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Lt Col Will Selber retired from the Air Force in 2024, following nearly two decades in service.  His decision was the culmination of many painful factors, including a history of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the deep moral injury of watching the U.S. military retreat from Afghanistan and subsequent abandonment of our military allies.

At his retirement ceremony, Will's former commanding officer told him it was time to put down his service weapon and pick up his pen.  Will's been writing ever since.

In recognizing the immense healing power of storytelling, Will partnered with his friend Kate Kovarovic to launch Grumpy Combat Veteran + Friends, a space to bridge the civil-military gap.  Under the umbrella of GCV, the two hope to offer real-time, expert analysis of current military, national security, and veterans' issues; a forum to share the stories of those impacted by the War on Terror; and a central collection of resources for those struggling with moral injury, including through such anchor projects as Shoulder to Shoulder: Untold Stories From a Forgotten War. Last, we aim to elevate the voices of our Afghan brothers and sisters, including through such new projects as Stories From My Brothers: Tales of the Afghan Security Forces.

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Co-Founder, GCV+F. Contributor at The Bulwark. Co-host Generation Jihad on Wednesdays. Retired Middle East Foreign Area Officer with 20 years in the intelligence community and 4+ years in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Co-Founder of Grumpy Combat Veteran + Friends. Civilian attorney working in veterans law. Bleeding heart, sometimes to my own detriment. Volunteer in the Afghanistan evacuation/resettlement space. Will Selber's BFF. Let's talk about it.