Monday, November 10, 2014
Please take a moment this November 11th and remember those who have served this nation in the military, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today I watched an HBO film, Taking Chance, at an event at the community college where I teach Report Writing. It was a difficult film to watch in some ways, but only because of the emotion surrounding almost every scene. If you are a veteran, prepare yourself to weep either repeatedly, or non-stop. Probably some of you who aren't will have the same reaction. The film has a simple premise: a marine lieutenant colonel escorts a fallen soldier home to Wyoming. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that, but I'll let you experience that on your own if you choose to watch it.
What touched me the most, I think, was the incredible reverence and gratitude displayed by everyone. From the very beginning of the fallen soldier's journey home, to the very end...
Anyway, I can't write much more than that.
I would like to share one other thing with you, though. As I do every year, 100% of my November earnings from my novel, Chisolm's Debt, will be donated to support veterans. That includes all formats -- print, ebook, and audio. The story heavily features veterans, so it seemed an appropriate title to use for this fundraiser. I'll post again in January when I make the donation.
Please share the link with anyone you think might be interested in that kind of a read, and who'd like to know that 100% of what they spend (after the distributor takes their cut, of course) will go to directly support veterans. Right now, I donate to Remind.org, but I am always open to finding a worthy organization that is more local, so feel free to email me if you know of one.
In any event, I want to thank each and every one of you who have served. You deserve recognition more than one day in 365, that's for sure.