does not comply with the specifications and rules described herein, then the submission will be disqualified. Neither the judges nor Contest Entities will verify receipt of entries. Entrants should retain a copy of all materials submitted for the contest. All mailed entries become the property of judges and will not be returned.

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11.LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Judges and Contest Entities are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incorrectly addressed, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed materials, for any human error which may occur in the processing of entries, or the acts or omissions of any other entity’s computer(s), or other telecommunications malfunctions which may limit or prevent an entrant’s ability to participate. Judges may prohibit an entrant from participating in this contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or judge representatives, or if entrant has or had attempted to submit malicious code, .exe files, or any file that contains malicious code. If for any reason this contest is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of judges, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the promotion, then judges reserve the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this contest, except were prohibited by law. No responsibility is assumed for any canceled, rescheduled, unavailable or postponed travel or celebrity availability, production or programming.

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12.RULES/WINNERS LIST: To view the Official Rules and/or obtain a list of the winners of this contest, send a self-addressed stamped envelope in a separate, first class stamped envelope to: “4-Hour Workweek Challenge,� 1702-L Meridian Ave., Box 126, San Jose, CA 95125. Please specify “Rules� or “Winners List�. Winners list available after July 21, 2007. Limit one (1) rules request and one (1) winners list request per person/household.

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13.CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: This contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Except where prohibited by law, each winner’s entry or acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the Contest Entities to use, publish, and display the winner’s submission, name, voice, photograph, and other likeness and/or any biographical information the winner may provide, and any statement the winner may make concerning this contest or the prizes, in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide and on the Internet and/or the World Wide Web, in perpetuity, for promotional and marketing purposes, without notification, review, approval or compensation, all as detailed in the Publicity Release. Entrant further agrees to permit Contest Entities the right to reproduce such submission in full or to crop or otherwise edit or modify submission for reproduction at judges’ sole discretion. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, (including interpretations of these Official Rules), the judges and the Contest Administrator, and waive any right to claim ambiguity in this contest or these Official Rules. Winners and contestants also agree at all times, to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities and judges, their respective parent entities, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies, broadcast affiliates, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents of each, from and against any claims, actions, demands, damages or liabilities of any kind whatsoever (including without limitation, attorney’s fees, court costs, settlement and disbursements) due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, redemption, possession, loss, misdirection, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any contest-related activity or participation in this contest, including any claims relating to use, misappropriation or disclosure of any materials submitted herein. All decisions of the judges and the Contest Administrator are final in all matters relating to this contest. If for any reason this contest is not capable of running as planned, then judges reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Judges and Contest Entities shall not be liable to any prize winner or any other person for failure to supply a prize or any part thereof by reason of any act of God, any action, regulation, order or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity, equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike, labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot or any similar or dissimilar event beyond their reasonable control.

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Posted on: May 26, 2007.

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252 comments on “The Endless Summer: How to Travel the World — and Improve It — for Free

  1. Tim,

    I know this is only a competition for those in the USA but I don’t care I wanted to write and just let you know that I have recently purchased your book after reading about you through tuckermax.com I just want to say that I have read just about everything written by the two of you that I can get my hands on. If nothing else I just wanted to pass on my thanks for such an incredible new outlook on everything. It has given me the courage to quit the 9-5 I have come to so quickly despise and to rather go work for myself, to travel and most importantly to go and live rather than wait until it is all too late. Not looking for any handouts here I just wanted to pass on my thanks to the both of you for opening my eyes.

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  2. My father worked at a Levi Strauss plant in Harrison, Arkansas for 39 years. He started there as a “Bundle Boy� at the age of 19, and after devoting nearly four decades of his life to that company, he had worked his way up to a supervisor position only to be forced into early retirement when the plant shut down.

    I remember Dad leaving the house for work at 5 am and not getting back home until long after dark (NO paid overtime). He was lucky to get two weeks of vacation a year, but even then he was working from dawn to dusk on the farm. My dad was one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever known, and despite the possible financial hardships, I was secretly thrilled when he was offered that [lousy] Levi’s early retirement.

    You see, my dad had dutifully gone to work every day for 39 years filled with dread and always stressed, but he did it because he was a dedicated employee and thought that was the best way to provide for his family. When he lost his job, I believed it to be the best thing to ever happen, because for the first time ever, I was finally going to see my father really enjoy life!

    And for a short time, he did just that and was truly happy. Then, last year he unexpectedly died of a heart attack…. He worked for years putting off his life for that “retirement� that ended up not being guaranteed. I didn’t get the opportunity to be beside him when he passed, but if I had been, I think he would have told me not be consumed with work, and instead, to live each day as if it’s your last.

    I’m 26. Two months ago, I “freed� myself from a successful career as a loan officer to start my own consulting business, which is doing surprisingly well. What would I do with 36 extra hours each week? I’d live life to the fullest and do everything my father always wanted to do, but never had the chance….

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  3. Why do legal systems tend to block good things? Too bad, that I’m from Germany and can’t join the competition. But maybe I’ll think of something just for the sake of it. Good look everyone :)

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  4. Tim,

    “our legal system makes it too much of a hassle to do this any other way”

    This is a classic example of all that’s wrong with USA Inc.
    You are trying to do something simple and worthwhile yet for reasons not of your making, you have excluded most of the world.

    Wonder how much money was wasted on some lawyer drawing up the 14 useless point above?

    Great idea anyway Tim.

    ps The book was excellent

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  5. It’s a pity I cannot participate either since I live in Spain. Anyway I would like to contribute with just some things I WILL do when I become a NR:

    What I will do with my extra 36 hours:
    1. Get back to sleep at least 8 hours a day
    2. Do things slower.
    3. Travel to distant places to find myself and become a person again
    4. Use my knowledge (Software Engineer) to help worthy non-profit organitzations to manage themselves better an do more things (actually I am member of an animal protection society but I have almost no time to really help)

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  6. I have a wife and a 9 month old daughter. We love the warm weather so an island would be best, but, w/the twist of helping others, here’s something on my mind :)

    My wife always talks of Italy and renting a large villa, so I’m picking a place I’ve never been to, yet have received contacts from, so Italy it is. I have received e mails from athletes in Italy (w/limited English skills) who ask about my Underground training methods.

    I would find a way to set up a free seminar for athletes and coaches of all levels in Italy before I arrive and have a translator ready. The seminar would be hands on with my training methods in an effort to spread the word to the coaches and athletes in Italy and ultimately, get them to create an Underground Gym and / or boot camps before I leave.

    All the systems would be in place before I leave! The pay back from the coaches and athletes would be to utilize the “pay it forward” concept (just like the movie). They must teach their new methods to at least 3 people and once again their students would pay them back by “paying it forward” to 3 more athletes / coaches.

    I have had contacts from Professional Basketball Coaches, athletes of all types and men who somehow stumbled upon my information.

    This would be the way to give to a beautiful country and leave w/the systems of “pay it forward” intact. With the internet and my friends on the net w/contacts all around the world, Italy being one of them, I would utilize the power of everyone’s aid and put the lists together to get this seminar set.

    If time allows, several seminars of the same magnitude will be given throughout different places in Italy :)

    Thanks Tim :)

    –Zach–

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  7. This is awesome! I’m from Brazil and can’t join the competition, but this is a nice opportunity for every reader to stop and think what we can do with more free time and how we can help our friends and our community.

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  8. Hello,

    I would use 36 extra hours per week to sleep more. I have great dreams so more sleep would increase the chance of having more life-fulfilling and exciting dreams. I would write them down and publish on my blog. This project would improve the world since when I am not sleeping I am very boring person so my family and friends will be happy during these extra 36 hours per week.

    Since I am from Poland (which – according to CIA is not a part of the USA) I understand that I am not in danger of winning a trip around the world. I hate travelling since it decreases the time that I can spend sleeping.

    Best regards,

    TesTeq

    PS. While not sleeping I’ve read the 4HWW book. The methods described in the book make it possible to significantly increase my sleeping time. Thank you.

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  9. My greatest pleasure would be traveling to the best beaches in the world and creating a book that would help people gauge for themselves what beach experience from a single guys perspective. Many books tell you about what a great time you will have at xyz beach, but when you get there, you find a crappy beach full of whiney kids and overweight guys in speedo’s. I’ll focus on the best of the best, digging into the real beach culture, South Beach,Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Rio, Buzios, Florianopolis, then over to Hawaii, Fiji,Tahiti, a brief layover in the Maldives, then finish it up with the French Riviera, Italy, and Spain. I want to get real with guys (straight), as too many times I’ve been sorely disappointed by travel books written from a family perspective.

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  10. I would use the extra 36 hours to start a travel company that would benefit countries that do not receive much revenue from tourism. The company would run specialty tours that would use only local guides, ensuring that the majority of the money generated stays within the community, and not to some giant foreign corporation. Areas such as Rwanda, Cameroon, Nepal, India, Burma, Cambodia, and many others all have the potential to offer safe tours of ecological and cultural importance that many people fear to go to because of inaccurate media reports. I would donate the $1,000 to some friends I met while backpacking across Southeast Asia who started a non-profit in Cambodia that works on providing safe drinking water and educational scholarships to people of rural communities. Check them out at http://www.journeyswithinourcommunity.org!

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  11. With an extra 36 hours a week, I would:

    * Join and work at the TechShop, a membership-based machine shop in Menlo Park, CA
    * Set myself an inventions quota, like Thomas Edison
    * Organize weekly “build sessions” where my brilliant friends could come build prototypes of these inventions with me
    * Market these inventions diligently – using the great ideas in the book!
    * Set up production of the successful ones and invest the profits in more prototypes, rewarding my friends for their effort, and building up more design resources.
    * Sneak into and audit lots of classes at Stanford and Berkeley to draw inspiration
    * Still have time to commute by bicycle to all these activities
    * Develop an online design community to enable this in more places and for more people around the world, by supporting the specific type of communication the design process requires.

    Until then, with an extra 0 hours a week, I *will*:

    * Do most of the above on the bus commute to work
    * Set a slightly smaller inventions quota
    * Read books to continue my education
    * Bicycle during my lunch break
    * Meet with my friends over Skype
    * Share my work on my blog

    So either way, things should be fun. But I sure would like 36 more hours of it each week, so I’d better go finish the book now.

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  12. Question = How would you use 36 extra hours per week?
    Answer =

    I don’t need an extra 36 hours a week. What I need is a clue about how to use the time I’ve got—I work from home part-time while taking pre-MBA classes. Here’s the rub: the only things that really matter to me right now are: 1) money; 2) travel; 3) clothes; and 4) helping people. Obviously, money is the facilitator, which is why it ranks first. I don’t need money to help people, but I lack the energy (business school prep is draining) and the inspiration (my nose is firmly lodged up my derriere) to do so. I have been increasingly disillusioned with my quality of life, but I can’t bring myself to surrender myself to “the man� in exchange for a bigger paycheck.

    So I have the four-hour work week, (actually mine is more like ten), but I don’t have the profit-making machine to support the “impossible dream.� But if I had the energy and the resources, I would:

     Read all the books on my hit list, including the Bible
     Attend a wellness retreat featuring detox, yoga, and meditation
     Spend some time learning about the world’s religions
     Learn a language (or three)
     Get someone (preferably male and hot) to teach me a Latin dance because I’m an ass-shaker at heart
     Have some flattering professional photos taken ‘cuz when I’m 95, I want to look back and think, “Damn, I was fine.�
     Figure out a way to provide adequate mental health care to vets returning from Iraq. I suspect it comes down to leveraging existing resources. For example, why can’t pre-existing mental health hotlines screen vets and refer them based on a triage system to non-military institutions like universities and teaching hospitals?

    To recap, I am a 30-year old with a bruised sense of agency trying to figure out how to “be� and to “do� in the purest sense. I’ve asked that question before and was happy with the answer. But I’m ready to ask again and get a different one. Ain’t that what life’s about?

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