Military Personnel Must Stay at Their Posts no Matter What

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What a ride I have been on. I had surgery on my left eye on Monday, and it is healing quite well. Still hard to type, but I will not leave my post. I will share a story from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I was injured, but stayed on my duty spot.

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One of the things that happened to day which is Veteran’s Day, is nothing. I had to head to the coast and they didn’t have any restaurants on the list I gave you a couple of posts ago.

I went to the very small town of Waldport, Oregon. It is right on the coast. It is actually a pretty cool town.

I was there to get a haircut at the salon where my wife always goes, because a close friend is running it. We drive 70 miles each way to get our hair done.

As I was getting my haircut, the barber told me to look across the street. In this small little town the people were gathering to honor our veterans. You could see all the American Legion hats being worn. She said they have been there for a couple of hours. They had speakers, and some music. I so wanted to go there and greet them, but it was over when my haircut was done.

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I said I would share an excerpt from the book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. This excerpt is from my time deployed to Korea. I was a radio/teletype (053) operator, and spent each of my days up on hill 468. On top of that hill was a small military outpost. It was being used to monitor the airwaves for breaches of security.

I was highly trained for that site since I was chosen to be a part of the Army Security Agency. It was something like the CIA of the military.

One day I was monitoring he airwaves when every started stopping. The machines all began to turn off.

I rushed outside to see that the main generator was out of gas. The previous solider was suppose to make sure it was full before he left.

I got two cans of gas and climbed up on the generator. I had just finished filling the tank when I started to fall. I grabbed for something to help me not get too hurt. Unfortunately it was the manifold for the generator. It was extremely hot and it burnt my left hand seriously.

I was in severe pain.

I could have called down to headquarters and have them send up the next shift, but that would wake them up with only a few hours of sleep.

I decided I need to remain at my post and tough it out. I found some Vaseline and wrapped my left hand with a medical cloth.

I was one handed and had to work the the equipment the best I could.

Luckily I only had a few hours left on my shift.

This was a time where I learned about not leaving your post no matter what. Many of heroes have done that on the front lines to save many of their buddies. I certainly was not a hero in this case, but I did my appointed task and I am very proud of that.

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Time to check in on you my friend. How are you doing? Is the life we have to live right now starting to get to you? Does the news cause you to scream like it does me? You certainly are not alone.

We just past 10,000 veterans following this site. (10,040.) Everyone of us has your back.

However, if it is just too overwhelming right now, 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 the know you are OK. It is free BTW.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never fosaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Good advice for veterans to Read

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Very slow today. Helped my wife clean the house yesterday. Mistake! Injured my back. The reason we had to clean the house is that our cleaning lady came down with COVI(D-19. We told her we couldn’t take the chance of using her again, because of underlying problems I have in my health.

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Speaking about health. I came across a good guide of what to ask your doctor when he is suggesting surgery, or a procedure:

  1. If testing, what is the test for?
  2. How many times have you done the surgery/procedure?
  3. When will I get the results?
  4. Why do I neded this treatment?
  5. Are there any alternatives?
  6. What are the possible complications?
  7. Which hospital is best for my needs?
  8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
  9. Are there any side effects?
  10. Will this medicine interact with medicines I am already taking?

Do not assume the doctor will tell you everything if you don’t ask.

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Some intersting military Stats:

  1. 3% of veterans who are unemployed, down from 3.5% from last year.
  2. 490,000 information technology jobs that go unfilled due to shortage of people with IT backgrounds.
  3. 31,000 Veterans and spouses who have obtained employment opportunities through Hiring Our Heroes since 2011.
  4. 44 percent of veterans who leave thier initial post-military job in one year.
  5. 40 Million-Amount that USAA will contribute to militay causes this year.
  6. 32 Donors who participated in this year’s one-day blood drive. 27 pints were collected.
  7. There were 12 first time donors who gave.

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OK…More interesting facts:

  1. 20.4 million living veterans in the United States. representing less than 10% of the population.
  2. 7.1 million living veterans who served in the Gulf war.
  3. 6.8 million living veterans who served in the Vietnam era.
  4. 771,000 living World War II veterans.
  5. 1.6 million living Korean veterans.
  6. 77 percent of the living veterans who served in war time.
  7. 9 percent of the living veterans who are women, projected to increase to 18% by 2045.
  8. 75% of Americans who said they would increase funding for veterans and services.

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How is your world turning? Do you want it to stop and let you off? You are certainly not alone. There are over 9, 560 fellow veterans here, and they have your back. Do not let the drk side win. Go towards the light.

If it is just too overwhelming GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number for you to call that has highly qualified counselors to help you 24/7.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are nevr alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unoved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

Heroes Go Way back to WWI, Saving Lives

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Going to start out by sharing some stories about heroes. Not iraq, not Afghanstan, not vietnam, not WWII, or even Korea. These stories are all about WWI.

  1. PFC Charles D. Barger 0f L company, 354 Infantry, 89th Infantry Division, was a soldier from missouri who endured the harships 0f combat service on the Western Front. He had the best cheerful atitude possible. On October 31st, 1918. (Halloween at home) while fighting in the Banthevillle Wood, Barger along with PFC Jesse Funk made two trips in front of friendly fire to rescue two wounded officers left behind during a reconnissance patrol.
  2. PFC Jesse Funk of the same group, was a cowboy from Colorado when he entered the Army in early 1918. Although wounded earlier that day, he volunteered to join Barger in rescuing the two officers. They both crawled through no-man’s land twice to bring the comrades back to safety.
  3. Army !st Luetenant Howard A. Furlong– After German machine-gun fire killed his commanding officer, Furlong moved out from a protected area in the Banthaville forest. He manuvered behind a German line of machine-guns and engaged them with his rifle. He killed a number of enemy soldiers, knocked out four machine-guns, and captured 20 prisoners.

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Some stats or WWI:

  1. Hostile deaths 53,513
  2. Non-hostle deaths 63, 195
  3. Wounded 204,002

+ Most of the Non-hostle deaths were do to an influenca epidemic that swept through stateside Army Camps.

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Here is th new Veteran’s Creed:

  1. I am an American Veteran.
  2. I proudly served my country.
  3. I live the values I learned in the miitary.
  4. I continue to serve my community, my country, and my fellow veterans.
  5. I maintain my physical and mental discipline.
  6. I continue to lead and improve.
  7. I make a difference.
  8. I honor and remember my fellow comrades.

+Read this several times and see how you are doing.

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I shared an interview with you from my book, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. Now I am going to share an endorsement. This endorsement is from a General.:

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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How are you doing today my friend? Life is a little rough? Too many fires burning at once? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? You are not alone. There are 9,485 fellow veterans on this site who have your back.

However, if it is just too much for you now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number for you to call. It has has 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!