I don’t know whether you will get in a gunfight. I do know, for a fact, that you will die someday. If you have a risky career or even risky hobbies—you owe it to yourself and your family to have your act together so that if you die suddenly, you minimize the trauma and trouble for your loved ones.

Take some time this month and knock out a Will, Living Will, and Medical Power of Attorney. Write down how you want your funeral wishes to go. Write out an asset list including account numbers and points of contact for those accounts. Make sure your family knows how you want to be handled if you are on persistent life support or in a position to donate organs. Make sure your employer knows who to notify and how, if you are seriously hurt or killed.  

That may sound morbid and a lot of people don’t like to think about it. But if you are involved with dangerous endeavors long enough, you will bury friends and you will know how important this is.  

More importantly, and more tactically—making peace with the fact you may get hurt and that you will die someday, will allow you to enter a fight with a clear head and better idea of the reality of what that fight will mean. 

At Tactical Tangents, we exist to make sure you survive the fight. We hope that when your day comes, it is on your terms and with grace and dignity. Until that day—get your business wired tight so that you are part of the solution.  

By: Jim

By: Jim

Jim has a background in military aviation, specializing in combat rescue and close air support.  His opinions are his alone and do not reflect the policy or position of the Air Force or Department of Defense, and no references here should be interpreted as an endorsement of any product or service by any government agency.



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