Veterans and Community Service


There was absolutely no way Ian Smith was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. He was sure of it.

He was O.K. He was living with his girlfriend in a suburb of Nashville working three jobs — mowing lawns, delivering pizzas, cleaning a local church. He was carrying a 4.0 average at Volunteer State Community College. Yes, he’d seen some terrible stuff during two tours in Iraq. But others had been through much worse. He’d never been wounded. He was alive.

But it was a strange sort of alive. He lived on his couch, with his pistol. He didn’t sleep much. The only way he could get to sleep was by getting drunk, so he got drunk every night and slept with his gun under the pillow. He had gained 60 lb. since leaving the Army in February 2009. He drank more and more. His girlfriend left him. He put the gun…

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Veterans Day

Thanks to all who served.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.'”

       —Winston Churchill’s Tribute to the Royal Air Force, House of Commons, 20 August 1940. 


A Tribute to Veterans by Jerry Calow

Jerry originally posted this in the comments section on the About page and I thought it deserved its own post. Thank you Jerry for this wonderful tribute!

I wrote this song to pay Tribute to All Veterans and

would be pleased if you choose to post this in His Honor.

I Thank you and God Bless!

A Tribute To Veterans

In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars Past
Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last
Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be
Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:

From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows
From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols

Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas
Far From Continue reading