Veterans and Service Members

There are a numerous amount of things that are near and dear to my heart. But the care, concern and livelihood of veterans and service members should be of interest for many of us. Being a U.S. Army Veteran myself make this topic touch home personally.

When we see and identify veterans, we are looking at men and women who have sacrificed their lives for this country. Sometimes when we see these individuals we can see the physical scares, wounds and injuries. But with many of us you can’t see the mental affect that the U.S. Armed Forces has placed on us. And believe when I tell you that we don’t have to go to battle zones in order to suffer from  mental illness.

Many veterans have more than likely served a minimum of two years on active duty. While serving on active duty our bodies and minds can go through major life changing transitions. Just imagine individuals going from their natural civilian habitat to that of an almost 100% structured and controlled life. Now mind you, the discipline and training that they give is designed to equip individuals for any and all military service, including war.

I don’t think any of us can say, (especially in today’s time) that an individual joins the Armed Forces without knowing many of the possible consequences. On the other hand many American civilians don’t have a clue as to what we go through while on active duty and more importantly, what we go through after we serve our time. Depending on one’s selective branch of service, career field, extracurricular activities, deployments and many other things can factor into our short and long term mental and physical condition.

So this is how and why all these reasons resonates with me so well. I am a retired Staff Sergeant of the U.S. Army. I had Basic Training at Ft. Knox, KY., and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Ft. Lee, VA. Basic Training is where the initial (basic) training begins. Let’s define military training before we go any further. Military is defined by Google as: relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces. Google: The first recorded use of the word military in English, spelled militarie, was in 1585. It comes from the Latin militaris (from Latin miles, meaning “soldier”) through French, but is of uncertain etymology, one suggestion being derived from *mil-it- – going in a body or mass. What is a soldier: a person who serves in an army, fighter, trooper, serviceman, servicewoman; warrior; GI; peacekeeper; archaicman-at-arms. This is my definition in laments terms: reconditioning of the mind and body of any and all members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Let me make this statement plain and clear: “I don’t expect civilians to understand or know what veterans and service members go through, if many veterans who are in positions of hope for us (forget or don’t genuinely care), don’t understand or know what we go through.” This is by far another blog and discussion by itself, in which I will most definitely oblige in the future.

The main point I would like for all to focus on now is, we as veterans and service members have done and are actively doing our parts to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and should be treated accordingly by any and all military and government entities i.e., Veterans Administration Hospitals, V.A. Claims Divisions, and all levels of city, state & local governments. This is by far in many instances JUST NOT THE CASE.

My goal for this portion of my writing is to make it known to all as many horror stories as possible from Service Members and Veterans from all over the world so we can eventually get these things into the hands of people in positions that are willing to make a difference. Stay tuned to hear from your American Heroes.






We Are Better Together

Let’s join forces and do all that we can to make this world a better place to live in because we are better together.

Let’s imagine for a moment that we have some of the same dreams, goals & visions to do our best to make all  lives better which in return should make this world a better place to live in. Would we be more successful doing this individually or teaming up and doing it together? Of course we could do tremendously more as a team.

One of my primary goals is to link like-minded and like-hearted people together who not only see the areas of people’s lives that need improving or could use an upgrade but those that won’t be pro-active and make a difference.

I myself am a big procrastinator. Now you know the truth. Now the truth about it is, I need your blessings, motivation, assistance, encouragement and support to keep me posting and sharing what God has placed in me in hopes that someone else will get motivated to step up to the plate and share themselves and what they have to offer. We all have a story to tell.

Besides being a procrastinator, I’m a very caring & concerned person who has seen the upside of life as well as seen the low side. What concerns me are those individuals who have never experienced the finer things in life and who think life can’t and won’t get any better. If you take a closer look at people you too will be able to see the disappointments and discouragements on the faces of many.

There is more to this life than many of us could ever imagine. Some of us have had the pleasure of being able to travel, eat at fine restaurants, have the finest in personal possessions and have money left over at the end of each month. But many people have only been able to experience having more month left over than they do money. Some of us have the privilege of being able to enjoy family and friends. But again, there are many others who don’t have direct contact with other people on a daily basis. Can you imagine not having another person in your life? My, how lonely that could be. Been there done that.

I very much so invite any all of you to join forces with me so we can make this world a better place to live in. We Are Better Together! Let me know what you have to offer.




Have You Ever Failed At Anything?

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If you’ve never failed at anything, could it possibly be you’ve never tried to do anything?All our lives consist of ups & downs, do’s & don’ts, negatives & positives and most definitely successes & failures. But in order to fail at anything, you first have to make an attempt to accomplish something.

I hear people complain all the time about how hard times are and then they defeat themselves automatically by saying, “Things Will Never Change.” If one truly feels as though those words are true to them, then no, they shouldn’t try to accomplish anything worthwhile. By stating things will never change, you’ve already given the reason for your failure before you ever try. By doing this you can justify your statement after you’ve failed.

But the real question is, “Did You Really Put Everything In It That You Had In Order To Have A Chance At Success?”

No more excuses. Start where you are, do what you can, with what you already have.

I do believe each and every living human being has a purpose in life. But many of us are operating outside of our gifts or passions. Take a close look at “YOU.” Now ask yourself “What is it that I’m really good at or what is it that I really enjoy doing. Think of something that you enjoy or love so much, that you would even do it for free.

Some of us may have multiple gifts or passions. Decide which one or two of your gifts or passions you’d like to succeed at and then go for it full force with every fiber of your being. And by all means, do not keep jumping from one project to another because something else is shining or glittering much brighter than the project(s) at hand. Believe me, I’ve been there.

Whatever it is that you choose to do, dedicate at least an hour or two working on it for a minimum of forty consecutive days. I got that from one of the experts, even though it took me several years to take their advice. DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE. I started seeing massive results after I implemented their advice. I will share that article with everybody at a later date.

Remember the old saying, “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day?” Neither will your gifts or passions. It takes time and effort to build a dynasty. Be patient because success is just around the corner, but you have to keep walking in order to get there.

Please feel free to share what it is you’re presently working on or the project that you’re about to start.






Who I Am And Why I Write

LIFE- this is the reason I write. Let me explain.

I want to connect people from different walks of life and share our life experiences, which could be helpful to others. None of us will get out of this life without living a life. While living these lives we all experience many different things. Some of these experiences may be good, bad, life-altering, insignificant, devastating and sadly to say some may even be life-ending. Regardless of the experiences, we may not know it but, our experiences could very well help or benefit another person and lead them to live a better and more productive life.

I am a man who’s lived a life of variety. Along with this variety of life is my own personal life experiences. I want to share many of these experiences with the world in hopes that somebody else’s life will be a much more productive life.

I once heard motivational speaker Les Brown say something like this, “The Grave Yard Is One Of The Riches Places In The World.” He went on to explain the reason is that many people die every day and take their unfulfilled dreams, goals  & visions to the grave with them without ever tapping into their own full potential.

Any articles I share will be to provoke discussion, comments, likes, dislikes, shares and anything else that I think may be beneficial to others.

However, I can’t do this alone. I welcome all of my readers and followers to share in any positive way they can. I don’t care if people think differently than I do or others and want to share their opinion. The only thing I don’t want is for us to become divided because of any of my posts, comments shares, likes & dislikes.

With that being said, I’ll share one of my first life lessons. As I’ve gotten older I have come to an understanding that we as people should be able to conversate and share our opinions about a particular topic without others getting mad, upset or confrontational. Remember it’s only an opinion. Now your opinions could create problems with others if we try to force our opinions on others. As the old saying goes, “An Opinion Is Like A Butt Hole, We All Have One.” Now the last part of this lesson that I’ve learned is just because we have an opinion doesn’t mean we have to always give it.

I close with encouraging as many as possible to do and say things that will build others up and add to their lives instead of taking away from their lives.