I’ve been busy this Memorial Day weekend, thinking about our fallen, thinking about my love for this country and for those who have given so much to protect our liberty and I spent the day yesterday doing what I could to show “thank you” to those I can reach. I started out in the morning with a pile of books, my older son and the little lady in the GPS to guide our travels.
I’m happy to report that the books now have a presence in 13 States. I also scraped together the money to do a second edition printing when I’m ready with more letters. Please spread the word. If this project speaks to you I welcome your participation. If you don’t want to write a letter but know someone who might be interested, let them know about the Words For Warriors Project. Make it a point to stress that this isn’t a writing contest or an exercise in perfect grammar, it’s a place for people to offer a few honest words from the heart to those who have given this country so much!
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 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.
I’m happy to report that the Words For Warriors Project is underway in earnest. I have gotten some great submissions from a wide variety of people who wanted to express their support for our military men and women. There are now submissions from a great-grandmother, a teenager, a ten year old, a veteran, a newly minted American citizen, a couple of attorneys, a retired toolmaker and a worker in a nail shop. It’s gratifying to see such a lovely array of participants.
I am starting to reach out into the larger community. I have composed a letter explaining the Words For Warriors Project which I will send to local churches to see if there are members of their congregations who might like to participate. Those letters will be going out tomorrow.
I have a couple of meetings set up this month, one with a veteran’s group at a large manufacturing plant and one with a single veteran who may have advice/suggestions for connecting with more people and for places for distribution once I have enough submissions to bind.
If you’ve already made a submission, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you haven’t, won’t you please take 15 minutes, jot a note and send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org? As always, I appreciate your help spreading the word. The more submissions we get, the better!
Remember a simple kind word can be a very powerful thing!
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door. (Irish Blessing)