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+ Here is the latest update on the progress of the book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”
July 9, 2015
The main body of the book is about finished. I am now working on the appendix, and putting the Table of Contents in order. This means that it is getting very close to being complete.
Last week, I sent out three mini proposals to two publishers and an agent. The proposals will be read and given back to me on August 11th (My birthday BTW..)at a writer’s conference. They may like what they see and meet with me at that time.
Hopefully this book will reach out to the many military people currently serving their country, and the millions of those who are now veterans.
It really doesn’t matter what country you are from. Much of what is being written pertains to any country.
I have added the following sections to the book to cover most everything that a military person may face:
- Domestic violence
- The spouses left behind
- Death in the families
- Basic training problems
- Foreign assignment stories
- Loneliness, fear, anxiety, depression, doubt, and the many other usual suspects
- Personal thoughts
I have a son that is retired from the Army. He was a Colonel. He had two tours in Iraq being commander of a field hospital. (Nothing like MASH!)
He doesn’t like to share too much about his time in the service. Some of it is too painful to share. Do you have experiences to share? Were there times when you faced fear? Did you have moments of depression, or anxiety. I sure did when I was in the military.
My time of fear came when I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. It was the end of my duty time for the military. I only had days left before I was to be discharged.
Just when I thought that all I had to do was put in my time, the intercom came to life saying, “All soldiers report to headquarters immediately. This is not a drill.”
I had heard this before, and they have all been drills, but he said this wasn’t a drill. I ran as fast as I could to headquarters, and got into formation. The commanding officer walked up to the mike and said, “The commanding general of the Army has notified me that we are to get ready to be deployed to the Bay of Pigs. This will put you in harms way. Get your gear fast and report back here.”
What? I only have a few days left and I am being deployed into a war zone? I packed quickly and reported back.
They loaded us into buses and took us to the base airport. They then marched us to several planes and started loading us into them. We were in full combat gear.
I sat on the plane with my M-1 rifle between my legs. Those legs were shacking. I looked at the other men, and they too looked very concerned.
Then the plane engines started to roar. The plane started moving to the take-off area.
I began to think about home, and that I may not make it back home if I am going into combat.
The engines got louder like they were ready to take off. Then the plane turned around and headed back to the departure spot. The pilot came on and said, “The mission has been aborted, we are going back to unload you!”
You could see the relief on the men’s faces, and some even began shouting for joy. We came a breath away to being in a war, and on the front lines.
This really happened and is a chapter in the book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of”Life.”
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You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!