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From Ryan W. (Engineer – Age 36)


We take for granted each day what an amazing place we live in, and more importantly, why this place is so great.  it is so because of our service men and women  I’d like to thank each of those who helped create such a great country and those who are still serving to keep us safe and free.  What each of you is doing matters and is appreciated.  Thanks for your service.


Ryan W.




From Josh S. (USMC Veteran, Athlete, Gold Medal Olympian)

To all the veterans out there that are just sitting on the couch maybe not doing what they need to be doing, that are not really getting out there because they’re thinking about things that they could be doing at this point in life but can’t because of their injuries,

Find something you used to do in the past.  Try it again.  See if it works out for you and if not…try something new.

Josh S. (veteran of the United States Marine Corps, athlete, served as alternate Captain for the U.S. Paralympic Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  Scored the game winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Russia in the gold medal game)


The game winning goal that won the Olympic gold medal!
The game winning goal that won the Olympic gold medal!

From Ken B. (Fitness Enthusiast)

To the men and women who fight and serve our country,

I wanted to take the time the first let you know how appreciative I am for your service and your dedication to our country and our liberty.

Your hard work and effort has not gone unnoticed. Countless people around the country not only support you but are praying for you. I am one of the many.

I do make it a point to smile, wave or even say thank you to military personnel when I see them here in the states.

There is a sense of pride when I see you. Knowing that we have the best men and women protecting our liberty and laying their lives on the line daily.

Please know that we love you, we are praying for you and we support you and all that you do. Thank you very much for all that you do.  Stay strong.

Sincerely, Ken

Ken B.

From Ryan V. (Engineer – Age 25)

Dear Warriors,
My grandfather served in the war flying a Blackhawk helicopter and received a purple heart for his services. Sadly he passed away before I was born, so I never got to meet the man that helped defend our country and grant us the freedoms that I take for granted every day. I have heard so many amazing stories about who he was and what he accomplished in life and I have no doubt that today’s warriors are of the same caliber.

I never got the chance to thank my grandfather for his service and dedication, but I do have the opportunity to thank you guys. So thank you and without your selflessness and strength, Americans would not have the opportunity to make advancements in technological, medical, humanitarian, environmental, and numerous other fields that make our country great.

Never forget that you are the reason America is great.



From Sherwin A. (Retired Oil & Gas Company Executive)

Dear Armed Forces Member:

First and most of all, thank you for serving our country, and in many instances, putting your personal life and safety on the line for the benefit of all of us at home. Our country, as we know it, would not long survive without a strong and dedicated defense force. History shows us that freedom comes with a price, and a strong military is a big part of that price. You in the armed forces play a huge role in defending that freedom and our way of life. I have the utmost respect for you. Thanks again for what you did for all of us.

Very truly yours,
Sherwin A.



Project Update – April 1, 2014

I was away from my desk for a week to celebrate spring break with my family on the beach.  I had a wonderful time but even while I was lying on the warm sand, I was contemplating ways to make this project successful.

It occurred to me that there are now enough submissions to create a prototype book out of.  I set my mind to creating one the minute I returned.  I did just that and my prototype book should be printed (one in hardback and one in softback), bound and on my doorstep within a week or so.

I’m excited to have a “product” to show people when I solicit submissions for the Words For Warriors Project.  I think it will make the idea concrete for people.  It will give them something to hold in their hands.  They will be able to flip through it and get an idea of what we’re creating and they’ll be able to assess the quality of the books for themselves.

Currently, I have enough submissions to fill a 29 page book.  My goal is to collect about 10 more for the first volume for publication and distribution.  Pricing for the books is done in sets of 10 pages.  In other words the 29 page book is the limit for the pricing at that particular level.  If I add even one more page, the price goes up but it stays at the same rate whether I have 30 or 39 pages.  If I surpass the 39 page mark, the price per book increases again.

When my prototype book arrives, I’ll be able to attend to the details of the publication.  I can determine if I need to increase font size or decrease photo size on some pages.  I’ll be able to double-check for spacing, layout and see if navy blue print on a light blue background makes the text too hard to read.

When the books arrive, I’ll post some photos so you can see what I created for the first go-round.

Please tell anyone you think might be interested in making a submission that they are welcome to do so.  It’s an easy way to brighten someone’s whole day!


From Paul G. (Student, Age 15)

Bravery.  Defined as “The quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening.”  Few have it, you do.  The guardians and protectors of The United States of America.  You are the bravest people on the face of the earth.  You have chosen to make the greatest sacrifice one can make.  To put your life on the line for others.  No words can explain the amount of courage and bravery you have.

You are the reason that when I go to bed at night, I look forward to tomorrow.  Without our troops America would be incapable of existence and without America there is no freedom, so I thank you.  I thank you, the guards of freedom and the pillars of a nation.  I thank you, the men and women who have so bravely served our great nation.  Thank you.

Paul G.


From Laurisa C. (Corporate Recruiter, Age 23)

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for your relentless pursuit of excellence. Excellence in honor, excellence in duty and excellence in selfless service. As I go about my day, I sometimes forget why it is so special to be an American citizen. I forget these things because I live in a country where I don’t have to worry about being safe. And that is a privilege denied to many.

I have this very privilege because of the soldiers that are sacrificing themselves so I can enjoy this life. This life of unequivocal freedom and opportunity.

The freedom that you fight for does not go unnoticed. It is noticed in the streets I walk in, the buildings I work in and the people I speak with. It is not a blatant thing; it is a gentle underlying current. One that swells and pools around your feet. A current that you don’t even realize you are a part of until it sweeps you up and carries you out to sea. And for that peaceful forgetfulness, I thank you.

Your selfless service is admirable beyond all else.





From Ken G. (Small Business Owner, Age 47)

To Our Country’s Service Men and Women Past and Present,

The weight of the world at least

That weight would only be increased

Beyond what mortal men would dare to bear

Even though the weight was great

They stormed the beach and then they crashed the gate

And after there was music in the air  (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, They Will Need Music)

From every generation of American came a select few people who put their lives on the line to establish, maintain then preserve the freedom that is unique to our country.  Thanks to your courage and determination, the closest folks like myself will ever come to dangers like many of you have faced is in history books.  For that, myself, my family, and the entire country are forever grateful.

Ken G.


From Kip Y. (Salesperson)

Thank you for all of your support and for everything you do.  I know you feel like no one thinks about you but we do.  Thank you for your help and all your sacrifices!



Project Update – March 19, 2014

I had a meeting yesterday with a Vietnam era veteran who has connections at the VA and with some veteran’s organizations.  Looks like I have an “in” at the VA so when the books are ready to go out, I will definitely be able to get them inside where the veterans will be able to read them.  This is a good development since I was fully prepared to set up camp outside the various VA clinics and hospitals and hand out copies to vets going in and out.

I have a meeting on Friday with a veteran’s group at a manufacturing plant.  It’s always good to have the opportunity to get the word out about this project.

I was exercising this morning and had a bit of insight.  I think there are people I’ve solicited for participation in the Words for Warriors Project who feel intimidated by the prospect of writing an open letter.  Since I love to write and it’s a very comfortable way for me to express myself (I’d rather write than talk most of the time, which is why my friends all know to text me or email me rather than call me on the phone) that thought hadn’t occurred to me before now.  I know lots of people who love to talk but think of putting pen to paper as torture. To that end, I made up some sheets so that people can dictate what they’d like to say and I can just write it down for them.

I will use this form to write down notes from people who'd rather just talk and not write.
I will use this form to write down notes from people who’d rather talk and not write.

I see myself standing on a street corner somewhere in the near future with a clipboard and pen ready to go!  Since we’ve already established that talking to people isn’t my strong suit, especially talking to strangers, this will prove to be an interesting exercise in “how-much-do-I-want-it?”

I can tell you right now, this project WILL be successful and if I have to go outside my comfort zone, then that’s exactly what I’ll do!

Bless all of you who have so kindly made submissions.  Remember you never know how much a kind word can mean to someone.


From Brandon D. (Analyst, Former Hotshot Firefighter, Age 28)

Dear Soldier,

My name is Brandon.  I am 28.  I just got married to my wife, Kristin, last August.  We are currently getting ready for spring. Kristin likes to plant flowers and vegetables so we are going to build a vegetable garden in the back yard.  I’m a little worried about our little Dachshund Tink figuring out there are carrots in the vegetable garden because she loves carrots.  We also have a little pug named Joey, but he seems to like beer more than carrots.  I can’t drink a beer in peace anymore without the pug sitting at my feet hoping for me to spill.  He’s a good dog though.  He really likes riding in the jeep with the top off.  We usually go up four wheeling to get out of the city and get some fresh air.  I hope you are able to get some fresh air sometime soon.

For those of you still serving, keep your chin up, we are all thinking about you.  Come home safe and sound.

Brandon & Kristin