Military Scars Shows Where we Have Been, But They Don’t Show we Are Going

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Military news…

We salute the USS Daniel Inouye for flying its badass battle flag on the way into port
A fitting tribute to a legendary soldier and lawmaker.


Russia is reportedly trying to recruit former Afghan commandos to fight in Ukraine
Many Afghan commandos fled the country after the Taliban took power and are reportedly now in Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere.


Washington veteran returns from harrowing Ukraine front-line duty

Iraq War veteran Carl Larson spent many tough weeks in the front-line trenches of northeast Ukraine. Since his return home, he has been raising money to buy generators and other supplies for the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine troops.


From Camp Pendleton to Cuba: Marine remembers the invasion that almost happened

When Thad McManus, a retired teacher who lives in Poulsbo, Washington, spoke about the Cuban Missile Crisis to his history students at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, he wasn’t quoting from a book. He’d been there.

( I was there too.)


US, South Korea and Japan vow to increase defense cooperation amid North Korean threats

Diplomats from the US, South Korea and Japan agreed to strengthen their countries’ shared defensive measures in light of North Korea’s missile tests.


I haven’t done this in a while, but I am going to share another chapter from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. Keep coming back to see more excerpts. Better yet…go to the top of this page and click on subscribe. When you do all future posts will go directly to your inbox.


Scars Can Show Where We’ve Been, But They Don’t Show Where We Are Going

One of the hardest things for us as veterans and current soldiers is dealing with the scars we have had from the past. It may be a physical scar, or it may be mental or emotional. We can’t keep living in the past. Much of it is too painful to relive again. Yes, the present isn’t exactly rosy sometimes either, but it is here, and we need to deal with it. The one-day-at-a-time thought works for me. I just do what I need to do to make it through each day, and I am thankful when I have made it.

The future is something we can’t always control, but we can help shape it by being eager to take it on and conquering it with our determination and guts.

I feel deeply of those of you who have physical scars. I also feel deeply for those of you who have mental and emotional scars. I have been to the mountain with these kinds of scars.

Strive to never give in to the dark side thought of doom and gloom. Look for the bright side, and share it with others around you who need it as well.

This reminds me of Kris Kyle the sniper who was famous for his accuracy, and how many lives he saved by eliminating the enemy who was about to kill our soldiers. He was a tough and no nonsense kind of guy, and yet he lost his live trying to help a fellow soldier who was battling his own demons. Kris was trying to help others even though he had his own dark times.

Never give up! There may be walls in your way, but you will overcome them with perseverance.

Let someone pile expectations on you, and then exceed them. Your biggest goals in life become your biggest achievements. If you have discipline and drive, you don’t lose. You cannot lose. New ideas are sometimes scary, but can end up something special. Walls: They separate, divide, and isolate. But walls can always fall.

What we have to remember is that we have to go through the pains of life to achieve the joys. Pains actually inspire growth. 

I saw those words recently and at first I thought, Easy for you to say! Most people don’t know what real pain is. My neighbor recently complained she had double abscessed teeth. Knowing how painful that is, since I have had abscessed teeth myself, I thought about those military servicemen and women have lost their legs, arms, or are going to be in a wheelchair the rest of their lives. The level of pain is relevant to only what you are really going through.

We must always remember: With God on Our Side, who can be against us? No one!


It is hard enough to exist in this cruel world without adding pain and mental strain to our lives. We need to battle the elements that attack us with vigor and valor, just like we would on the front lines, in the trenches, as we face the enemy. Stand strong and be brave.

Think about this

Isn’t it interesting how it takes bravery to face this world, but it takes even more bravery to give it all up to God?


Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you fighting back memories?
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You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up.

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