I think we can all agree that our country is becoming increasingly divided. Personally, I have people close to me that see many things from what seems to be a completely different perspective. I feel confident that when it pertains to any issue, there is common ground that we can both stand on and begin to understand the perspective of the other. Once we understand the other's position, there must be a way to expand that common ground using mutual respect and empathy. I am a veteran, and concerned that division is not healthy to the country that I proudly served. Let's enjoy each other's company as we join in a brainstorming event that focuses on realizing our similarities, and discover ways to move forward into a more united, United States of America.