Do Not forget Our Military Who are Deployed. They Are Without Close Family

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It is Thanksgiving. I am searching for things to be thankful for. This year it is hard. So many negative things happening around us.

I will whine a little more here and then show some reasons we should be thankful.

The rioting, the pandemic, and the messed up election, would cause anyone to complain. What can we find to be thankful for?? I have found it by searching and doing research:

  1. We are thankful we live in a free nation. That is because of our brothers and sisters who are deployed today as we speak. They are in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all over the world. There are away from their loved ones. They can’t hug their families. However, they are proud of what they are doing and I say God bless them.
  2. What follows is an actual story about Marines saving a woman’s life. They jumped into action and moved quickly.
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Whenever an emergency arises, people in danger have no better friends than motivated Marines.

Such was the case when a woman on a scooter was struck by a car recently near Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

With the woman pinned under the car, Marines with Guard Company quickly had to come up with a plan to free her.

Cpl. Denny Bohne and Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Belko quickly realized that they needed to find a way to raise the car so that the woman could be pulled to safety.

Bohne said he and another Marine opened the car’s trunk and found a jack.

“As soon as I grabbed the tire iron, I started jacking the car up from the rear, and Staff Sgt. Belko proceeds to run over to a civilian’s car, grab their jack from their vehicle, and then start jacking up the front of the car,” Bohne said.

Their actions significantly cut down the time it took for emergency responders to pull the woman from underneath the car and start treating her, said Washington, D.C., firefighter Lt. Leo Ruiz, of Engine 18.

“Honestly: If they hadn’t done what they had done, it could have delayed care for that patient,” Ruiz said.

With the help of the Marines and others on the scene, the woman survived.

Belko noted that a lot of people came together to make sure the woman was freed and treated as quickly as possible.

“Marines run to the sound of the guns, so it didn’t surprise me at all that the Marines were there,” Belko said.

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Here is another update of ne equipment the military is getting for the future:




After years in development, soldiers are officially putting the Army’s next-generation short-range air defense system through its paces ahead of its eventual delivery and fielding in Germany.
Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment out of Ansbach, Germany traveled to the White Sands Missile Range to conduct training and operational testing of the Army’s Initial Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) system, the service announced last week.

The IM-SHORAD system consists primarily of a Stryker-mounted 360-degree Avenger air defense turret loaded up with Stinger and AGM-114 Longbow Hellfire missiles (the latter of which are traditionally used in air-to-surface roles), an XM914 30mm cannon, and a 7.62mm machine gun.

The 5-4 ADA will be the first unit to receive the IM-SHORAD system in Germany to replace its aging Humvee-mounted Avenger systems, a move that comes amid the U.S. military’s resurgence in Cold War-style tactics in Europe in the aftermath of the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014Top of Form
Bottom of Form”There’s a lot of equipment on this machine that will change a lot of aspects for the Air Defense Artillery,” Spc. Andy Mendoza, an air and missile defense crewmember with the 5-4 ADA, said in a statement. 
The operational training and testing come just weeks after General Dynamics Land Systems announced that the Army had awarded the defense contractor a $1.2 billion contract award to produce, test, and deliver 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD Strykers to the service.

The Army had previously selected an IM-SHORAD solution engineered by Leonardo DRS back in June 2018.
The service plans on eventually spreading 144 systems across four battalions by as soon as fiscal year 2023. According to Army budget documents, the service plans on spending an additional $1.575 billion through 2025 on acquiring a total of 180 IM-SHORAD Stryker vehicles.

The IM-SHORAD system “provides the Army improved capabilities for defense of maneuver formations and other tactical echelons from low altitude air attack and surveillance,” according to the service’s fiscal year 2021 budget documents. 

At the moment, however, the IM-SHORAD is “not quite ready for full production,” hence the soldier testing by the 5-4 ADA, according to the Army statement.

Soldiers “need to get their hands on the system, learn to use it, and then use it just as they would, including trying new things, making mistakes, and otherwise doing the sort of thing that the system designers may not have prepared for,” per the Army.

“Everything might look good on paper, on the board, but until we get through the testing and putting it through its paces, understanding what it’s actually capable of, we won’t know if we’re producing the right system for the Soldier,” Steven Powell, acquisition logistics lead with the IM-SHORAD Program Office, said in a statement.

Sorry the small print here. This old soldier can not figure out how to enlarge.
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I would be unforgiven if I didn’t check into how everything is for you. How are things going for you? Is the world turning too fast? You are not alone. There are over 10,160 fellow veterans here and they all have your back.

BUT! If it is too overwhelming for you GET HELP!

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

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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Special Goodies for Our Veterans Who Deserve it

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My last post was so well received I am going to post another one like it. This one will have different type of events for you to check out. Go back to my previous post to see all the restaurant deals.

Special Guests
Nov. 4 – Q&A with Marine Veteran & WWSuperstar Stephen Kupryk
Nov. 5 – “Chief Chat” with Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Jacobs
Nov. 6 – ViT Veterans Day Gala Broadcast w/ Snoop Dogg, Kevin O’Leary
Nov. 12 – “Chief Chat” with Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg
Nov. 24 – “Chief Chat” with Medal of Honor Recipients Gary Beikirch & Gary Littrell

Parades

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Virtual Parade Edinburg, Texas
Nov. 11 – New York City Veterans Day Events & Parade
Nov. 11 – 101st Annual Veterans Day Parade Leavenworth, Kansas
Nov. 11 – Virtual Charleston Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – Tarrant County Veterans Day Motorcade Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 11 – Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – Douglas County, Oregon Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – San Fernando Valley Virtual Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – Elma, Washington Veterans Day Parade

Celebrations/Observances
Nov. 1 –  All Veterans Tribute! – Emporia, Kansas
Nov. 5 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Branson, Missouri
Nov. 5-10 – Veterans Village in Branson, Missouri
Nov. 5 – Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
Nov. 5 – Virtual Flag Raising – Coatesville, PA
Nov. 5 – Vets for Vets Celebration Show in Branson, Missouri
Nov. 7 – 100th Veterans Day Celebration Warsaw, North Carolina
Nov. 7 – Cullman Veterans Day Celebration Vinemont, AL
Nov. 7 – Free Meal – VFW Post 6441 Wimberley, Texas
Nov. 7 – VETFEST Louisiana 2020
Nov. 7 – Carnegie, Pennsylvania Free Library American Legion Day
Nov. 7 – Orange, California Field of Valor 2020
Nov. 7 – Veterans Expo Celebration Henderson, Nevada
Nov. 7 – Veterans Vehicle Procession Auburn, Washington
Nov. 8 – Virtual Veterans Tribute Program Auburn, Washington
Nov. 10 – Hampton, Virginia Medical Center Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 10 – Bronx, New York Chamber of Commerce Veteran Heroes
Nov. 11 – ***National Observance Arlington National Cemetery***
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day 2020 Loveland, Colorado
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Commission Events Mobile, Alabama
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nov. 11 – Minnesota Virtual Veterans Day
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony New Jersey
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Celebration Norwalk, Connecticut
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony Green, Ohio
Nov. 11 – Virtual Indianapolis Veterans Day Service and Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Dayton, Ohio Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony St. Robert, Missouri
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony New Jersey
Nov. 11 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Phoenix Virtual Veterans Day Celebration
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony Brea, California
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day at the National Korean War Veterans Memorial
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Truckee, California
Nov. 11 – Virtual Remembrance Ceremony Auburn, Washington
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day 2020 Irvine, California
Nov. 11 – Connecticut Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Tribute Orange, California
Nov. 11 – Scouting Salute to Service Members and their Families
Nov. 16 – The Roll Call Punta Gorda, Florida

Employment
Nov. 2 – Virtual Career Fair for Veterans and Spouses
Nov. 3 – Texas Hiring Red, White and You, Virtual Job Fair Prep
Nov. 4 – Government Contracting Certifications for Veterans
Nov. 4 – Arming Vets to WIN in the Federal Marketplace
Nov. 5 – Tips for Dealing with Job Rejection
Nov. 6 – Ohio Veterans Hiring Overview

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So how’s your day my friend? Are you facing the world we have to live in today? Do the days seem too long?

If you are struggling and are facing a heavy burden, you are not alone! There are close to 10,000 fellow veterans here that have your back.

However, if the the world is weighting you down too much and you need help, GET HELP!

Here is a tool free number to call that has highly trained counselors to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

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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You may Give up on God, But He won’t Give up on You

I had a horrible day yesterday. Satan isn’t happy that I published, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

I decided to put my author hat away, and put on a salesman hat. It was time to contact all the local bookstores, and gift shops.

Out the door I went all excited to do God’s calling.

The first place I went to was a small independent Christian book store called, “Wings of the Soul.” I walked up to the store door and turned the knob. It was closed!  The store was suppose to open. It was not. I left feeling a little dejected, but  moved on to the next place on my list.

The next place was a local pharmacy that had a nice gift shop. I am even close friends with the owner. He was in favor of me putting the book in his store, but he has a shop manager that I needed to contact first.

I went into the shop, and asked one of the staff if I coud meet with the manager. The lady I talked to must of ate nails for breakfast. She blurted out, ” She’s not here.” I asked when she might be back.? “I don’t know!” This went on for a few minutes, and I finally  gave her one of my promotional packets, and asked her to give it to the manager. She again blurted out,” I don’t when she may be back! She comes and goes when she wants!”

That was a wonderful adventure, but I am not done yet. I  stopped by the city library to set-up a signing there in the future. It was closed!! They close the library on Mondays due to cut-backs.

I had one more stop. It was another independent Christian Bookstore near my home. I met with the owner, and he wouldn’t budge on what he wanted for a discount, and I left a broken man.  

I then got home and opened up my email. There was an email from the manager of my local Borders bookstore in Same, Oregon. We have a signing scheduled there on November 6th from 2-4 p.m.

(If any of you life in the Salem, Oregon area, the address of the Borders Bookstore is 2235 Lancaster Dr NE. Go to Mapquest to locate it.)

He said my publisher wouldn’t send him the books he ordered for the signing until he paid upfront. He let me now that he didn’t  have the funds in his local budget to pay for 100 books. He only has enough for 35 books.

I emailed him back and said I could provide the 100 books from my own personal inventory of books I had. I hope that works out well.

All in all, a day to be depressed, and wonder where God was. Well, I found out later where God was. I went to my weekly BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) meeting.

Please understand that what was covered in this one meeting wasn’t planned just for me, but when you read some of the quotes form the meeting you will see God was definitely speaking to me.

The topic? Adversity, Trials, and misfortune.

Quotes form the lecture:

“Fear results when you believe your adversity. Faith results when you believe God’s Word.”

“Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:28 ” God causes all those things of adversity in our lives to work to good those who believe.”

” You may give up on God, but He doesn’t give up on you.”

“Be still and now that I am God.”

“God’s presence with me is my solution to fear.”

The final statement by the speaker was this:

“God will be your sanctuary as you will be a SIGN to the world when you fear Him.”

I heard the word “sign,” loud and clear. That word is in the title of my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

God was telling me to get up, and dust myself off. Get back out there and try again. I am doing that today, so pray that I will be more successful because I have God on my side.

BTW… you can order the book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” off of my author site at www.dougbolton.com.  If you do you will get an autograph and personal note  with the book. When you get to the site, just click on “Bookstore.”

Never give up! Never ever give up!!