All Veterans Should be Proud They Served Their Country

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I am proud that I served my country.

I have had people ask me why I did that. My answer is that three of my Uncles served in WWII. Two of them received the Purple Heart.

My brother also served. Then my son recently retired from the Army as a full Colonel. It is a family tradition.


So many people do not understand that.

Why put yourself in harm’s way? Why risk permanent damage to your body like so many have?

It is because we as veterans didn’t want any other countries to take away our freedoms. We didn’t want the aggressive countries to dominate other countries.


Update on my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

I have got the “slows.” I have had some health issues and it is slowed me down from doing more work on my book. I am back at it now, and I am still trying to have the book come out this fall.


President Biden is in way over his head. So many people attacking him from all sides. He is slowly letting his Vice president take over his duties.

One example of that is this week. Any time you and a leader from another country come to visit the White House, the President and his wife are there to greet them.

Not this time. Vice President Harris and her husband greeted the leader from Japan this week.

First time in the history of our country has this happened.


Bed Check!

Are your days dark and dreary? Are you trying to survive in the muck and mire?

You are not alone! There are over 11,860 fellow veterans on this site, and they have your back.

However, if you are sinking in the muck and mire, 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 on you until they know they are OK.

Never, ever, try to take on this, not so friendly, world alone!



You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!


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What Does the 4th of July Mean to our Military

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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics.  


This is a new social network just for veterans. I joined it and made instant friendships with veterans who want to talk about what I want to talk about. Please check it out. You will be glad you did.


We have just added a fantastic product for people who are suffering from PTSD. I have looked at the video myself. It is a little long, but it is very valuable. Go to  to see for yourself. It will change your life if you suffer from PTSD. 


Time to buy the firecrackers, get the barbeque heated up, and have a great family gathering. It is the 4th of July!

But…is that all the 4th of July really means? Is it just and extended weekend?

Many years ago in 1776, our nation broke away from depending on other countries, and formed our own, by signing the Declaration of Independence.  We decided to walk the path of life alone.

Our great nation has grown through the years. We have prospered, and have a good lifestyle.

The U.S.A. has many freedoms. We have many choices. However, we sometimes use those freedoms, to cause turmoil. We may be the most satisfied nation, but we also may be the most empty.

We expect the luxuries. We expect to be able to choose our own paths. We have become a self centered nation that is having storms within its borders.

Let’s change our thinking now to the men and women who have fought for us to get those freedoms and luxuries. We may well have been taken over by the enemy in past wars if it weren’t for our veterans who put themselves in harm’s way to assure us of those freedoms.

That is what the 4th of July means to me. It is celebrating our freedoms and thank those who have gotten it for us.

We need to give back to these heroes to thank them for their service in the military. That is where Bike 22 comes in. There is a national event that started today. Steve Durgin, the CEO of Victory for Veterans of riding his bike across the great nation of ours to bring awareness of our veterans and the sacrifices they have made. He is heading up the West coast, and then zig zagging his way across this country to end up in Washington D. C.

Steve will be coming through over 80 cities. He will be greeted by thousands of people. Why don’t you join him on his quest to help those veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression, homelessness, war wounds, etc. Show him you care. Show him you want to help out by riding with him or being at one of the events to show support. You can even donate right now on this site to help out.

Here is the information you need to get started. Click on the link and just do it:

Doug Bolton

Remember this if you are a veteran:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, giveup!

There is always 24/7 help at 1-877-995-5247

Join the Rat Race? Even Rats Rest Once and a While

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I am pretty excited about being able to be one of the authors who will be signing their books at the Oregon State Fair, in Salem Oregon this year. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, and get the word out about my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

The fair runs from August 26th-September 5th. I will be there 12 hours  a day, every day. If I live through it alive I will be blessed. (I will be blessed even if I don’t live through it! 🙂

If you live close, please drop by and say hello. Above all, if you would be so kind, could you tell a couple thousand of your closest friends that I will be there?


I had a high school class reunion on Saturday. It was good to see so many of my classmates there. Had dinner with two of them. I even sold two books. That was a nice bonus.


Why is it is so hard for people to be submissive? That seems to be a dirty word with a lot of people, because they have to give up something. They are not willing to stop their sins, or so called freedoms, and submit to God.

Is it so hard to give up that fancy boat, or car? Do you need to live in that mansion?

I have felt I would like to live the “better,” life many times. I see a house on the top of a hill that has six bedrooms, and a four car garage, and wonder how nice that might be?

The I wonder if I would really be happy? Wouldn’t I then want an even bigger house, because the neighbors down the road build a house with one more bedroom? Maybe they had a fancier car? I may want to go  and buy a better one just to say I had the best car in the neighborhood.

It gets crazy. It like we all are in a rat race to out do each other. Well, think on this…. even rats rest once and a while!  

I have decided that I am “okey dokey” with what I have. I can be happy with what God has given me.

As a matter of fact, Joshua said it for me… “For me and my house, We will serve the LORD.”

Remember: Never, ever, give up!