What a ride!!! The last few days things have been hopping. Many new followers. I told you in my last post that we had just passed 8,000 followers. Well, just today alone there are 23 new followers and the day is only half over.
I know why it is happening, and with your help it will grow even faster.
There are far too many veterans, and current service members who are hurting.
This statistic is for real: There are 22 veterans who take their own lives EVERY day. Not every year or month, EVERY day!
That is why so many fellow veterans are coming here. They are searching for help and hope, two very important four letter words. I am hope to provide that here.
I will be sharing a short interview excerpt today. I have many in my book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life.”
The book has many endorsements from many levels of ranks in the military, from Sargeants. through Generals. They all know this book is much needed to help our veterans.
This interview was done will stopping to eat lunch. I was driving along and decided to stop at a Carl’s Jr. I went in a got my order. As I was walking to my table I passed a Vietnam veteran. I knew he was in that war by the hat he was wearing. I thanked him for his service and sat down.
As I watched him I could see he was in pain. He had a cane, and looked like he had some battle scars.
When he was finished, he struggled to get to the garbage can to throw his waste away. He had to come right by me and I asked him if he wanted to sit and talk. He looked like he didn’t want to do that until I told him I was a veteran like him. He sat down and we exchanged some idle talk, and I asked him if would share some of his experiences.
He was able to do that and here is his story. I will not do this in a question and answer format like I may in the book, here is his testimony:
He told me he was a crewmember on a battleship that was stationed off of the coast of Vietnam. They were there to send helicopters to shore to rescue men, and to get much needed food and supplies to the villages.
This was a 24/7 operation. One of the days his very best friend, who was a helicopter pilot, was taking off from the ship with a load of supplies. His helicopter sputtered ; the blades stopped working and he and his co pilot crashed into the ocean right after take off. The helicopter sank very quickly sending both men to their death. They couldn’t even get them, because the water was too deep.
My friend had lost his very best friend.
I asked him what was the worst moment other than his friends death. He said it was when he had to walk through the terminal at the airport. People were screaming at him, spitting on him, and calling him a killer.
He felt like he had said enough because he was getting very emotional. We exchanged email addresses, and he left. I could see him struggling through the window and he walked to his hotel.
There is more to this interview in the book.
How about you? Are you struggling like my friend here? Have you lost a buddy? Were you wounded and are still suffering from it.
There are many who are suffering each day from PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression, etc.
I you need help get it!! Do not think you are weak to seek help. Help is availabe and they are good at helping.
Here s a help line to get the help you need:
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