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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at www.dailysignsofhope.com, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
Well, I told you in my last post I would share with you more from one of the chapters in the new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”
The one I have selected for today is talking about loneliness. One of the hardest things to adjust to and being alone quite often while you serve. This chapter talks about the loneliness I faced in Korea:
Loneliness in Korea
Many civilians do not understand how you can be lonely when you have so many other military around you.
It may be hard to understand, but all these other military are from all over the country, and do not relate to your needs to connect you to your home. They all have their owns worlds of loneliness from not hearing from their own loved ones.
There worst of my personal loneliness was while I was stationed in Korea. We were stationed on a small base called Camp Red Cloud. There weren’t a lot of military there. We were stationed there to keep the peace, and monitor the radio waves to make sure there were no breaches of security. We were the Army Security Agency.
Being there made me feel real isolated. I was in a foreign country that didn’t speak my language.
The chapter goes on how the people there didn’t even want us to be there. Some locals threw rocks at the military trucks as they went by.
I also mention that during my working long twelve hour working days, I was stationed on top of hill 468 and I was the only one there. Talk about loneliness. The silence was deafening!
You were alone and couldn’t call down to the base for help. There wasn’t anyone to come.
During the shift and during of the silence you had time to think of home, about the girlfriend you left behind. You think about the fun times such as fishing in the lake near the farm where I grew up.
I share in the chapter how I made it through the loneliness, by writing a journal, reading tons of books, and writing real letters and send them home in the mail.
In the end of the chapter I share some thoughts on helping the reader through their loneliness:
” Loneliness is a direct cause of depression, and sadness. Try to fill your life in the military with things you enjoy. Don’t sit and think of negative things. Don’t hide from the world where you are stationed overseas. Find things to fill your day that will change your attitude, and give you hope.”
In the future posts I will share parts of other chapters to give you a feeling of what is printed.
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!