Another lifetime ago, I was a Marine. I know they say once a Marine, always a Marine but as the years increase between my time in and now it becomes harder to still feel like one. The one thing that hasn’t changed is that I still talk to may of the people I served with.
Yesterday I got a message from one of my friends from my last duty station. She has been a long time supporter of my writing career and a constant cheerleader and critic. Like so many veterans, she suffers from PTSD. She deals with it by helping other service members work through theirs. This girl is amazing and is a source of inspiration.
Any who, she asked me to ghost write her story for her. And I instantly said yes. I mean how could I say no. I’m a little nervous because I’ve never done anything like this before but she has the utmost faith and all I can do is try. She said I was her first choice when the idea came to her.
Now I can help the person who has helped so many learn to live with or defeat their demons. Let’s go Team Liz!!!!
A very happy Veteran’s Day to all my fellow vets out there. Whether I served with you or not, I consider you a friend. May your belly be full, may you have a roof over your head, and may you be surrounded by loved ones.
A while back I was approached by Webucator and asked if I could do a post about the importance of getting a solid education. They also wanted me to provide information for veterans to use should they decide to enroll in their programs. Now I feel like I must say that they are not paying me to say anything and I am doing this of my own free will. When I got out I tried to find a job and it didn’t work. Luckily I had the GI bill, which offered some money, and my husband was still in. I took advantage of that and went to school. I earned my degree and with that degree I was able to get a job. The school that I went to had online degrees which worked out well for me because I didn’t have to transfer schools every time my husband got a new duty station. This is similar to what Webucator offers. They have programs that you can do online as a class or on your own. They offer training courses on web design and security as well as management. It’s at least worth a look if you’re struggling to find your place in the civilian world. The person who contacted me also informed me that they also will help you create your resume which we all know is crucial for getting an interview. I applied for jobs for two years with no success while I was in school. Then I tweaked my resume to fit my new skills and to make it stand out. Three months later I had two interviews which turned into a position. If you are not a vet, I would still recommend checking these people out, sometimes we all have to go off into a new direction to make our lives better. For my fellow vets and their families, if you decided that Webucator is something for you then sign up for the self paced courses and enter the promo code VETERAN. This will allow you to take the courses for FREE!
Times are tough and any little bit that you can do to put yourself ahead of the game is at least worth a going over. And to the rest of you who are not veterans, should you come across one who is struggling to find a job could you let them know. I would appreciate it and I know that they would as well. Take care everybody.
As you are all aware this Sunday is Memorial Day. It is a day to remember and honor all those who fought the good fight, but didn’t make it home. Now I don’t know about you but I’m a little perturbed with some posts on Facebook guilt tripping people who enjoy themselves during this time of remembrance. As a veteran myself, I don’t really care that people use this as an excuse to get together and have a good time. While I cannot speak for all veterans, I can say that the ones that I know don’t care either. We all have lost friends either to combat, to accidents back home, or because they didn’t get the help they needed. We remember them but we also celebrate their lives as well. I can assure you that most military people are gathering around the grill this weekend too. We have a moment of silence for those who cannot be here with us, but we still have fun because that is what they would want us to do. So this weekend have your fun just remember to thank those who died on the battle field for you. Semper Fi!
My shop waiting to do a memorial hike for Chosen Valley (Vietnam War)
Memorial marker on top of Iwojima. My great-grand father fought there during WWII
My husband and friend (now gone) in Iraq
My husband at a funeral for a friend he went to Iraq with along with other members of his squad.