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 Remember Family and Veterans

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We are averaging over 100 new subscribers a day. We just past 104,300 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We are in a new promotion. The person who is our 105,000 will wins some nice prizes. We are only 700 away from our next goal . 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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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor recently. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  Some are actually humorous. 

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This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. It is a time to remember those who have gone before us and protected our country, or to remember loved ones who have passed.

There are far too many stories to share on our fallen heroes. I will share about them but first, I will share about losing our family loved ones who have passed first.

My brother and I went out to the cemetery where our mother is buried. We go out every Memorial Day to stand silently by her grave, and bring back thoughts of good times.

Our mother was a hero to us. She was a single mom, back in the forties. That wasn’t very common back then. Other relatives shunned her. She did everything she could to provide for my brother and I. When she was off she would do a second job like being a waitress. On the weekends she went to the farms to hand weed the crops.  She never had a day off in her life up until she retired.

She made sure we didn’t feel poor. I still to this day can’t figure out how she bought us a house to live in, provide food to eat, and still keep us happy. Her treat each Saturday was to give us a dime so we could walk to the Hollywood movie theater and see those serial shorts and a movie. (I was in awe when the hero in the serials looked like he was dead in the clip we saw one week, only to have him make it somehow the next.)

My mother was Wonder Woman. She never brought attention herself. She always put us first in her life. I miss her dearly, but I know God has a special place for her in His mansion.

The war combat heroes are many. My book I am writing called, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and out of the Trenches of Life,” is full of heroes. I have written about many who talked to me on the phone and shared their story.

I have shared my experiences while deployed to Korea. I speak out against soldiers giving in to PTSD. I cry for those who are maimed and in wheelchairs. I share thoughts on how to survive in this not so friendly world.

One of the heroes I talked to I met accidently. I decided to stop a t Carl’s (Hardy’s) fast food. I got my meal and was walking towards my seat. I walked by a man that was obviously a Vietnam veteran and a Marine since he wore a hat that said so. I thanked him for his service, and eat my meal.

I watched him. He was in pain. He had a cane. He was bent over. He was younger than I was. He got up to throw his trash away, and I saw legs that couldn’t hold him up too well. He had a heavy limp. As he walked by me, I asked him if he would like to sit and talk with me for a few minutes. He had that look like no way man, but when I told him I was a veteran as well, he sat down.

I started asking him questions knowing I had to walk a thin line so I didn’t intrude into area he didn’t want to talk about.

Her is how the conversation went.

Me: Where and when did you serve?

Marine: I was on a helicopter ship off the coast of Vietnam.

Me: What did the helicopters do?

Marine: They sent supplies to troops; Carried troops from one battle station to another; sent food to the villages for the food who were starving.

Me: What was the worst moment you had while stationed there?

Marine: My very best friend was a helicopter flyer, and one mission his helicopter had a problem;  went off the end of the ship down into the water. He and another Marine were trapped in the helicopter and it went to the bottom of the ocean. The water was to deep to try to recover their bodies.

Me: So Sorry my friend. Were there any other bad moments for you?

Marine: When  we came home on the planes the people lined the terminal and called us names, and had signs that called us murders and other things.

I have more from this hero, but you will have to buy the book to read the rest of his story, (This is called a hook!) and many other from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

I want to thank all over our veterans and current military, for their dedication and service to their country. God bless each and everyone of you.

For those who have lost a loved one, like family, I feel your pain. I have been there. God is our strength, and our fortress. He will see us through the storms we face.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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We Need to Show Our Veterans Some Love

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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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Do you want to see the results of a dream you have? Are there hopes of victory, even though the road is rough, and slow?
I am at that spot with my writing. I am near the end of writing my second book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life.” I am in the interview stage that will be at the end of the book.
These interviews are with past veterans who have been put in harms way for you and I so we can keep our freedom. These are veterans who have been wounded, faced fear, depression, anxiety, etc.
They are telling stories that I know all of you want to read, and they will cause tears in your eyes. They will make you want to reach out to them. They will open up your mind as to how these brave men and women really felt while they laid in the trenches; while they were being shot at, and when they lost buddies.
I have six interviews done so far. Two are with WWII veterans that are gut wrenching stories. I have three others from the Vietnam era, and some from the Korean “conflict.” (I am one of those Korean veterans. My whole book will tell you about my time there.)
It is time to stop the sadness of losing 22 veterans to suicide each day. That is almost one every hour. Before I finish this post another veteran will end his/her life.
If you are a veteran or someone close to a veteran, understand this:
  • You are a unique person.
  • You are made in God’s image.
  • He loves you like you were His own child, which you are.
  • He will never forsake you.
  • He will never let you be alone.
  • He will never let you be unloved.

Stand strong and let God carry you through this not so friendly world. Let Him show you the paths that will lead to happiness and comfort. Let Him take on the storms that you face.

Remember:

You are loved.

You are unique.

You are important.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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More Interviews With Veterans

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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. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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I forgot to post yesterday. No excuses, just old age I guess. 🙂
My last post I mentioned that I was working on the last section of my book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”
That section is full of interviews I have been doing with veterans, and current military.
I shared some excerpts from a couple of them. Today I will do the same. These are only partial excerpts from full interviews I have done. Some of these are graphic. Some are sad stories of loneliness, and fear. Some share why they even enlisted on the first place:
  • I talked to one veteran I happened to meet at a Carl’s Hamburger place. I saw him sitting by himself, and staring out the window. I know he was a veteran because he had on his Vietnam hat. When he got up, he needed a cane, and hobbled over to the trash to throw away his garbage. I asked him to sit with me for a while. He hesitated until I told him I was a veteran as well. We started this conversation:
  • Me- “Where did you serve? Vet- “In Vietnam.” Me- “What unit were you in?” Vet- “I was on a naval ship that sent helicopters into Vietnam to pick up soldiers; bring in supplies, and bring help to the starving people. Me- ” What was your worst moment while you were stationed there?” Vet- “I saw my best friend lift off of the ship in his helicopter with several other military in it, and it suddenly crashed into the ocean. No one survived because the water was too deep.”  He has tears in his eyes, and said he needed to go. I wasn’t able to ask him any other questions. I did shake his hand and thanked him for his heroism and serving his country.
  • I had a wonderful interview with a WWII veteran who has since past. It wasn’t a long interview, but I felt honored in more than one way (which I will explain in a minute. Here is our conversation:
  • Me- “What branch of the Army were you in? Vet- “Tank Corp.” Me- “What happened to you that you try to forget?” Vet- “I was the driver of my tank and we were sitting observing the area ahead of us, when a Japanese soldier climbed up on our tank and tossed a grenade into our tank. It killed my best friend next to me instantly, and all of the rest of us were injured.” Me- “I don’t know what to ask next.” Vet- “I will just tell you that I haven’t spoken about that day in years, and I wish not to go on with this interview, because the pain is too much.”
  • He didn’t break down or anything. He just wanted to move on. I told you above I was honored in more than one way. This man I interviewed was my uncle. I had loved him since I was born, but I never knew about his military days until this interview. I just shared the most hurting part of this interview and you can read the rest when you buy the book. (This is called a hook.)

I will share more excerpts in future postings.

How about you? Have you suddenly lost a loved one? Do you still hurt from that time like so many of the veterans I have interviewed are doing?

I have been there. I just lost two people in the last two weeks. One was my brother-in-law, and the other a very close friend. Both were unexpected.

It is not easy to face these kind of storms. It is not easy to understand why.

We need to lean on God during these times. We need to ask for His comfort, and compassion through prayer. We need to use Him as our pillar of strength.

I pray often for those who have to go through these kind of trials. I pray you will be able to go on and be a productive person who helps others in their own grief. I have found helping others during my own grief, seem to calm the storms for me, and I feel like I helped others.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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