Mission Accomplished: The Very Best of Duffel Blog is comprised of a hundred of the best Duffel Blog stories, hand-picked by contributors, along with additional commentary from creator, Paul Szoldra, and a foreword by Terminal Lance creator Maximillian Uriarte.
Duffel Blog’s March 4, 2012, launch, the site has published more than 2,000 stories written by over 100 contributors and now draws in more than 1 million visitors monthly. The contributors come from backgrounds that extend across all branches of service, men and women, some are active duty, others are veterans.
“It runs the gamut of experiences in the military,” says Szoldra. “There’s no way that Duffel Blog would still be around five years later if it weren’t for such awesome contributors.”
Duffel Blog started from what Szoldra calls “accidental entrepreneurship.”
“I came up with a business idea for helping military members in their transition from active duty to college. I felt like that was a process that was tough for me and I thought maybe I could do something there.”
“I didn’t think that I would have a company and a website that a whole lot of military members love. I just thought ‘I’m going to start this website and it’s going to be fun for me. At least it will make me laugh and maybe a few service members here or there.’”
Szoldra served as a Marine Corps infantryman and as an instructor at the School of Infantry-West in California.
“I don’t know the hell of a staff officer formatting PowerPoints eight hours a day, but there are plenty of people that do and they’re writing those experiences which plenty of officers in the Pentagon read it and think ‘Oh my God,…