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Former War Correspondent Stephanie Gaskell Joins ScoutComms

Gaskell has covered war, politics, veterans and breaking news for two decades November 13, 2018— Stephanie Gaskell, former managing editor of Defense One and Pentagon reporter for Politico, is joining ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications and marketing firm dedicated to providing services that support veterans and military families, as a senior manager. She will serve as the company’s primary media relations advisor and will manage multiple client accounts. Prior to joining ScoutComms, Gaskell covered war, politics, veterans and breaking…

ScoutComms is Official Public Relations Partner of the 2018 Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards

Fredericksburg, VA, July 9 – ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications, advocacy, philanthropic strategy and market research firm dedicated to providing services that support veterans and military families, is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner of the 2018 Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards. Since 2001, the Military Times Service Members of the Year (SMOY) Awards have honored one outstanding member from each branch of service. They are selected based on exemplary military…

Be out. Be proud. Be vocal.

By: Chance Browning This week concludes LGBTQ Pride Month, and as I reflect on the progress that has been made on behalf of LGBTQ people through the years, and the recent setbacks we have endured along the way, I keep coming back to what Harvey Milk said about the significance of being out and proud: “You must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and will hurt them, but think about…

ScoutComms Honored as 2018 ‘Best For The World’ Company for Positively Impacting Workers, Environment, Community and Customers

Veteran-owned company receives B Lab’s highest recognition possible after only three years as a Certified B Corporation Fredericksburg, VA, June 12 – Today, ScoutComms was recognized by the nonprofit B Lab as a “Best for the World” company across three categories — Overall, Best for Workers, and Best for Community — as a result of its proven ability as a for-profit business to create an extraordinarily positive impact in the world. ScoutComms is proud to be…

Memorial Day: Commemorating our Fallen Since 1971

By: Kait Gillen I was barreling down the road on my morning commute when a large sign caught my eye. It read: “Happy Memorial Day. Thank you for your service.” I felt a deep eye twitch set in and began an internal monologue of frustration which, naturally, I will now share with all of you. Maybe it’s because I work in PR, maybe it’s because I’m a military spouse, or maybe both, but the message “Happy Memorial…

5 Major Event Planner Pet-peeves

By: Shannon McMurray Before I joined the ScoutComms team, I worked in the wedding and event industry. As a certified event planner, I worked up to thirteen hour days, handling everything from chasing down the hors d’oeuvres to testing out photo booths, consoling emotional brides and more. Even though weddings were something I enjoyed and those experiences are helping me plan my own wedding, I am relieved to be in a more relaxed environment, free of…

Adapting to Life

By: Mason Latimer Growing up as the son of a retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran has made my life different than others, but also growing up with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy continued to push that bar. In order to thrive in the world, I’ve learned that the best way to go through life is to constantly adapt to new situations as a they present themselves. Since my dad was a Marine, we had to move to many different…

The Intersection of Veteran and LGBTQ at the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference

By: Chance Browning Last week, I attended the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, DC – a gathering of more than 500 LGBTQ elected officials, leaders and advocates from across the world. This annual gathering is hosted by the Victory Institute, whose mission is to increase the number of LGBTQ people in public office and to provide programming, services and other support to help ensure their success. So, you may be saying to yourself, “That’s great…

Why Army will beat Navy: a social media analysis

On Saturday at 3 PM EST, the weather in South Philly is predicted to be a chilly 39 degrees with a 43% chance of rain. Perfect conditions for an epic football game. But predicting the game-day temperature outcome isn’t the analysis Army or Navy fans are looking for ahead of the season’s biggest gridiron contest. There are a lot of different datasets one could analyze ahead of the Army-Navy game, but as a communications firm at…

A Dose of Reality: A MilSpouse’s Perspective on the 2nd Annual Military Caregiver Convention

By: Kait Gillen   “So, would you wipe my butt?” And it is with that irreverent question, posed by my young Marine husband, that it dawned on me: I am one incident or one diagnosis from the difficult journey of being a military caregiver – a journey that approximately 5.5 million Americans are currently on. This past week, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, held their second annual National Convening on the…