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Going Strong!

This is just a little update.  I haven’t stopped in to add anything here in a while but that doesn’t mean I’m not still publishing and handing out copies of Words For Warriors.  As a matter of fact, I just got a new letter from an adorable 10 year old girl that I included in the latest printing.

If you want to add a letter and a photo or two to for the website and/or book, please submit it to words4warriors1@gmail.com.  This is a “community” project and additional participants are always welcome.

*By the way, I’m looking for a few good Army Rangers!  I want to give a couple of books to Ranger veterans specifically, so if you’ve got a suggestion for someone to send a copy to, I’m all ears.

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At this time of year, I always stop and say a special prayer for all our troops who won’t be able to be home for Christmas. My hope is they know that their hard work is appreciated!

 

 

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Project Update – May 2, 2015

I’m pleased to report that I’ve been able to set aside enough money to print another batch of books.  I’m extremely happy with the Second Edition but I think it would be nice to collect some new letters to be included in the next printing.  Now that I know approximately when I’ll be publishing additional books (mid-July/early August), I will see about soliciting some fresh letters and photos.  It’s nice to have a target date nailed down for the next phase of this project that I love so much!

Even when I'm busy with other projects, I'm always thinking about collecting letters and distributing books to our very deserving veterans!
Even when I’m busy with other projects, I’m always thinking about collecting letters and distributing books to our very deserving veterans!

As you go about your day, please keep the Words For Warriors Project in mind.  Let your friends know what we’re doing here and how they can participate.  This book is a collaborative effort and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve created so far.

 Just because our veterans don't ask for thanks doesn't mean they don't like to hear it anyway
Our veterans don’t ask for our thanks but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to know we ARE thankful for their hard work.

Project Update – January 21, 2015

I’ve just sent out the last copy of the current edition of Words For Warriors to an Army veteran.  That means I’ll start thinking about placing an order for additional books in the near future.  First, I need to re-fill my cookie jar and have some jobs lined up to accomplish that goal.  In the meantime, I’m going to use this lull to re-configure this website.  I like some aspects of the way it looks, like the sliding banner across the top but I don’t like some of the other visuals. I’m going to play around with it…try on some new clothes, if you will, to see if I can find a template that I like the look of.

As always, I’m happy to have new letters for the next editions of the book I put out.  Please contribute a few lines and a photo or two.  If you’ve already written a letter, let your friends know about our project.  It’s an easy and fun way to make a positive contribution!

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Project Update – December 7, 2014

I haven’t posted an update for a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on this project.  I got the second edition of Words For Warriors published and have distributed many copies.  Actually, I’m down to my last few.  I have committed to give some of those to a wonderful organization that helps veterans seeking employment.

Me with a copy of the Second Edition.  I love the way it turned out.  All the new letters are wonderful!
Me with a copy of the Second Edition. I love the way it turned out. All the new letters are wonderful!

I’ve handed out the majority of the newest edition to veterans I run into in my daily life.  Just a few days ago there was a small group of people collecting donations for a charity outside my local grocery store.  They asked if I would contribute.  I wished them luck but told them I save all my extra pennies for our veterans (this project in particular).  Turns out the woman seeking donations was married to a Navy vet and her son (who was there with her) was home on leave.  He’s a Marine.  I went back to my car, got two of our books, gave one to her son and asked her to give the other to her husband.  That’s the fun part of accidental meetings.  It’s a pleasure to have something tangible to hand to those who have served (and who are still serving).

Speaking of things that please me, I was able to hand a copy of our book to a Marine veteran named Michael Golembesky and his teammate/friend J.J.  Michael recently published a book called Level Zero Heroes about his experiences as a Marine Special Operations man in Afghanistan.  It’s a powerful book and one you might be interested in reading.  Couldn’t be happier about being able to give he and J.J. a tangible “thank you” from all of the people who contributed to Words For Warriors.

This is the book Michael Golembesky published.  You can access his website here http://levelzeroheroes.com
This is the book Michael Golembesky published. You can access his website at http://www.levelzeroheroes.com

As always I continue to ask people who would like to participate in this project to write letters of their own to be included in subsequent editions of Words For Warriors.  It’s a great way to show appreciation for all of the hard work our military members put in.  Remember, thinking kind words is great but writing them down and passing them on means so much more…

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Even when I’m not posting often, rest assured I’m working diligently to see that our book gets to as many veterans as possible.  If you have helpful ideas for me, contact info for people you think would like a copy or a letter you want to submit, please send it along.  I’m always available at words4warriors1@gmail.com

 

Project Update – August 15, 2014

I’m delighted to say that the second edition of Words For Warriors is now ready to go to the publisher.  I will be double checking everything this weekend and I’ll send it off on Sunday evening or Monday morning.  I like the way it shaped up.  I am, of course, still happy to have any additional letters people want to send.  This will be the last order of books for this year but I will publish more next year (after refilling my cookie jar)  and I’ll include any new letters in the next printing.  As you go about your day and you run into people who might be willing to contribute, please let them know about this project!  I’m very grateful to those of you who have already taken time to pen a few lines to our very deserving veterans.  Thank you.

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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!

 

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.

 

Project Update – May 19, 2014

Now that I’m distributing the book, I thought I’d let you know where the book is going.

So far, I’ve placed 6 books at my local VA outpatient clinic, 2 in a VA clinic in Colorado Springs where I was visiting, 5 at a VA outpatient clinic in Golden CO, 1 at the VFW in Golden and sent four to USA Hockey (they are our Paralympic hockey team and have four veterans on the team). I have one being placed in a VA in Maine and one in West Virginia. There are a few on the way to an Air Force base where at least one will find a home at a local Fisher House. One is at Pathway Home in Yountville, California.

Dropping off books this weekend!
Dropping off books this weekend!

I’m also incredibly pleased to say that I’ve been able to give a few copies to a company called Wounded Wear for their use and send a personal copy to the President of the company, Jason Redman (whose words in his recent book The Trident partially inspired me in this undertaking). That’s right, I cold called (via email) his company and he was kind enough to write back.

I’ve also been able to send out copies to many veteran friends and acquaintances which makes me very happy, indeed!

I’m delighted to say that the feedback from the book has been quite positive and it’s the best feeling in the whole world!

The first edition is out but I’m not done yet. I’m still asking people who want a unique way to show our veterans some support to write letters and send photos of themselves. I will definitely be doing a second edition and hopefully many more. Currently, the project is entirely funded by me and my cookie jar. I am scheming ways to get additional funds but whether I do or not, I will continue to distribute books. Outside money just means more books out to our veterans…faster.

Do you want to be in the next edition of Words For Warriors?

If you would like to be in my next book, I invite you to send a letter along to words4warriors1@gmail.com. Please understand this isn’t a writing contest. It’s not about fancy language or perfect grammar. A few simple words from the heart is all that is necessary. its something meaningful you can do and it doesn’t cost a penny, just a few minutes of your time.

 

 

Project Update – May 7, 2014

I’m very happy to report that the book was sent off to the printer yesterday.  Just a little longer and I’ll have a box of books on my doorstep and I can begin phase two of this project.  I have created a partial distribution list and will go to the post office today to get mailers so I can address them and have them ready to go once I have the books in hand.  No delays…I want Words For Warriors out there ASAP!

I met the most interesting man yesterday.  I heard him say he had been in the Navy.  He joined up when he was very young.  I’m guessing he’s a WWII veteran.  I gave him one of the Grateful American coins I carry around and we ended up having a great conversation.  He gave me a couple of books of his and we exchanged information.  In a few weeks, I’ll go back to visit him with a copy of Words For Warriors for his library.  He seems eager to chat and from a few of the stories he told me I think a letter from him would be a marvelous addition to the Words For Warriors Project.

Don’t forget, I’m still collecting letters.  If you have people in your life who you think would enjoy being part of this project, please direct them here.  The more letters I get the better the next edition of Words For Warriors will be!

Let our veterans know their hard work is appreciated!
Let our veterans know their hard work is appreciated!