A good poker player looks and responds to the tells of other players in a poker game to make the best decision to win. But looking is just one of the many forms of listening and by listening you can sometimes tell the future. Over the last ten years coaching veterans, the thing that generated the greatest positive effect for the veterans was the interactive listening from other people. Each time a person gave the veterans some time to tell their story, the veterans received a sort of reassuring sense of understanding for themselves to move on with their goals and civilian life aspirations.
You may think “Well I am too far removed from helping veterans or our military; I am not trained enough to understand.” Think of the times at a national event when the announcer says, “Let us pause for a few moments for x event that has national importance.” Similarly, if you pause for a moment and think about our military service and the services of our veterans, you will actually be doing your part. Simply by listening.