Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The VA has published a Returning-War-Zone Guide for Families at just the right time

I feel like someone is reading my mind. The Veterans Administration has launched a new page, just in time for inclusion in the Service and Sacrifice manuscript. I'll get the manuscript back from the publisher in the next four to five weeks. I will have had a chance to review the information at the new site (link below).

I highly recommend everyone who is following this project along to take a look at the new VA reintegration web site. I'd like your feedback as to how applicable this site is. Is this a duplication of effort from the Government One-Source pages? We won't know until we try. So take a look at it and get back to me.

VA Returning War-Zone-Guide for Families

Have a safe and Happy New Year. Please pray for our service members and their families during the holidays and throughout 2011. Lets hope all our troops come home as soon as possible.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas, family and counting our blessings

I've been blogging since February 2010 and it has been a wonderful experience. I appreciate every one's feedback and all of you who have been following. The most wonderful news is that we've had a very nice family Christmas morning. It is the blessing I've wished for all year. The kids are happy and today will be a wonderful day.
In regards to the book, I've submitted the manuscript to Xlibris, my publisher, as of December 22nd. The manuscript will be in copy-editing for the next three weeks (maybe longer due to the holidays), and soon I will have a link for you all to buy your first copy of the book! It may not deliver until the print copy is ready for release, but I would appreciate all advanced orders so we can all begin to raise funds for this charitable effort.
I've got to go play with the kids and take time to care for my family and myself today. God Bless everyone who has cared enough to contribute to this writing effort and for supporting me for the last two years while I've written it. God Bless our troops and their families for their Service and Sacrifice in support of our nation and of all that is good in the world. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I'm praying for us all and for a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Edits, edits, and more edits

I was surprised to note I haven't posted here since November 23rd. My goal starting out last February was to post at least one story or reference per week. Now I realize that just isn't possible for me. I suppose we're all just doing the best we can.
I have been deeply immersed in the process of incorporating comments from a professional manuscript editor. I've reached page 180 of over 230 as of today! It is amazing to see so many grammatical and conceptual mistakes. This was a great investment. The flow and impact of each chapter has improved. I'm enjoying this work instead of considering it criticism. That is a big change for me.
The new goal is to send the manuscript to Xlibris (the publisher) in the next two weeks. Pray for me folks, because this is taking everything I've got right now. I'm home on leave from work because my VA medicines got all out of whack. I wasn't sleeping and have just now begun to get some decent rest.
I've heard some great feedback related to this blog and other social media groups I belong to.
Finally, I wanted to share a link I found today. I have no idea how long this site has been up, but I already found a relevant article. Please take a look at it.
Happy Holidays everyone, and please pray for our troops and their families wherever they are around the world! God Bless,

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To read the article about reconnecting with your teenage children: