What Can We do to Reach Out to Our Hurting Veterans?

Today I will share some news about military, and add some of my own thoughts.

Quick thoughts:

  1. Walgreens now accepts Tricare.
  2. One in ten Vietnam veterans have Hepatitis C and don’t even know it. Get tested!
  3. Becoming a gardener helps a lot with PTSD.
  4. The American Legion web site is one of the top resources for job seekers.

What can we do to reach out to our fellow veterans who are in need?

This questions has come up many times. What can we really do? I have some thoughts and ideas.

  1. Check out your very own neighborhood and see how many veterans live near you. Get to know them and help where they may need help.
  2. When you are in a restaurant, don’t be bashful. If you see a veteran with a hat on saying what branch he was in. Go greet him and talk to him.
  3. I was shopping at a grocery store and saw a WWll veteran. I thanked him and it lead to a great interview for my new book , Signs of Hope for the Military: IN and Out of the Trenches of Life. We have become good friends.
  4. I was having coffee with several fellow heart disease men and women after our workout at cardiac rehab. Three of them were veterans. Got three interviews from that and kept them as new friends.
  5. At church, I have found there are many veterans who go there. I have connected with many of them who have become friends. They love to sit and talk.

What about you who are having your own struggles?

Need some help yourself? This is the right place to be my friend. There are over 7,000 followers here who are in the same boat. Make a comment at the end of this post. and I know many will read it and reach out.

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You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never ,ever, give up!

Signs of Hope for the Military

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I have been working very hard on my new book, “Signs of Hope: For the Military. I feel that it will help many soldiers and their families. The appendix for this book will have one of the most complete lists available for finding help in any area a person may be searching for pertaining to the military.

As of 3-31-15 I have connected with a military expert from Alabama. His name is Leroy Hurt. He is a West Point Graduate, and will be advising me through-out the process of writing the book.I also have been connecting with many retired officers from various segments of the military. This will be very valuable to have their knowledge in putting together the book.

Be looking for updates on the book and other news at this site, or at http://www.dailysignsofhope.com.


I am going to be completely changing the format on this site. I will now be spending much more time on updating you and sharing on the progress of the new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches,” (working title) along with some excerpts from the book from time to time.

I have now talked to many officers and soldiers that are either in the military now, or have retired. I am hoping they might endorse the book when it is completed.

The appendix is growing daily. It will be one of the most complete resources for the military around, It will cover everything from babysitting help to Crises Center numbers to call if people are hurting mentally.

I have been writing every day and I am about half way finished. As I see the book unfolding, I see hope. I see practical suggestions for finding ways to cope.

I am living the book daily. I am writing about my own experiences while I was in the service. I will sharing my own self-doubts, fears, and depression to show that I am one of the military, and not an outsider who thinks he knows what to say.

I have been checking out other books about the military, and there are some very good ones, but I am having a hard time where one puts the reader first and talks directly to them. Many of them are memoirs, or sharing accounts of certain phases of one soldiers life.

Stay with me! I am on your side! Let me put this together for you and hopefully give you some strength, and perseverance.

+ Update: April 8th, 2015

I have been in contact with many military people on Facebook, and Twitter.

I am especially having great success adding many military people to my Twitter account. If you  are a military person and want to connect with me on Twitter, put in @heavenencounter and follow. I will follow back every time if I know you are connected to the military somehow. You can also connect with me on Facebook. Just put my name Doug Bolton in the Facebook search area. I also have an author Facebook page at: “Fans of Doug Bolton.” I will be glad to return the favor of liking your page.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!