The Inauguration Went Very Smoothly. Now what Happens?

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Well, the inauguration is over and there weren’t any problems. I guess having over 25,000 plus troops there made a difference. .

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More military news:

White man who killed newly commissioned Black Army lieutenant sentenced to life in prison.

One of the original members of Delta Force has died at 80.

Army cav scout arrested for allegedly plotting with ISIS to ambush fellow soldiers.

Air traffic controller at Kirtland Air Force base credited with saving lives of Osprey crew.

Navy to name ship after Medal of Honor recipient Robert Simanek.

He fell on a grenade to save his friends.

Trump to leave office with vastly more troops in DC than in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria combined.

America’s oldest living Marine, a trailblazer for women in the service, has died at 107.

Three militants killed in New Year’s Day airstrikes on al-Shabaab compounds.

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I have been mentioning to you for the last couple weeks that the format for this site will be changed by the 1st of February. I think you will like it even more than what you see now.

I will still have up to date military news, but then I will switch to talking about you and your needs.

The reason the site is doing so well is that so many of you are Subscribing. Let me show you an example.

On New Year’s Day there were 10,639 subscribers. This morning there are 11, 020. An awesome increase of almost 400 in just 20 days. That means people like what is being said, I am sure you will like it even more under the new format.

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I was amazed how calm the inauguration was this morning. Now we will see what happened in the 50 state capitals of our country.

I live in Salem, Oregon, which is the capital of Oregon. Haven’t heard of any problems yet.

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Checking in with you! Are you holding up OK?

Do you wish things were different in your life? Have the days gone the wrong way for you?

Fear not! There are over 11,025 fellow veterans here who have your back.

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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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There Are Many Unspoken Military Heroes All Around us

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Sorry I missed my last post time. Been battling ailments that keep me struggling.

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Things have gotten very interesting in the political world. We still aren’t sure who our next president will be.

There is a very crucial vote going on in Georgia. Two senate seats that wil decide who controls the senate are being counted. No confirmed winner yet, but if the democrats’ win both seats the senate will be in a tie. 50-50.

Then if there is a tie vote the vice president of the United States casts the deciding vote.

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I have been reading lately about the heroic stories of our veterans, and current military saving lives even though they are not in combat.

I have a few examples here:

A marine saved a woman who was trapped in her car.

A soldier protected a woman during a riot.

A marine crawled out to a dog that was drowning because he broke through the ice at a big lake. He saved to the dog.

An Marine officer and two other marines pulled a man out of his eighteen wheeler. He was badly injured.

There are many more examples. I wanted to share a few to show that our military people are always on the alert to help others.

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An update on my new book coming out called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of Life.

I am very close to sending it off to a publisher. I have the publisher picked out and they seem very interested as well.

I just need to do a few more interviews, and do some cleaning up in areas of the book. I am predicting that the book will be out by April.

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Well, we made it to 2021. Are things going better for you? Does things seem to be a little more achievable?

If not…you are not alone my friend. There are over 10,745 other veterans at this site, and they all have your back.

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Here is a toll free number for you to call. Even the advice they share is free. There are highly qualified counselors there to help. They aill not hang up until they know you are OK.

Don’t go through life alone!

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Not All Heroes are on the Front Lines. A Marine Saved a Life in California

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My last post a shared some sad stories about heroes who gave their all in WWII. Today I am wanting to share a more uplifting story about a hero that wasn’t on the front lines.

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A Marine’s quick thinking meant the difference between life and death for a motorist on an isolated desert road in California last year.

Capt. Stephen Alexander, the executive officer for the Marines’ recruiting station in Dallas, was driving through Elora, California on his way to the Marine Corps ball to celebrate the service’s 245th birthday when a vehicle going the other way lost control and flipped onto its side.

“Once the vehicle came to a final stop, I pulled over immediately,” Alexander said in a press release. The Marine was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in a ceremony in Texas on Dec. 11.

“There was a vehicle in front of me that also pulled over with [3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment] Marines,” said Alexander, who at the time of the incident was a first lieutenant with 3/4 stationed in California. “I’d never met them before; they were from a different company. We all ran over to the vehicle; at this point the vehicle was on its side and the driver was at the bottom and not coherent.”

The driver was unconscious and critically injured, and the Marines could not open any of the car doors due to the vehicle damage from the crash. Undeterred, one Marine broke through the back window while Alexander smashed through the windshield so that he could start applying trauma care.

“Once they smashed in the window I hopped in and started treating as many injuries as I could find,” Alexander said. “Every once and a while the driver would come back to consciousness and say he couldn’t breathe.”

There was no cell service in that part of the desert, and the nearest ranger station was about an hour away. The Marines would have to make do until help arrived. Alexander found that the driver’s leg was partially severed, so he used belts as tourniquets to stop the bleeding before another Marine provided an actual tourniquet.

“We came to Vegas with our dress blues, not tourniquets or our emergency field kits,” Alexander said. “Had the other Marines not been there, there’s no way I could have acquired the things needed to treat him. I would have tried my best, but there’s not a whole lot I could have done once I got in the vehicle had they not continued to provide whatever resources they could find.”

After about an hour, park rangers arrived, followed by a nurse who took over treatment for the driver. The nurse found that the driver also had a punctured lung which was causing his shortness in breath. After about two hours, a helicopter arrived to take the driver, but it couldn’t find a place to land. Luckily, an ambulance came by, at about the same time and Alexander moved the driver into it so he could get to a hospital.

A former infantry officer, Alexander had been trained for this sort of situation. But in the end, he said no amount of training can fully prepare you for the real thing.

“I think reacting to something like that, you either do or you don’t,” said Alexander. “There’s no Marines Hymn playing in the background as you run across the road; you just do something.”

Alexander himself suffered a traumatic brain injury which could have killed him just four months prior to the car accident. He never expected he would wind up treating a driver suffering the same injuries, he said in the release. Though he never found out what happened to the driver, the quick actions of Alexander and the other Marines deserve praise.

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There are many of these kind of stories I will be sharing in the future. But, my next post will be all about my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life.”

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How are you doing my friend? The rush of Christmas and the pandemic that doesn’t allows us to see family, and it can pull us down like a huge magnate.

Hope everything is going great for you, but if it isn’t, remember over 10,370 fellow veterans follow this site, and they all have your back.

However, if it is getting too overwhelming, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. They have highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Don’t take on anything alone in this not so friendly world.

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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