What Image do You Feel You have?

I am so honored to be with you each day sharing hope. The outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. There are over 50 new subscribers a day. The site just past 104,985 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

I have a new promotion. The person who is the 105,000 will win some nice prizes. We are only 15 away from the next goal . Some one, this week will be the winner. It goes very fast so don’t miss out.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more updates about the new book.

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I mentioned in my last post that I would be sharing some endorsements for my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I am not doing this to flaunt my own self image. I am doing it to show you what might be in the book.

I am so honored to have these following endorsement for a book that will be reaching out to our veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression, being homeless, wounded, etc. I hope it gives them a better self image.

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Many of my fellow veterans are suffering from wounds, mental anguish, and loneliness. This book is an ideal book to reach out and help veterans. It shares thoughts and ideas on how to cope in this not so friendly world. I personally know Doug Bolton the author, and I highly recommend this book.

George Woodruff
WWII and Korea veteran

Carollton, Georgia


Although ‘Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life’ wasn’t written for men only, it brings honesty and openness to veterans, and military personnel about feeling ok to express fears and emotional challenges in a difficult world.  US Army Retired Veteran, Mr. Douglas Bolton brings his personal stories to life in a way we all can relate to and gives a big “you’re ok” for revealing our shortcomings and encourages us to open up and talk.  A must read for those seeking healing and forgiveness from ourselves and those wanting a fresh look on life.

Steve Durgin, Founder & CEO with Victory For Veterans Foundation.

Huntington, Beach California

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In the current conditions of our military, there is a need to find realistic affordable sources to reach out and help our veterans and current military. Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life, is that source. Doug Bolton spends many chapters on showing the veterans and military ways to cope in this not so friendly world.  Sadly, he feels and knows of the pain from his volunteer service and sacrifices for our great country first hand. Being a seasoned registered nurse and a battlefield Air Force flight nurse, I have seen many young men and women coming home sick, injured wounded and highly depressed. This book is a must for many. I highly recommend this book without hesitation to all those who have served and currently serving.  I am also advocating for the loved ones and families to read this read, as well.

Colonel Dona Iversen

NYC, New York

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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 complement 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 effects.  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

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There are several more, which I will share in further posts. Again, I am so honored to have all these incredible people take time to say something about the book. It gives out a good image of what the reader might see.

If you are floundering and seeking hope. If you don’t feel your self worth is enough. If you feel you would rather stay in bed than face life. Has your image as you see it not been good? Know that God is with you. Know that He loves you. Know that He will hold your hand and see you through the day.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Time to Help Our Veterans

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 93,800 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers raises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Something exciting happening soon.

 

This whole post is being dedicated to our men and women who have served, or are serving their country through the military.

I am a veteran myself. I know some of the pain they go through. Why am I dedicating this post to them?

22 veterans end their own lives every day! Yes, I said every day. Why? Because they are losing the battle to PTSD, depression, anxiety fear, and the many other usual suspects. Some are just tired of the pain from injuries they have had from combat.

I was deployed to Korea. I know what loneliness is. I know what depression can do to a person.

I fought depression long after I got out of the service. It got so bad that on March 21st, 2001, I was considering if I wanted to check out of this hotel called earth.

I was at the end of my rope. I had nowhere to go.

It was at the lowest point of my life that God stepped in and saved my life. He stopped me from taking my last breath, and put me to work writing and blogging.

I want to tell you a new direction I am going, and want you to be a part of it.

For months and  months I have been searching for ways to reach out to veterans to help them in some way. I have found two ways to do that:

  • I am writing a book called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. It is nearly finished. It reaches out to those who are suffering from all the demons I mentioned above. I share my own experiences in the Military, especially in Korea, and give suggestions on how the veterans can survive in this not so friendly world. There has been lots of enthusiasm for the book. The word is spreading, and people are waiting patiently for the book.
  • I also wanted to help in other ways. I found what I was looking for through Victory for Veterans. It is a foundation that is just forming. I have been asked to be on the board for it, and I am very honored to do that. Victory for Veterans will be sending out monies to many other charities that are helping veterans. We plan to give out up to one million dollars to each charity, when we have reached our goal.

I am very excited for what this new nonprofit will be able to do. It will help those military who can’t find help anywhere else. It will help them get the much needed aide they so deserve. The slogan for our cause is: They fought for our freedom, now let’s fight for theirs. 

Some gave their all. Others will have lifelong pain from the wounds they have had to live with for us.

I am going to ask you to do one simple thing right now. I am not going to ask for money. I am not going to try to convince you of anything, but I am requesting that all 94,000 of my subscribers, right now, go to Twitter and follow @victoryvets. It is our page to get people introduced to our dream. No push for money. No trying to make you feel bad, and rush to the aide of our veterans. (Right now.) Just follow the page and stand by. We will be letting out more information out as we grow, and start to reach our veterans in any way we can.

If you are a veteran. Hope is on the way. Thank you for serving your country. Thank you for the sacrifice you have made to protect us and….

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Reach Out to Those Who May be Hurting

We have a winner! We past 86,000. The winner was notified, and we have started a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 90,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 86,840.

If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Now is the time to think about tomorrow. We always seem to think I have time to do this or do that. Well, time is something that seems to go faster as we get older.

I know, It is hard to think about those days when you no longer will be working and are retired. It is hard to think about the aches and pains that may come as we get older.

I did that for far too long, and now I am there. I am battling the aches and pains. I am past retirement age, and wondering were the years went.

My children as suddenly all grown up, and I have seven grandchildren.

It seems like just yesterday that my daughter was born on Father’s Day. Now is she is getting near retirement herself from education.

What I am trying to tell you is that we can’t wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come.

I had a pleasant surprise yesterday when a family member stopped by the house just to check in on me. He came out of his way to let me know he cared.

While he was here he mentioned how we need to cherish each day we have. He also said that we may not see tomorrow. We may not have too many heart beats left. What he said wasn’t all the cheery, but it hit home anyway.

I can hear cars driving by my house right now. Many cars drive by. I wonder what world each of those drivers live in. Do they live in the, looking to the future world, or do they think they have plenty of time to think about that, and drive aimlessly.

Take each day as a gift. Take each day, and be thankful for all of those around you. Be thankful that you can reach out to someone today and make their life better. It only takes a moment to put a smile on someone’s face.

God lets us know that we are never alone. He lets us know we have someone to turn to. he lets us know that He is there to help us through the storms of life.

You have had your own moments of feeling alone like you was on an island. Take time today to brighten up someone’s life you know, who may be feeling the same way. Let them know about God’s love.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…

Never, ever, give up!

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What Happened to the Support I Need?

We have a winner! We past 83,000 during the night last  night. The winner will be notified, and we will start a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 86,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We are now at 83,425.

If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.
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*Side note before I start my post. We increased our subscribers by over 200 in just the last three days. That is the results of the post on supporting our military. That is telling me that you agree with me that the military does need more love. It tells me you may want to hear more about the book “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” I will share more excerpts from the book in each of the next few post. Be looking for them.
Do You ever forget the name of someone? I have. There have been times when I am supposed to introduce someone and I draw a blank. I try to wiggle my way out of the mess, but fail big time.
I worry about forgetting things. I worry that I may be losing my mind.
Of course the is not true. As we age we have a natural inclination to not remember certain things like, “Where are my keys?”
This is not a sign of Alzheimer’s, or even dementia. Don’t feel all is lost if you forget something.
There are some things we forget, and there are some things we should never forget.
  • God loves you!
  • You are a unique person of much worth.
  • You are a benefit to many people that you may not even know you are.
  • God will help you through the storms by helping to calm them.

Use these thoughts to make sure you stand strong and live each day serving God in a way that pleases Him.

Now I will share a little piece of the book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”

What I have now is the actual Preface that explains why the book was written. It may be a little long, but I encourage you to read it all to get a feel of what the upcoming book is all about:

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Preface

What Happened to all the Support I Needed?

 

Our Flag does not fly because the wind moves it; it flies with the last breath of every soldier who died protecting it.

Lt. Lynn “Buck” Comptom

Band of Brothers

 

The quote by Lt. Lynn “Buck” Compton, a member of the Band of Brothers, is not a new quote, but it shares the feelings of many veterans and current military.

I personally met Lt. Compton, and I talk about our time together in the acknowledgements.

One of the things that are covered in this book is the loneliness, and many other problems a soldier faces. I know the feeling of loneliness in the military.

The loneliness crept up on me, and I felt lost and abandoned. It didn’t seem right to feel so lonely when you were surrounded by so many soldiers, but I was lonely, and I battled depression daily.

One of the many things that weigh on a soldiers mind, besides loneliness, is the unknown, fear, anxiety and depression.

I didn’t think much of this when I enlisted. I thought I was going to see the world, and the government was going to pay my way. I thought I would see many wonderful things.

Of course, I knew I was serving my country. I knew I had had a tremendous weight on my shoulders taking on the daily duties of a soldier, but the excitement of doing something new and different drove me to enlist. .

I enlisted in 1959 and I was in basic training at Fort Ord, California.

Then the loneliness and fear started creeping into me as each day went by. I longed to be back to my home. I wanted to hear from my loved ones, who didn’t seem to understand the loneliness a soldier has.

As a past soldier, I know what many of you are going through. As you can see I have been there and done that. When I was in the military I often wished I was somewhere else, like I am sure many of you have. I wondered if anyone outside of the military cared, like I am sure you have.

I wrote home many times and yet the letters didn’t come. We didn’t have cell phones or the internet back then. I felt like I was on an island by myself, and couldn’t connect with anyone who cared.

That is why this book came about. I made it through the dark times of loneliness. I also feel that it is better to share your fears than to keep them bottled up inside you. I will concentrate on what I feel the true inner feelings may be as you serve in the military, and out in civilian life afterwards.

This book will reach out to those who are suffering with anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejection, hopelessness, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects.

It will reach out to those currently serving in the military, as well as the millions of veterans who have served their country and are trying to cope in civilian life. It will even reach out to the families of the soldiers who traveled through the journey with their loved ones.

I will talk about my own experiences, and relate them to everyday trials and storms we all face in this world. Each chapter will have a specific theme to help you see that we can cope in this hotel called Earth, and especially during our time in the military.

There will be some though subjects to talk about like PTSD, separation of loved ones when deployment comes, suicide, domestic violence, death of a loved one, and many other subjects that are somewhat painful to talk about.

At the end of each chapter I will be sharing thoughts on how to cope. I will also talk about survival and co-existence in a not so friendly world. There is an acronym there called I.W.I.L.L. I am leaving the periods off to have it look smoother. IWILL stands for, Important Words in Life’s Learning. So refer back to this if you forget its meaning.

So strap those boots on tight and come into the trenches with me for many days of reading that will help you not only survive in our world, but will give you practical ways to better yourself and help you thrive.

I hope this gives you a glimpse of what the book will be about, and how I feel it will help many veterans and current military.

To all my fellow veterans and current military: Thank you so much for your sacrifice, and your dedication to serving your country. If you have friends who are military, let them know about this post. We need to reach out to as many as we can to let them know we care.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

 

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