Project Update – July 27, 2014

When I post letters I do so because it allows readers to see what is in the books I hand out.  It’s also an opportunity for veterans who might not be in my immediate sphere to read the letters that have been written to them by all of the contributors to this project.  The internet posts convey the meaning of the letters but they do look much more impressive when I put them into the book with proper layout.  I recently posted a letter from Logan C.  He included many great photos with his letter so I had enough between the text and the pictures to create a two page layout.  This is what it looks like.

A look at the layout in the book
A look at the layout in the book

I’m diligently working on the second edition of Words For Warriors.  It’s shaping up quite nicely and just in time!  I had the opportunity to send 9 copies to a group of Army Rangers who were getting together for a summer party.  I’m now down to the last couple of copies of the first edition available to distribute.  Some of the letters from the first edition will appear in the second edition but many new letters will be included.  I still have August 15th as my target date to send the new edition off to be printed.

The second edition cover will look like the first edition cover with the exception of the color and a little notation on the spine indicating that it’s a subsequent edition.  I liked the original red cover and I think the blue looks great as well.

The cover of the second edition.  I think the blue looks nice.
The cover of the second edition. I think the blue looks nice.

 

Front and back cover...
Front and back cover…

Remember, if you know anyone who might like to contribute a letter to the Words For Warriors Project, it’s not too late. Please encourage them to do so!  It doesn’t take much time to write a few words and you never know…it might make somebody’s day!

 

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From Logan C. (Army Veteran)

To my brothers and sisters,

When you join the military you join a family.  You take on more responsibility than the average individual and are taught to excel in leadership.  I have made friends for life that I met in the military.  We have been through things that others will not understand and that is a bond we share.  It makes us who we are.  We volunteered to do the things we did and were proud to do each and every single one of them.

Army Airborne Combat Veteran SGT. Logan Colson

A picture of me and my friend in the pack shed before loading a plane to jump. We are sitting on a bench in full jump gear. Counting the parachutes & our equipment we were typically jumping with 120-150lbs of equipment on us. I usually jumped with a radio in my ruck sack.
A picture of me and my friend in the pack shed before loading a plane to jump. We are sitting on a bench in full jump gear. Counting the parachutes & our equipment we were typically jumping with 120-150lbs of equipment on us. I usually jumped with a radio in my ruck sack.
Boarding a C-17 airplane for an Airborne operation.
Boarding a C-17 airplane for an Airborne operation.
Inside a C17 with two cannons. I was in an Airborne Artillery unit that actually dropped these 15,000lb cannons out of a plane with parachutes.
Inside a C-17 with two cannons. I was in an Airborne Artillery unit that actually dropped these 15,000lb cannons out of a plane with parachutes.
A picture I took after jumping out of a C130.  You can actually see the plane in the background.
A picture I took after jumping out of a C-130. You can actually see the plane in the background.
There were times in Iraq that the thermometer read 140 degrees out in the sun and about 115 in the shade.
There were times in Iraq that the thermometer read 140 degrees out in the sun and about 115 in the shade.

AIRBORNE CREED

 

 

From Michael K. (Army Veteran, Career Firefighter

This is for all of you warriors out there who are serving our nation.

I was once where you are in a very different time. I served in the first Gulf War and I consider that to have been a cake walk compared to what you are doing today. I think about the sacrifices that are made when I drive by an American flag. I think of not only you, I think of the backbone of every soldier which is their family. The family is also in the military.  They are just behind the scenes.

You men and women that proudly go off to a foreign country are an inspiration to all of us. The mission may be long and hard but the mission is always a success because of you. Speaking as a former service member you have millions of us soldiers in your pocket with you through our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work and know that I personally shake the hands of every soldier or veteran for a job well done. Thank you for what you do and remember that every day that goes by is one day closer to home. God Bless and be safe. Your country loves you.

Michael J. Kline

Michael K.

Project Update – July 2, 2014

Jack Dawson is an artist who has been producing wonderful work for over 30 years.  He has created many lovely pieces using various types of media.  He says his “principal purpose has been to spread the message of Jesus Christ through his work.”  He and his wife, have a website at http://www.jackdawson.com where you can go and see his art.

I’m delighted to say that they have made a very generous donation of notecards to the Words For Warriors Project.  The notecards depict one of my favorite paintings of his called Heart of a Warrior and I will be tucking them into the copies of Words For Warriors that I send out.  Very happy to have them.  I think the recipients of the books will enjoy the little extra surprise nestled amongst the pages.

Many thanks to Jack and Nancy Dawson for their generosity!

This is the front of the notecard.
This is the front of the notecards.

 

This is the back that explains the thoughts behind the painting.
The back of the notecard explains the thoughts behind the painting.