It Is a Disheartening Time in Afghanistan. Many People Killed and Many still Stranded

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Military news…

It is still very disheartening in Afghanistan. Americans stranded. Afghan people being killed by the thousands. No signs of many getting out safe.

Afghans were clinging to the sides of U.S. military aircraft to escape the Taliban’s sweep of Kabul. Worst of all, some of them lost their lives falling from the aircraft as they left the runway. It’s only the latest in a terrible situation happening at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

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“Like many, I struggle to make sense of it all,” wrote Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. James Slife in a heartfelt Facebook post he penned about the fall of Afghanistan this weekend. Like many other veterans and service members, Slife spent a lot of time in Afghanistan, so it’s difficult to watch it all unravel before his eyes.

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M4 rifles, M24 sniper rifles, M2 .50 caliber machine guns and MRAPS make up only some of the vast quantity of U.S. military equipment captured by the Taliban in recent weeks.

“Now is the time where you bend the rules to save people’s lives.” That’s from Marine veteran Ryan Schalles, who’s prepared to bend a few rules of his own to get Omar, the man who served as an interpreter for his Marine Corps platoon during his 2012 tour in Afghanistan, safely out of the country.

You too can help Afghan interpreters and refugee. There are nonprofit groups trying to help Afghan refugees navigate the special immigrant visa process and find housing for new arrivals; and there are lawmakers with resources to get them moving sooner.
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American citizens and Afghans who worked with Americans are on their own if they want to get past the Taliban’s many checkpoints outside of Kabul’s airport. That’s because the U.S. military, the most powerful armed force in the world, isn’t prepared to send any of the 4,500 troops at the airport into the city to do it.

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It has been a tough week for me. I am so saddened by what is happening in Afghanistan. I feel helpless, and I am sure the people stuck there do to.

I see visions of Vietnam in my head constantly, only this is much worse. Our president struck out on his leadership. Not much of support from him.

We need a leader who won’t take what is happening there lightly, and go there NOW to help more.

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A reminder that I have slowed down my sharing of excerpts from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

A whole section of the book will be interviews with veterans who have been in the trenches. Some share about losing friends. Many had near death experiences. One WWII veteran had not one, but three near death experiences. Amazing story.

The book will come out soon.

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How is your life going? Do you remember lost friends from the military?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 12,820 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If it’s just too much for you, GET HELP!

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

Do not live the death of your friends alone.

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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A World War II Veteran Speaks From His Heart About an Upcoming Book

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I did some research, (It gave me a headache) that showed what the pollsters thought were the best war movies as far as being authentic. Here is THEIR list:

  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. The Best years of Our Lives
  3. In the Army now
  4. Platoon
  5. Black Hawk Down
  6. Apocalypse Now
  7. Full Metal Jacket

They chose them for how they got it right, whereas some military films are laughable how screwed up they were.

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Here is one more endorsement for the book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

It is from a WWII veteran. George Woodruff. I met him on RallyPoint. Great guy. He was 94 and very ill when I connected so I am not sure if he is still with us.

George was on Hospice care when I first met him. He was at a special military assisted living facility in Alabama.

Here is his endorsement:

I know Doug. He is a good man. He knows the hearts of his fellow veterans. His book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and out of the trenches of Life is well written, and is vital for veterans.

He writes from the heart, and speaks of healing and soothing the souls of his brothers and sisters.

I highly recommend his book in that it especially reaches out to those who are suffering with PTSD, war wounds, depression, and many other problems.

George Woodruff

WWII veteran

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President Biden is sticking to his decision to not pull out troops from Afghanistan. This is causing many angry family members of those troops. They thought their loved ones would be home by May, and now there is no definite timeline.

There is also a rumor that Biden will slash the military budget way down to help pay for his Trillion dollar fantasys. He is certainly showing that he doesn’t love the military like President Trump did.

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How are you doing on the rollercoaster of life? I know there are many ups and downs. The ride is crazy.

Fear Not!

There are over 11.700 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If that rollercoaster is just too fast for you, GET HELP!

Here is a tool free niumber for you 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, ever, take on this rollercoaster 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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Americans Need to Fight Back and Defeat a very Dangerous Congress Bill

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I am close to blowing up from not releasing steam.

I have some serious doubts about our leadership in Congress, and even the White House.

Nancy Pelosi rammed a bill through the house that will destroy our country in many ways.

Most that it will shove us into Socialism. The bill H.R. 1, is meant to abolish the Filibuster. We have had the Filibuster for years, and even the Democrats have used it to ram things through the Senate. Now they want to get rid of it because they have such a close vote in the Senate a tie would many that V.P. Harris would make the deciding vote.

They would then ram many anti American bills through the same way.

I usually do not get on my soapbox and scream, but I am now.

Please contact your senators from your state and ask them to vote no on this horrible bill. It is anti American.

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That was a heavy rant. Sorry!

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I have another endorsement for you. My last post I had Steve Durgin, the CEO of one of the greatest non profit charities for veterans, called, Victory for Veterans.

I also had Colonel Dona Marie Iversen a retired nurse who was a fight nurse in charge of surgeries while flying wounded to the hospitals.

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Now I am going to share an endorsement from a daughter who lost her military father to suicide.

Learn from the best, Douglas Bolton, U.S. Army Veteran who has written a great book for all veterans, active duty service members of all branches, military families, friends and non-veterans. It provides a thorough understanding, knowledge, and the real stories among those who have served and their families that compliment today’s American Veterans.  Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life can make a big difference in today’s understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its affects.  As the daughter of Vietnam Marine Veteran that suffered all of his life with PTSD and then finally ended his own life, it will make a big difference in your life as you read the personal stories.  This author does a great job of creating a sense of urgency by calling it a “must-read,” and ends with a powerful “call to action” for the reader. 

Bella L. Burroughs

Daughter of WWII Veteran

Castle Rock, CO

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Are you holding up OK? Is the world spinning too fast for you?

Has PTSD ravaged your life?

Fear not!

There are over 11,700 fellow veterans here who have your back.

Trust me my friend, if it is still too hard to face life, GET HELP!!

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

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

DO NOT take on this not so friendly world alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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