A Sniper Shares His Hurts and Regrets

Today is Red Friday. We should all be wearing red to show support our active duty military.

I’ve had some amazing interviews with veterans while putting my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

I interviewed WW ll, Korean, Vietnam Iraq, and Afghanistan soldiers.

Some of the interviews were funny; some were sad; and some were hard to listen to.

Today I will share one interview to show you some of the fear, disappointments and anger our veterans have gone through.

Interview with a Sniper

I talked to a veteran from El Paso, Texas. He was a Sargent First Class. His duties were being a sniper.

He was asked if it was hard to shot another person. His answer was, “Not since I was helping my buddies stay alive.”

Death of His Buddies

The next question I asked him was how many of his buddies were killed. He said,”Fifteen or sixteen.” I said, “That must have been hard on you.” He said, They were my friends, what can I say.”

It is Hard on Families

He was getting irritated, so I switched to his family. I asked him if he was married. He said, “I was, but I am divorced now.” I then asked, “Can you tell me why that happened? ” He said, “The separation was to hard on both of us. She went her own way because she was so lonely.” He also said he had three children that he only sees once and a while.

There is much more to this interview, but you can see that he had a very rough time while in the military.

Many other stories like this

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

It’s the New Year, and I am changing MY Approach

Starting today, I will be posting three times a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Later on I may go five posts a week, depending how things go with my new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”

I am really excited how the new book is causing a buzz. Many veterans can’t seem to wait until it comes out. Why is that?

This book will be reaching out to those veterans and families who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, Anxiety, A lost loved one, or depression. There are many more problems a veterans face, and those will be discussed as well.

The part of the book I am most excited about, are the interviews with veterans who have been in the trenches. I will have a whole section dedicated to them. I have interviews with WWII, Korean, Afghanistan, and Iraq veterans

Some of the stories are very sad. Others are funny.

I will be sharing excerpts from time to time to get you hooked!

So starting tomorrow will be my first full post of the new year.

If you don’t want to miss any of the posts, just subscribe at the top of this page. Then whenever I post you will get the post sent directly to your inbox.

Just a side note to my brothers and sisters who may be hurting. I feel your pain. The upcoming posts should be giving you hope, and a meaning to your life. For personal help right now call:

(877-247-4645) 24/7. There are people there who will guide you to help and peace.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…Never, ever, give up!

Soldier Did The Delivery of wife’s Baby in Car

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+ Here is a warm fuzzy story about a soldier who delivered his own baby. 

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Soldier Delivered Daughter at Fort Drum Gates After Base Hospital Turned Wife Away

When Brittany Kennedy showed up at the hospital in labor last Monday night, she was told she wasn’t dilated enough to have her baby and was sent back home to the Fort Drum Army base.

Less than an hour later, her husband—U.S. Army Sgt. Preston Kennedy — delivered their baby girl in the couple’s car at a Fort Drum entrance gate. The couple’s other four children remained in the back seat of their Dodge Durango – one of them fast asleep during the whole event.

“I still can hardly believe it,’ Brittany Kennedy, 29, said this weekend. “I had a baby inside a car! And I’m so proud of my husband – the first time we had a child he nearly passed out in the delivery room.”

Brittany Kennedy wasn’t due to have her baby until Jan. 25, but her labor pains started Monday, Jan 8. By late afternoon, the couple decided to go to the hospital. They got their other four children into the car, and made the 25-minute drive to Watertown.

At the hospital, Brittany Kennedy said she was examined, but sent home because her labor hadn’t progressed enough. She said she questioned the decision, but decided the experts knew best. She said she had had four children already, and felt like she knew her body.

“As we started to drive back, I had a feeling we weren’t going to make it home before the baby came,” she said. “But Preston assured me I was probably just nervous and disappointed.”

The couple, who are from Texas originally, stopped at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Watertown to get their other four children some food.

As they got back on the highway, Brittany Kennedy remembers the pain intensifying. She pushed her seat back, and her young son placed his small hand on her forehead to comfort her. As they drove, she told her husband she felt the urge to push.

“I told her no – don’t push, just breathe – until we can at least get home,” said Preston Kennedy, 29. “I was driving, and then all of a sudden I heard a pop and her water broke. We made it to the Fort Drum gates, and I pulled over and stopped the car.”

He called out to the soldier at the gate to call an ambulance. Then he got in the front seat and propped one of his wife’s legs on the dashboard radio and the other on the car door.

“I’m thinking ‘oh my God, not right now,’ ” Preston Kennedy said. “I was really nervous, but I knew I had to stay calm. I could see the baby’s head crowning, and then it was coming out in my palm. And then she was out – and crying!”

Looking back, he said he acted instinctively.

“I’ve been in the delivery room for our four other children,” he said. “And when you are in the military, you learn to handle stressful situations calmly and with poise. So that really helped me.”

At some point during the whirlwind delivery, Preston Kennedy called his platoon sergeant Justin Foster. When he told him he was at the gate delivering his baby, Foster at first didn’t believe him, but he quickly realized it was true.

“I could hear his wife screaming in pain,” Foster recalled, and just a few seconds later he heard the baby start to cry. He told Preston to wrap the baby up in something warm, and turn up the heat while waiting for the ambulance. (The high that day was only 36 degrees.)

Preston Kennedy said another solider who had come by during the delivery offered his coat to wrap the baby in. Within a few minutes, the Fort Drum ambulance and fire department were there.

Brittany Kennedy returned to the hospital and this time was admitted. She stayed until Wednesday morning.

Bella was six pounds, 13 ounces and 18 inches long. She joins Preston Jr., 2; Paytin, 6; Kianna, 8 and Ananda, 10, at home.

Preston, who is a field artillery tactical database systems specialist with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is now at home helping his wife. When the 1st Brigade posted his successful delivery on their Facebook page, congratulatory messages came in from everywhere.

“The whole thing just happened so fast,” Preston Kennedy told Syracuse.com. “It’is still hard for me to believe I actually delivered my own baby– and in my car!”

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This is why we love all our military and veterans. God bless this family.

If you are a veteran and currently serving, stand strong. If you are hurting and battling anxiety, fear, depression, war wounds, addictions, etc. Know that we care!! Know that we will help you whenever you need it. Just make a comment below and we will try to connect you with the right people to get your problem solved.

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1-800-273-8255

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…..never, ever, give up!