A Marine saved Two of His Buddies and Had a Near Death Experience

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Military news…

The Army wants to make the question of “how the hell did this person make sergeant major?” 

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As events in Syria, Kabul, Niger and elsewhere have shown, the military has a tendency to use its investigations to absolve itself rather than to hold senior leaders accountable for their mistakes.

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A Marine got a tattoo based on the viral “He’s a Marine” TikTok video that ostensibly caused the entire Marine Corps to cringe in June 2020.

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“I am disappointed by the lack of action taken so far to hold this Marine accountable. Sir, you know what he did to me.” That’s from Cybèle Greenberg, a Marine veteran who wrote to her former general, Maj. Gen. Francis Donovan, urging him to do more to hold accountable the Marine who a 100-page investigation confirmed had sexually harassed her.

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Ever try coordinating 21 aircraft across 37 different radio frequencies in the dark over a firefight while flying your own aircraft? That’s what Air Force A-10 pilot Maj. Mike “Vago” Hilkert did in Afghanistan in 2011, saving several dozen ground troops in the process.

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“We’ve raised our counterterror capability to an exquisite level. We’re going to sustain and protect that. The other side is harder to describe.” That’s from retired Army Special Forces Col. David Maxwell, who told about the U.S. special operations community’s post-Afghanistan identity crisis.

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As He Leaves The Marines, a Navy Cross Recipient Finds Purpose Through Tragedy

Retired Marine raider Nick Jones end his 11-year career in the Marine Corps just before Veterans Day. In March 2020, Jones narrowly cheated death while trying to save two of his wounded teammates on a mountainside in Iraq.

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Taliban Hold Military Parade With U.S.-Made Weapons in Kabul in Show of Strength

The Taliban recently held a parade of captured American weapons in Kabul, including dozens of MI-17 armored security vehicles and MI-17 helicopters.

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Got some exciting news…I have a publisher who wants to print my new upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life. Their name is Bookbaby. They are the leading publisher in their field.

I am starting to work with them as I type this. Keep coming back to hear about the progress of the process to getting the book published. Better yet… Go to the top of this page and click on”Subscribe.” When you do, all future posts will directly to your inbox.

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What happening in your neck of the woods? Storms keep coming? Dreams aren’t fun?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,400 fellow veterans on this site who have your back.

If the dreams are just too much for you, GET HELP!

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

1-800-273-8255..Texting 838255.

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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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We Have All Had Some Frightening Times While Deployed

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This old soldier is battling Pneumonia. Getting somewhat better with the antibiotics they are feeding me. Not ready to run a marathon yet though.

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Another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life:

I had some frightening times in korea, on Hill 468 while working up there. One time it was very foggy, and I could hear noises coming from the shed area where all the gas and generators were.

That wasn’t a good thing, because there were “slicky boys,” (thieves,) always trying to steal from the military.

I kept hearing it so I opened the door of my hut and fired a shot, plus I yelled at the top of my lungs. Still couldn’t see anything, but the next morning when the fog cleared. I could that someone had been there.

No one was actually there, but over by the main entrance was a pair of torn-up tennis shoes, and blood on the barbed wire surrounding the compound.

Figured a slicky boy thought he could steal because no one could see him.

He paid a price for his wrong doing.

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Are you strong and facing this not so friendly world? Do you still have dreams of times when you were in the trenches?

Fear not! There are over 11,650 fellow veterans here, who have your back.

Of course if your path is too tough then you need to 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 that know you are OK.

Never take on this world alone!

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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Never Feel you Can’t Accomplish Something

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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 55,000 followers on that site, and it is because so many people are seeking hope and it is provided there.

*Update: 2-7-14. I have have over one half of my share of the book done. We still don’t have a publishing date yet, but stay tuned to see what is happening. I will try to have an update often. 

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I am finding more time to write on this site lately. It could be because God is telling me I need to spend ore time with you here.

This Site will have two functions:

  • Share with you what the latest news is on my writing, and new books that are coming out.
  • Write words of hope at the end of each of my post that you can have to help you through those cloudy and stormy days.

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I am very excited to share that my book, Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” has received a national award. The award is from The Reader’s Favorite Awards. I also received a 5 star review from them. (Makes a nice sticker on my book!)

I also entered a competition called MARsocial Author of the Year Award. There were 168 entrants. I didn’t think I would do well, because the majority of the entries were fiction, and my book is non-fiction. This competition is like American Idol except it is for authors.

I was very amazed when they announced the top 80 and I was one of them. I thought the was very nice of them to let me hang around for the second round of cuts. Well, I was even more amazed when I found out I had made it to the top 40. I felt I had accomplished about as much as I could. Wrong! I had another announcement that I had made it to the top 20!  I actually began to believe in my work and the possibilities.

Just last week the competition ended and a miracle occurred. I was named runner-up! Out of 168 entrants I was runner-up! Remember, I am a non-fiction writer and I passed up dozens of fiction authors.

The winner is now the executive producer of a new movie in the making called, “Disturbed.” She deserved it when I read her book.

Why am I “bragging,” and telling you all of this? There was a time when I didn’t even think I was worth a cent. I thought I wanted to check out of this hotel called earth. I was full of self-pity and doubt.

God changed that for me by taking me by the hand and pulling me out of the muck and mire I had allowed myself to get into. I found out I didn’t need to have self-pity. Besides, people don’t like coming to your pity parties. It gets very old real quickly.

Always keep this in mind:

  • God is never far away. If he seems that way, guess who moved.
  • God loves you very much. You are His child.
  • If you let God guide you, the skies the limit.
  • Take on the dream you felt could never be accomplished and do it today!!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken,

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!