How Your Purchases Can Benefit Our Veterans

My Uncle John in Belem Brazil in the 1940's WWII
My Uncle John in Belem Brazil in the 1940's WWII | Source

The latter part of each year is filled with hustle and bustle, planning, entertaining and… stress. While many of us look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas as time to spend with family, there are far too many people who dread this time of year. Those who are alone or feel alone become more depressed during the holidays. Oftentimes it’s our veterans who are the hardest hit.

Is it any wonder? For those of us who have never seen a war zone, can you even begin to imagine the flash backs, nightmares and guilt? I know I can’t but that doesn’t mean I don’t have compassion. If a family member or friend were faced with a catastrophic event that resulted in depression, thoughts of suicide, homelessness or hunger would you reach out a helping hand?

Of course you would.

Read the statistics

Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.

The following veterans statistics are from a major study done by the RAND Corporation (full pdf of study), a study by the Congressional Research Service, the Veterans Administration, and the US Surgeon General.

Now it's our turn

We’re living in America, the Land of the Free. Who made that possible? Our military, both retired and in active duty. When our vets come home, they find a world unlike the one they lived overseas. You may think coming home would be a relief, but too often the reverse is true. Too many of our heroes come home missing limbs… and parts of their souls. They are mentally devastated by what they saw and experienced, all in the name of preserving freedom. They can’t share many of the details with anyone because – well, it’s not permitted or it’s too painful to talk about. Haunting memories often result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

And yet, our heroes are taken for granted and too often cast aside once they come home. Many find it difficult to reconnect with their families, turn to drugs and alcohol and oftentimes find themselves homeless for one reason or another.

You wouldn’t be reading this if not for the bravery of our military. Think about that for a moment.

We can help. How? The obvious answer is by donating or volunteering, but there’s another option you many not have considered. Our purchases, not only during gift-giving seasons but throughout the year, can benefit our veterans and help give them the love, shelter and care they need to overcome the devastation they suffer.

They sacrificed for us, now it’s our turn to give back.

Legacy Archives Foundation

Who we are and what we do ...

In Autumn 2013 a handful of wordsmiths, story contributors and editors joined together as volunteers, forming a group dedicated to the preservation and archiving of non-fiction stories. These stories, entrusted to us to not only preserve but to share with the world, are included in small collections, book by book.
Many of these stories are integral aspects of a family's heritage and it is our mission to ensure bits and pieces of them are not lost in the telling from one generation to the next.
70% of profits from each book is assigned to help and promote a specific not-for-profit program. The remaining 30% covers production expenses.

Mysterious & Miraculous Book I

Click this link to be taken to Amazon Kindle store where you can purchase the e-book.


Legacy Archives Foundation

The first publication produced by Legacy of Archives Foundation, Mysterious & Miraculous Book 1, came to life in September 2013. Gathered and compiled by Angelia Phillips and Alastar Packer, this book is dedicated to preserving true life stories as written legacies. The first in the series has many contributors you may know: Maria Jordan aka marcoujor wrote the Forward and volunteered her editing services, along with having submitted a chilling account of her near death experience. Vicki Warner is also a contributor and editor. Mysterious & Miraculous was produced gratis by Mike Friedman of Mockingbird Books.

You will recognize several other authors when you purchase this chilling, spine-tingling book relating true accounts of the extraordinary and unknown.

The beauty of this publication is 70 percent of the proceeds go to K-9s For Wounded Warriors. This awesome cause not only serves our wounded veterans, but rescues unwanted canines to serve a two-fold cause: love for those who need it the most. The purchase of this awe inspiring book serves to help fund an amazing organization. Buy it for yourself; give it as gifts and feel proud that you are not only part of keeping legacies alive, but you are saving the souls of wounded vets and the lives of abandoned or mistreated dogs, that may have otherwise been subjected to euthanasia.

Miraculous & Mysterious Book 1 has been such a huge success that Book II is in the making and is set for publication in early December 2013, just in time for Christmas. I’m proud to say I am a contributor to Book II and will continue contributing as long as I have a story to tell. The response to Miraculous & Mysterious has been so resounding that several sequels are planned. The premise will be the same: the stories are true, set in print so as to keep them alive and 70 percent of all proceeds will fund various causes aimed towards supporting our veterans and the troubles they face.

These coupons benefit 2 causes
These coupons benefit 2 causes | Source

A portion of the purchase price supports Wounded Warrior Project

Another way to say thank you to our vets

One of my favorite quiet time activities is to spend Sunday morning sitting on my back patio with the paper and a cup of coffee. After reading articles that pique my interest, I meander through the sale flyers, dreaming at best. That is until I get to the inserts. I’ll admit it – I’m a coupon clipper. Recently, while going through the coupon booklets, I came across a page offering online coupons for everyday grocery products. What really struck my eye is the program benefits Wounded Warrior Project® Believe In Heroes. I’m a huge supporter of our military and their families. In fact, I’m a Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club member.

Anyway, back to the coupons. The flyer showed many products I use and, in fact, was on my grocery list. Naturally, I went into the website and grabbed my coupons. The coupon campaign began in September and runs though Veterans Day, November 11th. A portion of each coupon value supports the Wounded Warrior Project® Believe in Heroes.

Don’t worry if you miss out on the coupons. There is more you can do to support this project that was founded to help our veterans face the many challenges they encounter as they transition back into civilian life. When you go into their website (link provided above) you have the option to make a donation or purchase items from the online store. Under the Believe in Heroes® Gear tab, you’ll find everything from pens to key chains, grilling aprons to water bottles and tumblers, car magnets, decals, license plates and frames, trailer hitch covers, vehicle sunshades, and holiday ornaments. Shop year round and support our veterans with your purchases. As you click on each item, the percentage of the purchase price that funds Believe In Heroes® is clearly stated. That’s a nice feature; no hidden agenda.

While you’re in the website, read the featured stories of wounded soldiers and how Wounded Warrior Project® has touched their lives. Listen to their stories in their own words; see the gratitude in their faces as you watch the videos that accompany each article.



Our veterans put their lives on the line for each and every one of us. It’s time we give back. By making purchases, as mentioned in this article, you can help our beloved war heroes heal their wounds – both visible and unseen.

After all, we owe it to them, don’t you think?



Shauna L Bowling

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annart 3 years ago from SW England

An extremely interesting hub. I'm British but of course we have the same problems with our war veterans. Only today I saw a report on the television about a charity setting up a home for soldiers who have become homeless - they should never be homeless! What is our government doing for them? Not a lot it seems. Australia is the only place I know about which treats its veterans with respect and looks after them in all sorts of ways; benefits, medical aftercare, psychological care and much more, regardless of wealth or lack of it. It's great that you have these books to raise funds and well done for your contribution. Great hub with a superb message. Up etc. Ann

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ann, it seems the rest of the world could learn a thing or two from Australia. It's a crying shame the way our soldiers are treated. And government is often to blame!

Thanx for reading and sharing your views on the subject.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am honored to be included in the second book of this series, and more honored that the proceeds go to Wounded Warrior, a great project. Thanks for raising awareness about this wonderful cause.



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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, actually today I received Angelia's latest blog for Legacy Archives Foundation and it's been determined that the beneficiary of Book II will be Support Homeless Veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project that I mention above is something I stumbled upon this weekend. I thought it would be a good addition to the theme of my H.O.W. article.

I'm so glad you've contributed to Book II also. I can't wait to read your story!

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sha,

Your heart is big in writing a passionate and beautiful awareness raising of ways we can honor our veterans.

I am so honored to be working on the Legacy Archives Foundation and am thrilled you are contributing to Volume II

Have a peaceful night. Love, Maria

femmeflashpoint 3 years ago


Goodness, girl! You sent it over the fence and outta the park! This is wonderful!!

Thanks for bringing it to light how easy it is to help. Even help in small ways can often make such big differences.

A set of ear muffs, on sale for a couple of bucks, might be considered a really "cheap" gift to some folks. But to someone who's homeless, or struggling to survive winter weather in a shanty, they're priceless.

One person might only be able to do a tiny bit, but multiply their effort times three, or five or fifty ... suddenly small blooms into huge and wonderful possibilities.

God bless you, girlfriend. Thank you for caring and sharing.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina


This hub is full of important information about our veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, high suicide rates and high rates of alcohol addiction.

In addition, you've managed to show how, through their purchases of certain items, people can help benefit different organizations that help veterans, which, as you so skillfully pointed out, is a win-win situation. With Veteran's Day nearly upon us, Thanksgiving and Christmas close behind it is a great time of year to remember and honor our veterans in ways that you've mentioned.

I am so glad you were able to add a section about the Legacy Archives Foundation, the series of books they are creating and a link to Mysterious & Miraculous Book I which is currently available on Amazon as a Kindle Book, plus info about Mysterious & Miraculous Book II which will be available in early December, in time for people to make Christmas purchases.

Your story contribution to Book II is beautiful and you've also been doing much to help promote Book I with reviews, passing on information from the Legacy Archives Foundation, etc.

It's been such a pleasure for me to be part of the Legacy Archives Foundation and to work alongside such a great and growing group of dedicated writers, editors and of course our publisher, Mike Friedman.

Thanks again for posting this informative hub.

Voted up across the board except for funny and will post on FB and share with followers.

Hugs & Love,


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maria, it's a great cause. Your passion shows in your contributions to the effort. I know you have spent a lot of time on this project and will continue to do so. Everything you do is governed by your unfailing passion, compassion, love and understanding. You're a sweetheart!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Femme, you and I share a common bond in our support for our military, both retired and active. Your efforts are spreading like wildfire from what I can see. Thank you for including me in this noble cause and for your friendship, guidance and all you give of yourself. I'm so glad we've become friends. You're a spot of sunshine!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Gail, it's an honor to get to know you better through the Legacy Archives Foundation and your contributions to Mysterious & Miraculous. The best in all of us shines through when we are united in bringing comfort to others and keeping memories alive by documenting them in print.

When Bill asked the H.O.W. members to write a hub this week, my theme was a no-brainer. It feels good to be a part of something so great and meaningful.

Thanx for sharing. Hopefully the book sales will continue to increase and Book II will have readers wanting more.

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

These are fascinating ways to contribute. I enjoyed your hub, particularly how writers are contributing using their craft. Kudos to you for your involvement. Locally there are organizations that also take donations of gently used or new DVDs for the benefit of veterans undergoing rehabilitation. There are so many ways to contribute to making the world a better place if only we look.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, I like the idea of donating DVDs. You're right - there are many ways we can contribute to the rehabilitation of our veterans. I presented these two causes because they benefit both the giver and the recipient. I felt it would be good incentive to anyone who is reluctant to donate.

Thanx for your comment!

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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Excellent hub and I am thrilled to be part of this book. The stories are great, and you are right - it is for such a good cause. I am looking forward to the next book.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Me, too, Pam. I'm thrilled to see so many hubbers contributing to the cause!

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Thank you Sha, for this beautiful write here. Yes, our Veterans deserve the best and we should honor them each and every chance we can. My dad suffered with PTSD, as I was a witness to as a child. It difficult thing to watch to say the least. I was humbled and honored to be asked to contribute my true story that actually happened while traveling last Veterans Day Holiday, 2012. A day I will never forget. It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since that day.

God bless all the Veterans.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I read story; it gave me goose bumps. Did your dad get over his PTSD?

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Sadly them to be faced her as well. Your commitment and belief and resounding in the article. The different ways you highlighted to help the veterans are things that will really benefit from exposure. You done a great job of pulling it all together to highlight the individuals problems, the action being taken and also the hope for moving it forward.

As always your writing speaks on a deep level that the reader can really feel.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, thank you so much for your comment. (it came thru twice) Awareness is what I'm after. No matter where we live, we should support our military. They live a life most of us can't even imagine!

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Apologises my computer froze as I was editing the first line and I couldn't add letters and words back in. I couldn't proofread the rest and to add insult to injury Hubpages has posted my substandard comment twice!

In essence, what I was trying to say was that you have written a really useful, well written article which is reaching out to let us all see how we can play a part in making a difference.

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Hi Sha! Great perspective and wonderful ideas. I live in a military town. I have several uncles who are vets. Thank you so much for raising awareness for this important Foundation.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, I hate it when my computer freezes up on me! I'll delete the second one. I was a bit leery of doing so; I was afraid they might both disappear.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, it seems so many of us are offspring of military life. It's something of which we should be proud and I know we are! As always, thanx for stopping by my friend.

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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Shauna,

What a wonderful idea and delighted the books are a success, what a great tribute and way of paying back to the Veterans. Truly inspiring to read and the list of people involved. A truly moving piece, you never fail to deliver my friend, congrats!! Up, sharing, pinned . . . the works!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, Suzie! It's so nice to see you again. I think about you often. Thanx for sharing - our vets thank you, the Legacy Archives Foundation thanks you and I thank you!

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Hi Shauna so interesting and well written.

Voted up and shared for sure.

Enjoy your day.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Eddy. You're a doll!

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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

I come from a whole family of veterans - my father, my three brothers, and now my husband. I know about PTSD and all the horror left over after coming home from a war. Your ideas for helping veterans are wonderful. I can see a lot of people being able to help in many ways. Thank you for sharing these great ideas with us.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Marlene, it's all about making people aware. We owe our vets. The least we can do is help them any way we can. Thanx for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Great read filled with amazing information. My family is filled with veterans' from the Civil War to the present day so naturally this is a subject dear to my heart.

We recently participated in a Wound Warriors Weekend here in the Hudson Valley. A wonderful and uplifting thing to do and see. We are also members of the USO which helps soldiers around the world and last but not least my husband belongs to the American Legion. All of these things can be done by anyone as can the wonderful suggestions you've made!

Thank you for the great information.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

bravewarrior, bravo for bringing to light such an amazing array of ways to help our brave soldiers. I am also a proud Commanders Club member in the Disabled American Vets organization, as well as a contributor to Paralyzed Vets and NYS Veterans Associations.

You are absolutely right, we would not be enjoying all the freedoms that often get taken for granted were it not for our military. My Dad was stationed in France during WWII, was a communications officer and won several medals. I know of many veterans who would appreciate a 'thank you'. Every time my husband and I eat out, if there are military personnel present, we offer to buy them whatever they are drinking, and we tell them that they are very much appreciated--it's our way of saying 'thank you' in person.

I was not aware of the online coupon site, so thank you so much for sharing that! And thank you for writing this article in honor of our American Soldiers ;) Pearl

Voted Up++++ and shared

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dear Sha, I am sorry for just now getting back to your comment. I am having computer problems and it seems I am unable to get online. Hopefully, this comment will come through via my phone. Unfortunately, my dad never really recovered and suffered pretty much his whole life with PTSD. As he aged, it was not as severe but he still suffered trauma. Back then, people just did not speak of it and our family did not even realize what it was they, the vets, back then were left on their own to deal with their demons that haunted them from war. Maybe they came home without any outside or visible battle scars but their minds had battle scars. My dad died when he was 60. Too young in my book. I am thrilled that today the world knows of such and the soldiers are able to seek the help they need. K9s for Wounded Warriors is an awesome cause. Hugs and much love to all, Faith Reaper

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, how proud you must be to have such a family tree in the military. My tree is full of military personnel also. In fact, Stonewall Jackson was my maternal grandmother's great uncle. How cool is that?

Your support of troops all over the world is impressive. We need more like you!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pearl, our soldiers are the core of America. I think it's awesome that you and your husband honor every military person you encounter.

Aren't the DAV Commanders Club membership cards cool?

I have military in my blood. Several of my uncles were in the Air Force, one was in the Navy and my natural father is a retired Air Force Fighter Pilot; he flew in Nam and spent well over 20 years as an active officer.

I'm so proud of our troops and veterans. It takes a lot of courage to do what they do.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Yes, he was too young! I can't begin to image living in a war zone. I know I'd have nightmares for the rest of my life. I'm so thankful PTSD has been recognized and measures are being taken to help our soldiers deal with the trauma. Thanx for sharing your story.

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DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Sha, this is an absolutely wonderful article.

It is great to hear that you contributed to book II.

Anything to help our veterans is greatly appreciated.

My existence has been steeped in the world of military life

and military veterans. Most military people know what is really

important in this life. My stepson left last week, on his birthday, for his second tour in the Middle East. He will miss all the major holidays. At this point, we can only send US mail to him.

Thank you for all the super information in this hub, and thank you for

bringing our military to the forefront in our thoughts.

God Bless Our Military and God Bless America.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

DJ, may God bless your step son. What he' doing is so important. Too bad he couldn't have been deployed after his birthday and the holidays.

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This is great bravewarrior, I also came from a military family, dad in the army, mum a sergeant in the airforce, and my uncle a sergeant in the airforce too, so anything that helps our wonderful guys on either side of the pond or round the world is amazing!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, you are so right. Without them, we wouldn't be here to comment on each others' posts!

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teaches12345 3 years ago

I recently read where the Veterans program is the best charity to donate because almost every cent goes to them as a benfit. I am going to contribute more often to their cause. They so deserve our respect. Blessings.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Teaches, I used to donate regularly to the March of Dimes, that is until I found out it is an overseas corporation and very little of the donations go to the cause. Same with St. Jude's Hospital. Now, about all I donate to are veterans causes.

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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Beautiful hub, bravewarrior! I didn't know a lot of these things existed and it is awesome that you brought them to light!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Liz, then I've done what I set out to do. Thank you so much! And, you're welcome!

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Dear Shauna-thanks for the wonderful information on the M&M Book I and II. I have heard how hard you have worked on this incredible endeavor and that you have a story in book II. I look forward to reading your contribution. I feel honored to be part of Book II as well as my twin sister Laura. Our father, brother and two nieces are war veterans. My father was in WWII as a bomber pilot. My father would have loved the K9's for Warriors program as I know he struggled with PTSD, though he would never admit it. I am also very excited that book II proceeds will go to Support Homeless Veterans organization. I am excited for people to have this book available for the holidays. The stories are so inspirational and hopeful which is just what the holiday season is all about. God bless you for all you've done to make this unique book series possible. Hit all buttons except funny and shared on twitter and with hubbers.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Linda, when I got my copy of M&M Book II this morning, I was riveted. I read it from cover to cover. I am honored to meet you and others that I did not know before this series.

I too, am a military brat. My natural father is a retired USAF fighter pilot. He served over 20 years. Every time he tried to retire, the Air Force would ask him to come back. He was the first to fly 1,000 hours in the F-106. In fact, I'm wearing the t-shirt he gave me as I write this and coerced him into giving me his orange flight suit he wore in the early 1960s. He flew in Nam, raced in Monte Carlo for the Air Force and set up/ran golf courses sponsored by the USAF in Germany and California, in addition to his flight duties. I come from a long background of military. My mom is one of 10, 5 of which are boys. All served in the Air Force, with the exception of one uncle, who served in the Navy.

I'm an Air Force Brat and proud of it. Daddy is now 81 and has emphysema and is in a nursing home in Sacramento. He's my hero and always will be. I posted a hub about him, if you'd like to check it out. It's called, "Haunting Memories".

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Oh wow Shauna-Thanks you so much for sharing your family with me and the military background. You must be sooooo proud of your father. What a courageous, exceptional man. I would be honored to read your story, 'Haunting Memories." I am so glad I've met you and so many other great writers through this book series. I am just settling in for the night and am going to read your hub and then the M&M Book II. Have a wonderful week Shauna :-)

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You have a wonderful week, too Linda. You'll enjoy the book. It's awesome!

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ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

I am going to pinterest this for sure. As military brat my entire life, and few in the family who deal with PTSD, including myself ... THANK YOU

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Ziyena. Thanx for the pin!

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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello bravewarrior, you did a really nice job with this piece. This work deserves such a wide audience. I applaud you.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Mike. The M&M project is very special. Just trying to do my part in spreading the word.

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chuckd7138 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

As a Navy vet, this article is much appreciated. Thank you for sharing! Voted up and sharing!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for your service, Chuck! Thanks to you and others, we are communicating at this very moment freely.

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Vickiw 3 years ago

Brave warrior - so sorry I missed this! Thanks so much for writing this terrific Hub. Every now and again I manage to catch up a little, and I marvel at your ability to work so consistently. I know you have many irons in the fire at all times. You did a great service to our veterans by writing this piece.

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Vicki, I didn't realize you hadn't been here. We are on the same page in our other efforts that tie in to shared causes so I didn't realize you hadn't read this hub. Thank you for stopping by. I know how busy you are (much more so than I!) and really appreciate the comment.

Love ya!


Vickiw 2 years ago

Shauna - a year later, and I'm back again to make sure this article is as good as I thought it was then. Yes, it is!! Talk about "green," this one is positively emerald!

Nothing has changed. Our vets still need everyone's help, in whatever way you choose to do it.

But what has changed is Book 2 of the M&M series is available for Christmas, and to add support to our efforts for veterans. Book 3 is now in progress!

Thanks so much for writing this lovely and valuable article.

Hugs, Vicki

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Vickiw 2 years ago

Shauna -In case you're wondering, I forgot to sign in in order to comment! That's why my pretty picture isn't above! Now I'm signed in!

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Vicki, you're so right. I'll have to add the link for M&M2. Thanx for the reminder!

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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I admire your efforts to assist these heroes who sacrifice life and limb on our behalf. My heart goes out to veterans and their post-combat adjustment issues. My Dad served for twenty-two years in the Navy during two wars stationed on ammunition carriers, destroyers, submarines and mine-sweepers. His stories were always fascinating to me.

I found the Mysterious and Miraculous books to be top notch and heart warming stories, made even better by our associations through Hub Pages. That gives me some great ideas for last minute gift giving. Thanks.

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, the M&M books make wonderful gifts. Not only for those to whom you give, but to our veterans. Thank you so much for supporting the effort.

My father is a retired Air Force fighter pilot. He served well over 20 years. He was called out of retirement twice. I'm very proud of him. He flew in Nam and is very respected in the USAF.

Sadly, he's now in a nursing home in Sacramento (which is where he lives). He suffers from emphysema and is 82 years old. He still has his mind in tact, but the body isn't cooperating. It kills me that I'm on the other side of the continent from him, but we're in touch all the time.

Any and all support of our vets and current military personnel is welcome. Our government has let them down. We must rise above and not follow suit.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I have always and will always have the utmost respect and admiration for our Military...not to mention a soft spot. As for how far too many have a shameful attitude and lack of gratitude for them is something I can barely speak of, Sha.......That is something I will never ever understand....Wonderful work, Sha, as always....UP++++

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, I don't understand it either. Our military personnel sacrifice so much for us, up to and including their lives. If that doesn't deserve respect, I don't know what does.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sha.....I sure thought of you this morning when I was watching the news.......I don't recall "where" this was....probably because I was so fuming angry, my mind went blank...BUT.....a young soldier came home from overseas for a break to meet his brand new baby and spend some time with his wife & child. (I don't think you're ready for this)...THE EFFING LANDLORD HAS A STRICT CLAUSE IN THE LEASE THAT "IF YOU ARE NOT NAMED ON THE LEASE, YOU ARE CONSIDERED A VISITOR AND MAY STAY NO LONGER THAN A WEEK."

The young Dad was interviewed and he stated that the Landlord told him those are his rules and he treats ALL his tenants the same AND HE REALLY DOESN'T CARE WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE OR THAT HE'S A MILITARY ON LEAVE.

Sha...I really just want 5 minutes alone with that Landlord piece of dog crap. HOW COULD ANY HUMAN BEING DO SUCH AN EGREGIOUS THING?? I wonder why we are continually losing faith in humanity?

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, I'd be right there with you beating the crap out of him! What the hell?????

Fortunately, not everyone is like that a-hole, but too many are. Now you know why I don't watch the news!

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frogyfish 19 months ago from Central United States of America

Thank you for your beautifully helpful attitude and writing it down for us to share. Also, I do know Amazon had a portion of their site to help Wounded Warriors for a while, but don't know if it is still active.

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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida Author

I think they do, frogyfish. On July 4th of 2015 Winn-Dixie (grocery store) donated all profits from purchases made on that day to Wounded Warriors. I made sure I did my weekly shopping on July 4th. They donated $3,044,091.38 as the result! Isn't that awesome?

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