By Jeanine Englert
In Lovely Digits, Constable John Brodie is a man somewhat broken by his past as a soldier and by the secrets of his family. As a former sailor, he has nightmares of former battles and blames himself for the loss of younger men and sailors under his care. Despite this fictional account as seen through hero John Brodie, there are many men and women who suffer with such similar losses or regrets related to their service of their country. The strength and persistence of these men and women amaze me, and I feel indebted beyond what I can express for their service.
I challenge you this coming Veteran’s Day in the United States (November 11th), to find a way to honor those who have died in service to their country and its people or to give back and acknowledge the service of those veterans around you. It can be a verbal or written thanks, a meal paid for without them knowing, a donation of time, goods, or money to a charity that supports current service members, veterans, and/or first responders, or just a prayer for their wellbeing and comfort.
Not sure where to start? One of my favorite nonprofits that support those who currently serve is Operation Gratitude at www.operationgratitude.org. I have been making paracord bracelets on my own and with students for years now, and I am always touched by the emails of thanks we receive by the men and women who serve when they receive their handmade bracelets and notes.
You can also reach out to a local veterans’ nonprofit in your area. The Veterans of Foreign Wars at www.vfw.org is a great place to start. Don’t ever think your giving of goods or donation of time is too small. It only takes a little to show you care a lot.
If you have other ways that you know of to show support, honor, or care for those who currently serve, veterans, and/or first responders, please drop a comment and share below. I would love for our reach of love, support, and gratitude to grow even further!
With many thanks and gratitude to all of those veterans who have served, especially my husband Brian, and those still serving,
Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a VIVIAN® and Golden Heart® Finalist as well as a Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery.
Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.
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