Big Endorsements for Signs of Hope for the MIlitary: In and Out of the Trenches of Life

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I have been messaging with other veterans om www.rallypoint.com. It is a great site that is just for veterans. Check it out.

There are some brothers who are suffering. Many are suffering from PTSD. I am writing a book called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

This book is dedicated to soldiers who are battling PTSD, TBI, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Etc.

I have been very honored to have some prominent people connected with the military to endorse my book. Here are a couple:

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Most of us are fortunate not to have experienced the stress of combat.  Words cannot adequately define the grinding daily pressure of knowing that every time you step outside the gate the enemy will try to kill you and your buddies.  You are constantly alert, on point; but how can you protect your team from the instantaneous blast of the IED?  You are part of a highly-trained team poised to execute, but what has prepared you for the mental toll of being on edge every moment.  The skills that helped you survive….have taken a toll and are now working against you when you return home.  What do you do now; where do you turn?  Whether you are dealing with PTSD, TBI, depression, homelessness, or recovering from wounds; Doug Bolton has answers…..this book has answers!

Jim Jaeger

Brigadier General, USAF, ret

San Antonio, TX

Member of the Board, Victory for Veterans

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Although ‘Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life’ wasn’t written for men only, it brings honesty and openness to veterans, and military personnel about feeling ok to express fears and emotional challenges in a difficult world.  US Army Retired Veteran, Mr. Douglas Bolton brings his personal stories to life in a way we all can relate to and gives a big “you’re ok” for revealing our shortcomings and encourages us to open up and talk.  A must read for those seeking healing and forgiveness from ourselves and those wanting a fresh look on life. 

Steve Durgin, Founder & CEO with Victory for Veterans Foundation. 

Huntington, Beach California

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There are many more that I will be sharing from time to time.

Military news

There are five new places to visit in washington D.C.

  1. Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. You can learn much more here about the legendary general and the 34th president of the United States.
  2. National Native American Veterans Memorial. It has a beautiful ring of stainless steel resting on a carved stone resembling a stone drum.
  3. Other sights to see… Fantastic dining. It has become a foodie scene in the area. It is called, “The nations most food city.”
  4. Planet World is unusual in that it is all about words. There is a twenty foot wall filled with 1,000 English words. You can explore words from all over the world.
  5. RiverPoint is there for some leisure time. There are many restaurants there , shopping piers, and waterfront activities.

American Legion, still serving America

The American Legion not only help veterans they also help youth, and honoring the fallen.

  1. Serving Veterans. 1,126 hearing presentations in favor of veterans.
  2. $54,516 presented by a Kansas Post to support the Veterans Community Project.
  3. 67% of respondents who reported a willingness to get formal suicide-prevention training.
  4. $226,441 sent to Child Welfare Foundations grants for children fighting things beyond their control.
  5. $32,399 was given to students as scholarships.
  6. 17 minor children of eight veteran families who received help from $10,711 in American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance grants.
  7. 6,722 Memorial ceremonies conducted by American Legion Posts in 2019.
  8. 4,508 posts who have color guards or firing squads to perform at funerals for veterans and military personnel.
  9. 123,638 is the number of funeral honors performed by American Legion Posts in 2019.

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What’s up? How are you doing my friend? Things mounting up on you? Is the stress of life getting to you?

You are not alone. There is over 9,000 fellow veterans who are here on this site with you who have you back. Do not let darkness overcome you. Seek the light.

If it is just to unbearable, seek help NOW! Do not take another breath without calling the toll free helpline below. It is 24/7 and the counselors there are outstanding.

1-800-273-8255

If you need help please get it now!!

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

Signs of Hope for the Military

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I have been working very hard on my new book, “Signs of Hope: For the Military. I feel that it will help many soldiers and their families. The appendix for this book will have one of the most complete lists available for finding help in any area a person may be searching for pertaining to the military.

As of 3-31-15 I have connected with a military expert from Alabama. His name is Leroy Hurt. He is a West Point Graduate, and will be advising me through-out the process of writing the book.I also have been connecting with many retired officers from various segments of the military. This will be very valuable to have their knowledge in putting together the book.

Be looking for updates on the book and other news at this site, or at http://www.dailysignsofhope.com.

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I am going to be completely changing the format on this site. I will now be spending much more time on updating you and sharing on the progress of the new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches,” (working title) along with some excerpts from the book from time to time.

I have now talked to many officers and soldiers that are either in the military now, or have retired. I am hoping they might endorse the book when it is completed.

The appendix is growing daily. It will be one of the most complete resources for the military around, It will cover everything from babysitting help to Crises Center numbers to call if people are hurting mentally.

I have been writing every day and I am about half way finished. As I see the book unfolding, I see hope. I see practical suggestions for finding ways to cope.

I am living the book daily. I am writing about my own experiences while I was in the service. I will sharing my own self-doubts, fears, and depression to show that I am one of the military, and not an outsider who thinks he knows what to say.

I have been checking out other books about the military, and there are some very good ones, but I am having a hard time where one puts the reader first and talks directly to them. Many of them are memoirs, or sharing accounts of certain phases of one soldiers life.

Stay with me! I am on your side! Let me put this together for you and hopefully give you some strength, and perseverance.

+ Update: April 8th, 2015

I have been in contact with many military people on Facebook, and Twitter.

I am especially having great success adding many military people to my Twitter account. If you  are a military person and want to connect with me on Twitter, put in @heavenencounter and follow. I will follow back every time if I know you are connected to the military somehow. You can also connect with me on Facebook. Just put my name Doug Bolton in the Facebook search area. I also have an author Facebook page at: “Fans of Doug Bolton.” I will be glad to return the favor of liking your page.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

Do You face More Than Your Share of Ailments?

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Exciting news! We have a new book on the way that I am writing with Dennis Booth, from New South Wales, Australia. It will be called, “Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” (Working Title.) It is a compiling of posts that Dennis and I have been doing on my blog at: www.dailysignsofhope.com. There are 0ver 57,000 followers on that site, and it is because so many people are seeking hope and it is provided there.

*Update: 4-4-14. 

We have a big delay in writing our book right now. Dennis and I have been going through some physical ailments. I have had to have a defibrillator placed in my chest, and I am struggling with a viral infection. Dennis had surgery last Wednesday on his hip and will down for a while. So the writing process has been slowed a great deal. 

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I have had quite a ride since I last posted here. I have received some awards for my book, Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World:

  • I have received six new 5 stars awards for my book. Check them out on Amazon.
  • I received a national award from the Reader’s Favorite Awards.
  • I was a runner-up in the MARsocial Author of the Year Awards. (This is like American Idol, except it is for authors.)

All this can be done by anyone of you. It is just doing the hard work of promotion, and persistence. (Like….go to the top of this page and click on bookstore to find out about the book that is receiving so many awards.)

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I mentioned above about having some health issues. I seem to have new ones every time I post here. I have had a bad couple of months.

I started feeling exhausted all the time, about two months ago. My cardiologist was seeing me and I told him it was getting worse. he tested my pacemaker and it seemed to be working fine. I continued to feel too tired to even get up each day.

Finally the doctor did a scan of the heart and he had to inform me that my heart was only working at 30% capacity. he felt there need to be something done right away to correct that.

He decided that I need to have a defibrillator placed in my chest. It would function in a manner that would surpass the pacemaker, and would provide a shock treatment if the heart stopped.

I had it put in and the energy went up quickly. I thought we had finally found what I need to enjoy life, and live it on my terms.
Then two weeks later I felt pain going down my left arm. I made an appointment with my cardiologist and he discovered that I had a hematoma forming in the surgery area of my chest. He said it wasn’t life threatening, and It would be OK in a couple of weeks.

I went home and the next day I cam down with a viral infection, and I am just getting over that.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because I have found that when I start feeling sorry for myself, I go into depression, and battling the usual demons of anxiety, fear, self-doubt, etc.

I give all my pain and agony over to God, and I am able to withstand all the storms and trials that come my way. Is it that simplistic? Yes, it is. God is a very loving God. He cares. He is always there for you. If you ask Him for help he will be there walking with you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above ll…never, ever, give up!