Be Sure to be Thankful For All of Those Who Serving Overseas Right Now

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It has been a few days since I last posted. The Christmas rush overcame me.

It has been quite a ride. Coming into last week, I was in a hum bug mood. I couldn’t get the Christmas spirit going. I was having my pity party that no one wanted to come to.

Christmas Eve came and it was just my wife and I alone. Except that we did a Zoom gathering. ALL of my family was on one screen. Three of my children and their spouses. Nine grandchildren, and a partridge in a pear tree.

We all opened our presents while the others watched. We did gift baskets this year so that we didn’t have to buy so many presents. It was wonderful. Each basket had goodies galore. Wine, bakery goods, nuts, and many other wonderful stuff. The bakery goods were hand made by the way. I have gained six pounds just since Christmas Eve!!

Then we went on and had a very small gathering of my wife’s sister, brother-in-law, their daughter and her husband. We exchanged gifts, and I made out like a bandit. I got a logo mask from my alma mater at Oregon State University. Yah! A great puzzle of different dogs. (I love dogs!) I also got a subscription for Netflix. Already watched seven movies.

Then yesterday afternoon we connected again on Zoom with some close friends we have known for over forty years. One couple was from Cannon Beach, Oregon, and the other was a lady friend from Jacksonville, FL. Each of them also had their children on Zoom with them. It was so much fun. Remembering things from the past and catching up.

Why am I sharing my boring times this holiday? It is because I needed it to happen to get me out of my funk. I was so deep in despair that I couldn’t see the forest through the trees.

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While I was at my pity party, I started thinking about the troops that couldn’t be home for Christmas. Then I really told myself to knock off the whining, and be thankful that they are willing to do that.

I have a few years where I couldn’t be home, and I know the loneliness, and the overwhelming urge to want to be home with family.

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Thank all of you who served away from home during the holidays. It is extra hard, and I admire you for you service during these times.

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President Trump signed to bill that will get the money neded for the troops. I can certainly see why he didn’t want to sign it. It is the biggest pork bill ever. Many bills thrown into one to appease the idiots in Congress.

He was a very brave man to hold out so long, but his better judgment helped him follow through.

He has been a great president, and unless some miracle pops up he will be gone in a few weeks.

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How are you doing during this rush time. Are the walls closing in on you?

You are not alone!! There are over 10,600 fellow veterans here who have your back. They care for you. Many have been in the same boat as you.

If it is gotten too crazy for you, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Do not take on this not so friendly world alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember;

You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Don’t Forget Our Warriors who Are Deployed. They Need Some Prayers and Love

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The very sad news to start off with. Our president has vetoed the main bill that supports the military. Even most of the Republicans are mad. Now sure what this means. More to follow in future posts.

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This is the time to do some deep thinking. It is just two days before Christmas and we have thousands of soldiers deployed who will not be home with their families. We can complain ourselves because many of us will not be able to be with our families, but remember they are safe and our military are in harms way.

Pray for them. We need to get connected some how through the Zoom type programs. A phone call, however short it is, will lift up their spirits greatly.

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Well, the vaccine is finally getting out to the people. I thought I was way down the list, but found out that because of my health issues I am next inline after all the first responders and assisted living folks.

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I have one thing that has me boiling!! I found out that our governor has decided to let the prisoners in our state get their shots before they even give any to the assisted living people. apparently they whine to the governor in my stats, that they can’t social distance so they need it now. She gave in.

Maybe they shouldn’t have been placed in that Hell hole in the first place!! They did something bad and they shouldn’t whining at all.

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I have been sharing all the new equipment the military is getting to up date all of their arsenals and far better equipment. is coming.

I believe a strong military helps avoids any wars.

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What’s up my friend? Are you oever run with the rush of the holidays? You are not alone. There are over 10,500 fellow veterans here who have you back.

However, is the load is too heavy, GET HELP!!

Jere is a toll free number to call 27/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Things Happen While Deployed That are Hard to accept

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I told you in my last post that I was going to spend all this post talking about my new upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.


This will be a complete recap of my last post I did on the book, which was about a month ago. Since that time the subscribing has increased by 300 followers.

The Outline:

The first section will be about my basic training. Lots of wild stories some funny. Some not so funny.

The second section will about being deployed to Korea. Much sadness, but some good times.

The third section will be about my time at FT. Bragg just before I left the military. One very scary story there and more funny stuff.

The fourth section will be full of interviews. I will have WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq interviews. Many of these will be very sad, but honest. I was even able to get a couple of funny ones in.

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It will be about 200 pages long. I start each chapter sharing my experiences, and then relate them to the reader. I have been working on this book for three years. Lots of research and making phone calls. Many of the interviews are from all over the United States. I am guessing I have about ten or more different states represented.

This will be a little short tonight as I am very tired today, and I need to get some rest. Still on lock down, and I don’t want to mess it up now that we see the light at the end of the tunnel.

So before I go, let me know how you are doing my friend? Do you see hope?. Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

If not, do not worry, there are over 10,400 fellow veterans here, and they all have your back.

BUT, If you are overwhelmed right now with what is going on GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never give up!

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