On A Plane ready to fly to the Bay of Pigs in Cuba

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I am going to talk about my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

It is almost finished.

I just need to organize the interviews into something that is readable. I also have to format the whole book, which I know nothing about, but I am contact with an editor who may know someone to do it for me.

When all that is finished it will be off to publisher. I have been talking to a publisher that is very interested. I am negotiating with them, and I believe they are the one I will go with.


What a blessing this book has done for me.

My first book, which won a national award from the Reader’s Choice Awards, was fun and it help many people. This book however is much needed. It hopefully it will reach out enough to save some brothers and sisters lives.


I have receive some powerful endorsements.

I shared those with you in previous posts. I have endorsements from Generals, Colonels, CEO’s. and many more. They feel this book may be the break through to savings veteran’s lives.


I am now going to share with you another excerpt for the book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and out of the Trenches of Life.

This is from FT Bragg, my last base I was at before I transcend to private life. I only had about a month left and was feeling pretty good about where I was headed.

Then my world changed directions. We heard a call over the intercom for all personnel to report for formation outside of the headquarters.

We felt it was just another drill, but we moved fast because they timed us during drills. Found out it wasn’t a drill. The commander came out to talk to us. We never saw much of him.

He said, ” This is not a drill men. We have been informed by the President of the United States to be ready to be shipped to Cuba ASAP! The Bay of Pigs is to be our destination. You have one hour to pack all your gear and report back here. Dismissed!

I ran to get packed and made it back under the hour allocated. I thought maybe it had calmed down now, but instead they were loading us into buses to take us to the airport.

We got to the airport and started loading on the plane. My heart was pounding, and I could see on the other people’s faces that they were scared too.

We were all loaded on the plane and strapped in. The plane started its engines. We all started realizing that this was very real.

The plane started moving, and went to the spot where they would turn onto the take off runway. It revved it engines and I thought we were taking off.

Then the engines died down a little and we just sat there for it seemed like forever.

Then the pilot came on and said. “We are returning to the terminal. The Bay of Pigs has been aborted. ”

You could see the look of relief on all the men’s faces. some were even crying in relief.


Bed check. How are you doing? Is this crazy world starting to get to you? With all the insane things happening, is it starting to wear you down?

You are not alone. There are over 10,000 fellow veterans on this site. They all have your back.

If it is just too much for you right now, GET HELP!

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

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1



You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

Your are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!


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Veterans Day Free Meals

I have the good news for all our veterans. The list below should give you a full day of free meals.

My plan is to go to IHop For breakfast, Applebees for lunch, and Red Robin for dinner. Then start a diet. LOL Enjoy!!

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VETERANS DAY FREE MEALS – Monday, November 11, 2019

Applebee’s Veterans Day Free Meal
Veterans day free meal.

Buffalo Wild Wings Veterans Day Free Wings and Fries
Free order of boneless or traditional wings plus a side of fries to vets and current military members.

Cracker Barrel Veterans Day Free Dessert
Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake or a Crated coffee.

Denny’s Veterans Day Free Grand Slam
Free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon.

Dunkin’ Donuts Veterans Day Free Donut
Free donuts to active duty military and veterans.

Golden Corral Veterans Day Free Meal
From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage.

Home Town Buffet Free Meal
Veterans may eat for free plus a bottled beverage.

IHOP Free Veterans Day Pancakes
Free breakfast combo or a free stack of Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes.

McGrath Fish House Free Meal
Free meal from Veterans menu.

Olive Garden Veterans Day Free Meal
Free entree from a special Vets Day menu with unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks.

Red Lobster Veterans Day Free Appetizer or Dessert
Free appetizer or dessert from a select Veterans Day menu.

Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal
Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak fries.

Sizzler Veterans Day Free Lunch
Free meal until 4:00 PM — choose from a 6 oz. Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken, or Half Dozen

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Too Many Veterans Are Committing Suicide.

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It has been far too long since I last posted here. My apologizes, and I hope I will be posting on a regular basis from now on. Today I am speaking about suicide. A tough subject, but needs to be addressed.

I had a wonderful Veteran’s Day. I was asked to be a speaker that a Veterans Day event in Sherwood, Oregon.

There were two other speakers ahead of me. They were excellent, and I began to worry if my talk would be good enough. They asked me to share some of my military experiences, and share about a non profit I am a board member for called, Victory for Veterans Foundation.

I started out telling stories about my basic training, and deployment, plus my after deployment time. The audience was laughing at some of my stories and I felt much more comfortable. All of my military stories are actually also written in a book called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life. (Keep coming back to find when it will be published.)

I moved on to talking about the Victory for Veterans Foundation, and the audience was dead silent. I knew they would be, because I talked about suicide. They were also told a bunch of statistics and they were saddened. Here are some of the statistics I shared:

  • 22 Veterans commit suicide to end their own lives daily.
  • Many veterans are struggling with PTSD, TBI, depression, etc.
  • There are far too many homeless veterans in our nation.
  • Many are on assistance for food. (My brother-in-law is in charge of taking meals out to needy people, and he told me that out of 100 meals he delivers in a week, 75 of them are military families.)
  • A good number are unemployed, because their training doesn’t fit many jobs in the private sector.

There is more, but I am sure you get the picture.

Victory for Veterans Foundation, reaches out to these heroes and give them the help they need. We need to reach out and help these warriors to stop them from suicide.

Go to http://www.victoryforveterans.org to find how you can help out.

If you are a veteran stand strong and be proud of how you served your country. Stand strong against all the dark side fears.

Here is a helpline that runs 24/7



You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…

Never, ever, give up!