Tenacles Can be Longer Than your Hope, and Suck the Life Out of You

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Military news…

“God needed an angel for his war, and he took the best goddamn one.” That’s from Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Duncan McClain, who gave a stirring speech in remembrance of Sgt. Nicole Gee, one of the 13 American service members killed in the Aug. 26 attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

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“More than the physical, I carried incredible terror with every single step I took. Is the land going to blow me up?” That’s from Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien, who wrote “The Things They Carried,” one of the most acclaimed war novels in American history.

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You’ve probably never heard of the Air Force’s 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, but they were the unsung heroes behind the massive airlift of Afghan refugees out of Kabul that took place last month.

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Short military news report today, because I want to share with you the last part of my table of contents, from Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life:

Domestic Violence in The Military

In the Military is is far too common that domstic violence raises it ugly head.

Time Doesn’t Always heal Wounds

A bad situation is a when a friend won’t forgive you for something you didn’t know happened.

Worry is Not the Answer

Worry is not an iIlness, but it can cause illness.

Tenacles Can be Longer Than Your Hope

Life is very frustrating. It can suck the air out of you.

Had a Rough Ride?

Negative thinking goes no where but a dead end.

There is Never a Time when You Don’t Have a Choice.

“I had to do it becasue I had no Choice.” This is not true.

Military Spouses Have a Huge Task

One of the toughest tasks in the military is to be the spouse left behind during deployment.

Tragedies Come Knocking at Our Door

We never thought good could come from a tragedy.

If Only I Would Have …

We run from scary things, but we need to face them head on.

What Are You Saving Your Talents For?

You have beautiful talents you need to be using.

Move Out of your House Called Depression

The depression rate in the MIlitary is very high.

Happiness is a Choice

People are as happy as they choose to be.

We Must Always Remember the Spouses in the Military

Spouses are the backbone in the family during deployment

The Raging Battle Against PTSD

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls, one can help the other up. (Eccl. 4:9)

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

Let the people feel the weight of who you are, and let Them deal with it.

Let’s Start a Ripple Effect

Have you ever thrown a pebble into to the lake and seen the circles form and spread out? That is the ripple effect.


That’s my story and I’m stcking to it. You have now seen all of the chapter titles from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

I am hoping that some peaked your interest enough that you will want to get the book. It will be the best thing you have ever done.

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I just may ignore my publishers suffestion to stop sharing excerpts from the book. Keep coming back to see them. Better yet…

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Bed check…

How is your life going brother/sister? The days are long, and the nights even longer. Do you dread trying to sleep?

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 13,050 fellow veterans here who have your back.

However, if it is just too overwhelming right now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free nember to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until the 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 alll…never, ever, give up!

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A Warrant Officer Was Marching us Into a bay, and Couldn’t Stop us.

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President Biden just received his approval rating and it is 52% That sounds pretty good, except that means 48% do not approve of him. Half the country.

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Military news

“The military justice system simply is in the wrong hands” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), specifically about military commanders’ ability to block the progress of sexual misconduct cases. But that could come to an end,. There is a Pentagon panel’s recommendation to remove prosecution authority for sexual misconduct cases from the chain of command. Instead, an independent civilian-led office would prosecute those cases.

The recommendation could be a huge step forward for holding military sex offenders accountable, advocacy groups say, but there is a long way to go before any lasting change might be made.

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“It bothers me a little bit that it’s just going to end like this,” one Marine veteran said about the possible withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan this Sept. 11. It’s one of many mixed emotions veterans shared with Jeff about the end of a 20-year long war that killed several of their friends, shaped their own lives, and which never seemed to produce any tangible results. In the end it seems like everyone’s left to their own interpretation of what it all meant.

“I want to believe that everything that we did over there made a difference,” said the Marine vet added. “That’s what I’d like to believe.”

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Dear media, ‘military-trained marksman’ doesn’t mean much

I am talking about the ‘expert marksman’ award, which is not nearly as impressive as it sounds. Unfortunately, it happened again when Nicholas Reardon, a police officer and a staff sergeant in the Ohio Air National Guard, fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio last week. That’s bad because it implies Reardon was more likely to do this because of his military background, and not because of other issues which could be at work here, such as police violence or systemic racism.

+ I was an expert marksman. I am very proud of that, but I certainly understand how people might think like they do.

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I have an excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

While in Basic Training we were marched back and forth from the firing range. One day our drill sergeant couldn’t be there and asked a Warrant Officer to do it.

We saw that he was going to take us back, and we made a sudden decision. We would only take correct orders when he was marching us.

We were all standing around at the firing range when he said, “Let’s get together men.” No one moved. He said it again. No movement. He finally asked one of the sergeants there tell him what to say. He finally said. “Get into formation men.”

We did, and the he tried to start marching us. We were all in formation and facing him.

He look flustered. He couldn’t figure out how to get us into marching form. He again asked one of the sergeants what to say. He then said, “Right face,” We did it.

He again was frustrated because he didn’t know how to get us started. He went back to the sergeant, who by this time was not happy.

The officer then said “Forward march,” We started marching, and the officer was happy. He didn’t do any form a cadence, but we march for him anyway. We were moving along pretty good when we saw we were heading for a boat ramp on the bay. The officer saw that and yelled, “Stop!” We kept going. He yelled it again, “Stop!”

The front of the formation was in the water.

I was in the water soon. The officer screamed for help and there was a sergeant near that ran over to stop us, but that time, the front was swimming around and we were all laughing.

The officer finally got us to our barracks, and we were dismissed by a sergeant there.

All hell broke loose, because the commander didn’t like what we did. At least we thought he didn’t like what we did.

He got us in formation, and chewed us out, but then as he was walking away, He had a big grin on his face.

*This and many other military stories will be in the book. Keep checking in to see the progress.

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How are your doing? Have the nights turned into nightmares. Has the pain of your wounds not gone away?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 11, 900 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If it is just too overwhelming for you, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7.

There are highly trained counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Never take on this, not so friendly world, alone.

1-800-27308255 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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President Biden is in a Rush to Wipe Out All That Trump Has accomplished

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Things seem to have gone very smoothly in all of the state capitals on Wednesday. However, there were massive rioting in Seattle, and my my home state city of Portland, Oregon. It was violent.

I am not sure what the strategy is for the rioters, but I am guessing that they will strike in other places after the National Guard leaves.

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President Biden wasted no time in trying to erase all the good that Trump had for our country. On his first day he signed 25 or more executive orders to do changes.

He is working fast to form his type of government, and we will have to see how the people accept it.

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Again, I am reminding you of the changes that will be coming starting February 1st. I am hoping you will like it. It will be more personal and directed more to veterans, and current military.

There is far too may suicides in the service. Over 22 of our brothers and sisters take their own lives EVERY DAY!

The new format will concentrate on reaching out to those suffering with PTSD, TBI, depression, wounds, etc. They need our support and share with them that we have their back.

I will still have the latest military news, and current news in our country, but the rest will be for our veterans and current service members.

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How are you doing these days? Has the inauguration cleared your mind? Does is seem better, or do you still struggle?

Not to worry my friend. There are over 11,060 fellow veterans here who have your back.

However, if the load is too heavy for you GET HELP!

Here is toll free number to call that has highly qualified counselors to help you. This is a 24/7 service and it is free.

Never take on this, not so friendly, world alone.

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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