Welcome Home Veterans! It is wonderful for American’s to see the reunions of veterans coming home from Iraq right now. It was emotional for me to watch this morning. I see this as the best Christmas gift ever for all veterans who have served their country with pride and honor.
After the holidays and adjusting to being home for awhile, all veterans returning home should take advantage of the excellent resources available. Do not hesitate! I was a young man when the Vietnam war ended and recall how awful our veterans were treated when they returned home. Even those of us who were lucky enough to serve in support roles on shore duty during this era, were not treated with the kind of respect and gratitude that is apparent today. I am so proud to still be around to see how our veterans are being honored and supported as they come home.
There will be a time soon to get serious about taking care of business, including yourself and your family. Check out the new site, http://coalitionforveterans.org/2011/09/the-welcome-home-project-presents/ to see how all the resources can help support your goals and needs. I’ve also kept track of many other websites on this blog that offer information and resources. My book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, is receiving fantastic reviews. And is considered an excellent non-fiction true story of my family’s 70 year struggle with PTSD by helping many veterans and families engage in the realities of moving forward following the horrific experience of extended combat. Another excellent read is War and the Soul, by Edward Tick, Phd. You can order my book from this website by clicking on my book cover above. Get the book as a gift for a veteran close to you. All those who care for and support veterans should read it too!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all veterans, families, and loved ones. We remember also that your families served too! This is a fabulous celebration of the best America has to offer, and the freedoms we enjoy as a result of veterans who served in all wars.
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story