Preparing for Civilian Life After the Military Can be Very Difficult

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Military news…

An Army paratrooper accused of misconduct in 2020 in Syria was cleared of all charges during a court-martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

(I was stationed at Ft. Bragg.)

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In a Historic First, Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln Deploys Under Command of Female Captain

USS Abraham Lincoln has deployed to the Western Pacific with the first woman to captain a nuclear-powered carrier, Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt. It’s also the first carrier deployment for a Marine Corps F-35C fighter squadron.

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coronavirus on US bases

South Korean president calls for ‘rigorous’ measures to stem coronavirus on US bases

coronavirus on US bases

The South Korean government needs to work closer with the U.S. military to curb the spread of COVID-19 stemming from American troops stationed in the country, the country’s president said.

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Kansas contractor sentenced for fraudulently taking millions of federal funds meant for disabled vets

A Topeka-based contractor cheated to obtain contracts between 2009 and 2018 that should have gone to firms led by disabled veterans and racial minorities. The type of scheme involved is often called “Rent-A-Vet” or “Rent-A-Minority” fraud., prosecutors said.

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Russia’s rifts with the West keep growing. How did we get here?

Putin has shown an ability to rattle NATO leaders and keep Europe off balance, demanding sweeping security guarantees that include NATO’s ruling out any future expansion in Ukraine or other countries along Russia’s borders. NATO leaders say Moscow cannot dictate the alliance’s move

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Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine

Russia’s decision to send paratroopers into Kazakhstan, where a crackdown on violent anti-government protests has left dozens dead, injects additional uncertainty into upcoming talks over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Here is another excerpt from my ucp coming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Are You Trying to Finish the Race With a Broken Leg?

You have spent several years of your life serving your country. You have had many months of stress, and pain. You may be still in the trenches, or you may be already out in the private sector.

As the time gets near to facing the outside world, separate from the military, are you ready? Do you have a plan? If you are already in the private sector, have you attempted to fit in, or are you hiding from others?

What I have said here doesn’t fit most of you, but there are some who are having difficult times thinking about the future. You worry about the new approach to living. You were used to the strictness, and regimented type atmosphere, and fear that this approach will not be too acceptable in your new environment. Then you are facing a world where you make all the decisions. Some of us do not do well with no one in authority over us.

In the private sector, we have to find a new normal. The first goal at this time is to release the past. The second goal is to plan for the present. The third goal is to look to the future.

Treat each new day, in the private sector, as if there was just a new fallen snow and it has provided a white blanket for you to walk on to form a path that only you take and others follow.  

After we join the private sector, we expect our lives to suddenly be happy, trouble free, and victorious. We forget that victories come only after we fight battles and win. 

There shouldn’t be this barrier between you and what you are trying to accomplish. It is tough enough to survive in this world without other factors digging into your thinking process.

Having stress about facing the new world is like having a broken leg and trying to finish a race. It can be done, but the pain, and agony is almost unbearable.

Help yourself by taking time before you leave the military to study the ways of cooperation’s. Learn how to adjust to the new status quo. Don’t go into a new situation cold turkey.

Read up on life after the military. There are books that can guide you to walk the right path to help ease you into the new world.

Go to night school and get some college credits. There are also online courses you can take no matter where you are in the world. My son was able to get two Masters Degrees while in the military, and this helped him get a very nice job when he retired.

My first few months after I got out of the military were pretty stressful because I had a family. I had to provide, and there weren’t too many jobs to be had. I had to work at jobs I didn’t really like. Some were down right degrading, like the story I told you about working on the “chain gang,” railroad crew.

But I slowly adjusted and eventually found a job in teaching that was very good for not only providing for my family, but was rewarding as well.

Take on this world with vigor, and courage. It is almost as daunting in the private sector as it is in the deserts of Afghanistan. You are a brave soldier for facing that challenge, and I am sure you will be just as brave in the private sector. You will achieve your goals and be a very productive citizen, who has a big feather in their cap. The feather of valor, and commitment, because of your time you served your country.

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Don’t think that people will look down on you for being a soldier. It may happen from time to time. I went through that when I was a teacher, and invited my son Colonial K.C. Bolton to come and speak to my class. He was honored to come, and the principal even had him speak to the school.

However, there were a couple of the teachers who were anti-war, and wasn’t happy that a soldier was coming to speak. They let me know about it, and I stood my ground. I said I was very proud of my son, and since I was a veteran as well, I felt they were also attacking me.  That quieted them down a little, and they even recanted their thinking after hearing my son share the need for bravery in each of the children’s lives. It was a wonderful talk and the children loved him.

I once said in a talk during a book signing,” Let people feel the weight of who you are, and let them deal with it.”

Think on this

Isn’t it funny how people want to be protected and yet frown on those who do the protecting?

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Checking in on you…How are you doing? Are you struggling now that you are a civilian?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,625 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If you are battling mentally, because of your love for others, but it isn’t working, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will no hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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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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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.

So stay tuned and subscribe today if you haven’t already. You will get all future posts in your inbox. You will not be sorry you did. Please tell others about this site as well.

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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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However, if the road is too rough for you right now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number to call that has highly qualified counselors to help you. They will not hang up on you until they know you are OK. All of this is free.

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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How Do We Show Love That Lets Others Know We Are Christians

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Another shocking announcement! ( That got your attention!) “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, ” is now out in eBook form. I You can acquire it at all the eBook outlets. It is only $4.99 compared to $19.99 in the bookstores. Help it climb the www.amazon.com best selling list. You can even order it right from this site by clicking on the Amazon icon on the right.

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I have an exciting announcement to make! I was selected as a finalist for the Reader’s Favorite Awards for my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”  The category is self-help/Christian Living.

This is such an honor for me. It started out as a 5 star review from them and then the book went all the way to being one of the finalist. I wasn’t named to  the top honor, but I still was sent stickers I can put on my books saying I was a finalist, and the book is now an award winning book.

You are probably asking, ” How did you even get a chance to win this award?” There are many places that have books awards. Just put in “book awards” in your Google search area, and start submitting today. You never know, you may have sticker sent to you, as well, that will help you sell many more books.

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How do we show love to others that lets them know we are Christians.

This has been a question that many have asked others.

Let me share the story of Paul. He hated Christians/Jews. He persecuted the Jews, and put some to death. He even held the coats of the men who stoned Stephen to death.

He was walking to Damascus, which is still part of Syria today, and met Jesus. Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, Why do your persecute me?” Saul was then named Paul, before the LORD changed it.

Paul was awe stuck, and fell to the ground. He turned his life over to the LORD right on the spot, and he then went all around the country telling others about Jesus . He shared the need to spread love to everyone.

Why this long story? You and I don’t need to walk on the road to Damascus to know that we can share love with others by sharing our faith like Paul did. We can talk about how The Lord open our hearts and minds to Him, and how that changed our lives.

It doesn’t take a person who is highly educated to share the gospel, or tell stories about their own lives. It just take a person who loves others enough to be concerned for their souls.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken,

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!