This is the Day We Should Never, Ever, Forget

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It is September 11, 2020. 19 years ago today our nation was attacked. Many lives were lost. There were many heroes created on that day and the days after. Flight 93 was a plane load of heroes who gave up their lives to save many others.

I remember that day very clearly. My wife and I were at my son’s home in LaPine, Oregon. We had the TV on. It was inturrupted with the shocking news about the deadly attack. We both were stunned. We had a boy in the service and we feared he would be put in harm’s way. We couldn’t do anything, but leave and go home, even though we were supposed to be there several days.

We should never, ever, forget that day. It changed our lives forever.

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I pray that you didn’t lose a loved one on that day. Many families did. We as a nation came together quickly after that day. Young men and women inlisted in the military to help fight the dangers that these events can cause.

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i am watching on TV right now a soldier receiving the Medal of Honor. He saved over 70 lives in one operation. His courage and determination was far beyond the call of dutry.

There are so many other stories like this. Our veterans, and current military do not fear for their lives. They fear for those loved ones back home who may be in danger.

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How you doing my friend? Were you part of that terrible day? Did you lose loved ones on that day? I am so sorry if you did. My heart is aching for you.

This world can be pretty overwhelming these days. There are so many things to worry about. The Pandemic, rioting, wild fires everywhere, and people on the edge of giving up.

I need to remind you that this month is suicide preverntion month. Please get help if you are at that stage. Here is a toll free number to call right now. It is open 24/7.

1-800-273-8255

There are very qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

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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 is the National Suicide Month. Get Help if you Need it

I have been out because of computer problems. My last post was over ten days ago. Sorry that I wasn’t there for you during that time.

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I have told you this before, but I live near the dreaded city of Portland, Oregon. There have been over 90 straight days that rioting has taken place. Buildings are being burnt down, and many of them are owned by black people.

President Trump has again said he will send help if asked. The very weak mayor of Portland, isn’t interested. He actually admitted yesterday that the rioting must stop. He is saying that after 90+ days of terror??

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September is National Suicide Prevention month. This, of course, is dear to my heart. I have too many friends who have lost loved ones.

The suicides are extremely high in the military. Every day over 22 brothers and sisters take their own lives. That is very sad. They aren’t reaching out for help when they need it.

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We are celebrating 75 years since the end of the WWII war. There were many personale who lost their lives defending our country. Here are just a few numbers:

  1. Army- 11,727
  2. Navy- 6,266 (1,518 in one day at Pearl Harbor)
  3. Marines- 16, 025

This is just a parcial of the total. There were pilots, and other airforce groups who died.

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Here are some actual thoughts about the end of the war, of some who fought:

“I was quite happy when the war was over. I knew I would get home.”

John Stokes, Navy armed guard, SS Louis Weule, Manila, Philippines.

“I was on the scope of the deck, and we were about 200 yards off the Missouri. I watched MacArthur and all the Japanese sign the papers. I was so glad to see it was over.

W.Rex Kocher Navy fire control 2nd class, USS Wedderburn Tokyo Bay, escorting the USS Missouri.

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How are you doing my friend? Are you struggling? Have there been too many bad days?

You certainly are not alone. There are over 9,000 fellow brothers and sisters on this site who have your back. Don’t spend another minute suffering.

If it too overwhelming for you right now, GET HELP!! The majority of suicides in the military are because the person never even seeked help. Do not be one of the people. Below is a toll free number for you to call for help. There are highly trained counselors there to help you:

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!

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!!

+If you like what you see, please subscribe at the top of this page where it says, “subscribe.” When you do all future posts will come directly to your inbox. Also, if you know some else who could benefit for the site, please let them know about it. You may be saving a life. Your comments will not be seen by other people, just me, and I will connect with you to see if you are OK to share it.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!