When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless

Nina Gilberti: When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless

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WHEN JANE & JOHNNY COME MARCHING HOMELESS

This weekend, I am proud and honored to be one of 50 indie authors participating in Tour de Troops, a charity blog hop sponsored by the Indie Book Collective. You’ve come from the blog of my lovely writer-friend, superstar Amber Scott. From here, please visit SCBWI award-winning author Anne Tibbets, for another free eBook.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Winston Churchill

As a writer, I enjoy the freedom to write whatever I choose, to criticize as I see fit, without ever worrying about persecution – or prosecution. To assure my freedom, many courageous men and women have given their hearts, their souls, and their lives. This weekend, we give thanks to all those who’ve served in our armed forces.

In their honor, I introduce my beautiful and talented childhood friend Nina Gilberti.

Nina is an Emmy-winning film editor, currently working full-time for the hit CBS television series Criminal Minds, and also an indie filmmaker. Today she’ll talk about her upcoming documentary, When Jane and Johnny Coming Marching Homeless, about the horrors faced by some veterans upon their return home after war.

Jam On Toast Productions Presents…

When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless

a film about the emotional & psychological wounds of war

Produced & Directed by
Nina M. Gilberti

 

Terri, thank you, once again, for inviting me to participate in this amazing event, Blog Tour de Troops, especially on this day, the day we honor all those who answered the call to serve this country, Veterans Day.

As you know, on Criminal Minds we start and end most episodes with a quote. I’d like to start by sharing a favorite one that sums up my feelings about veterans.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

People often ask how was I drawn to this subject. The Vietnam War became part of my childhood, in the 60s and early 70s, as my family and I watched it unfold on the Nightly News. The juxtaposition of popular culture in television shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters, The Addam’s Family, That Girl, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, to name a few, and the real life drama and turmoil on the news – the war, civil rights, the assassinations of our leaders, women’s rights, the protest movement, the hippie generation, and of course, the music – had a profound influence on me. A consciousness emerged and I embraced the social responsibility that all Americans should have to give back to those who’ve sacrificed so much for all of us so we can enjoy the freedom we take for granted.

In the mid-90s, while doing research for a screenplay I was writing about a homeless Vietnam veteran, I read a statistic on the VA website stating that one-third of the people living on the streets were veterans who’d served in the Vietnam War.

Dog tagsI was shocked, saddened, confused, and angry.

In addition to physical homelessness – whether couch surfing, living in a car or existing on the street – many vets also face emotional, psychological, and spiritual homelessness. While they may seem fine on the outside, within they struggle with the hidden wounds of war – issues like Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD), nightmares, hyper-vigilance, meaning they are on high alert all the time, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), drug & alcohol abuse and addiction, prescription drug addiction – resulting in high divorce rates, joblessness, spousal abuse, and suicide. Naturally, these life-altering problems also affect the spouse, children, and parents of veterans.

 

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

Douglas MacArthur

In November 2007, the WGA writers went on strike in Hollywood. As I am now, I was a film editor on the popular television crime drama series, Criminal Minds. Thanks to the strike, I suddenly found myself with time on my hands. I went into debt and bought all the equipment I needed to create this documentary, and shipped it back to my hometown, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. That winter, I began filming.

Trust is the most important thing for me to build with the folks who agree to talk on camera. Before filming, I speak to eachperson, at some length, usually by phone. My goal is to bring their message to a wider audience in order to raise awareness and affect change, thereby bringing compassion, understanding and hope to our veterans and their families. By the end of the conversation, I think they’re confident that I am their devoted advocate.

When shooting, I use a very small film crew, usually just two people: me, the director, and one other person. In addition to directing, I operate the camera. When filming outdoors, the other person helps with the sound as boom operator (holding the boom microphone). When it’s an indoor shoot, this person helps by setting up the lighting equipment. I always keep the shoots intimate because it is less intimating for the person being interviewed. It’s hard enough for vets and their families to share their story on camera, so the fewer people around the better.

 

The voices of the veterans and their families must be heard

Typically in documentaries, interviews are filmed with the interviewee looking off to the right or left of the camera, talking to a person the audience can’t see. Before I begin filming, I ask the interviewees to look directly into the camera lens as they talk to me, the person behind the camera asking questions. I instruct each person to speak directly to the audience – the American people – eye to eye, so to speak. It’s vital, I feel, for these veterans and families to have an opportunity for their voices to finally be heard by the very people who were benefitting from their sacrifice.

Giving veterans and their families an opportunity to express their voice on camera is not only incredibly moving to witness, but is deeply empowering to the individual being interviewed.For the first time, being heard and having a witness – the camera – to document it, they feel validated. These interviews of raw candor and emotion result in a connection to the human journey and the broken spirit we all experience at one time or another. People I’ve interviewed have expressed great appreciation afterward; they tell me they experienced a catharsis, which is at least a start toward healing.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home sung by The Reminders (click to turn music on)

Copyright © 2011 Jam On Toast Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

We all have a responsibility to help those who served our country so that we can enjoy the freedom many of us take for granted.

There is tremendous power in documentary film in that it has the ability to change a collective viewpoint. The visceral emotion we feel as we watch and become affected by a film can have a profound effect within the very cells of our body and, on many levels, can motivate us to create an entire movement toward healing.

In her book Trauma and Recovery, psychiatrist Judith Herman writes, ‘the interpretation of what seems to be a cathartic experience for the participant can also be seen as a means to initiate a collective working through trauma within the audience.’ Since we have gone through the act of listening, we too can function as a witness.

And if we bear witness together, we can heal together.

With Jane & Johnny my purpose is to do just that – to wake up a nation from its apathy and to move people to take some form of responsibility to help those who have sacrificed so much for all of us.

To date, I’ve shot over 160 hours of film with veterans and family members located in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Massachusetts. I have about 25 more film shoots to go in various locations around the country. In December 2011, I am taking a leave of absence from my day job on Criminal Minds in order to continue and, hopefully, complete the filming stage for this documentary,

The wounds of war are not all on the outside

Today, many soldiers are returning home only to find themselves ‘lost in America – out of uniform, and out of sight,’ to borrow a phrase from my good friend, Shad Meshad, who appears in this film. A Vietnam veteran, Seth is the founder of the National Veterans Foundation in Los Angeles. The OIF/OEF Veterans are finding themselves invisible in a nation struggling in this recession.

We Americans need to wake up and step up. It is our responsibility to do something positive, to create a real difference in the lives of those who gave us so much.

Not to him who is offensive to us are we most unfair, but to him who doth not concern us at all.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

It’s Time to Give Back

We are all responsible for helping those who have fought the wars, no matter how we feel about war. Those warriors are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. They are a part of each of us we are one. When one of us dies in the name of Freedom, so we can all live Free, we ALL need to give pause and honor them. When one of those warriors returns home changed forever, physically, emotionally or psychologically, it is our duty, our responsibility as Americans, to come to their aide with compassion, understanding, and hope for a better life.

It is my hope, through making this film, to inspire a nation to care, to generate real compassion, and perhaps create a movement towards profound healing and understanding.

I am grateful to all those who have answered the call, I salute you, and thank you, not only today, on Veteran’s Day, but every day.

Here’s How You Can Help

In just a few months, all soldiers currently serving in Iraq are scheduled to return to the U.S. By raising awareness of their challenges,When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless can help us find a way to ease the struggles faced by the brave men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom.

Joe Mantegna, actor- star of the CBS crime drama, Criminal Minds, and advocate for Veterans, endorses Nina Gilberti’s upcoming documentary, When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless.

Joe’s comments…

Joe Mantegna from Nina Gilberti on Vimeo.

To date, Nina has spent $200, 000 of her own money to make this important film, exhausting her resources. To finish filming and production, she needs our help.

To give a tax-deductible donation, visit the film’s nonprofit funding sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary. Any donation – even $5 – will help! Thank you so very much!

To learn more, please visit the film’s website. Or go to Facebook and like the film’s page. You can also find Nina on Twitter via @NinaGilberti.

A MILLION THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

Nina and I offer our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their generosity and support:

Indie Book CollectiveCriminal Minds, Emlyn Chand, Kimberly Kinrade, Rob Guthrie, Sean Keefer, Becky Illson-Skinner, Molly Greene, Tess Hardwick, Kimberly Kinrade, Dmytry Karpov, Lane Diamond, Patti Larsen, L.M. Stull, Tee G Ayer, Kait Culbertson, Laura Elliott, Dan Conklin, Joli Huynh, Shah Wharton, and Danielle Spakes.

To learn more about our amazing sponsors, please visit our sponsor page.


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"Censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."
Henry Steele Commager

Terri Giuliano Long

Terri Giuliano Long, a frequent guest blogger, with appearances on hundreds of blogs, is a contributing writer for IndieReader and Her Circle eZine. She lives with her family on the East Coast Her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, winner of the Global eBook Award, Popular Fiction, and Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide.

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I'd love to hear your thoughts!

  1. joannie sparks

    Hi thank you for this, it is for a great cause. I am a War Orphan from the vietnam era which took years to find out what happen to my father and to this day him and his group of men never heard from again. It took seven years to declare them legally dead. It was terible growing up i had seven brother and sisters and my mother never remarried or dated. Anything we can do to show our support today for our troops will be just wonderful compared to the way support was given to my mother back then. Thank you for all you do for every man and women that make up our troops today. Joannie

    • I'm so sorry, Joannie. What a tragic loss for you and your family – and for all of us. Our treatment of Vietnam vets was – and in many ways still is – unconscionable.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing your story.

  2. Rachel

    I just want to say thank you for your service to all the men and women who are currently or have serviced in the past. We appreciate it. I already have "In Leah's Wake" and I am about 1/3 of the way through it so if you could send my copy to another soldier that would be fine.

    pefrw(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Berit

    Just want to say I think this idea of the tour is great!

    I, too, already have In Leah's Wake (although I haven't had time to read it yet :) )

    So feel free to give my copy to another soldier, as well – great idea by the previous poster!

  4. Theresa

    I already have in Leah's Wake, but just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your generosity and support for our troops!

  5. Krissie

    This idea to give the soldiers a copy is awesome! More power to you all.

  6. Stephanie O.

    Leaving my comment so the Troops can get books!! I already have this title.

    Thanks for being part of this wonderful tour.

    Stephanie O.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Stephanie!! I appreciate your support more than I can adequately tell you. I hope you enjoy the book. :)

  7. Morning Terry, just stopping by in support. I already have a copy of the book so if you would send my copy to a soldier as well :) let's get these boys as many books as we can!

    • Thank you so very much, Miranda! I appreciate you stopping by. Your kindness and support mean a lot to me! I hope you enjoy the book. :)

  8. I am always so inspired by your generosity and desire to give back, Terri. A lot of people forget others when they make it big, but you seem to remember them more!

    It's an honor to sponsor you today. Please donate two copies to the troops on my behalf :-D

    • Thank you so very much, Em! The honor is entirely mine. You are so amazing! I appreciate all you've done and all you do for me more than words can adequately express!

  9. Marsha S.

    Hi! I just wanted to stop by and say "Bless you" for thinking of our troops. I was the winner of a hard copy of your book so if you could give my copy to a soldier too, I would love it.

    I'm still eating on the chocolates BTW and LOVE your book!

    Thank you so much!
    Marsha S.
    ladymargaretrose@yahoo.com

    • Thank you so very much, Marsha!! I'm thrilled that you're enjoying the chocolates – and my book. :) That means a lot to me!!

      I'm proud and honored to support Jane & Johnny and tremendously grateful for the opportunity to support our troops.

      Thank you so much for your help!!

  10. I feel really quite humbled by what I've just read. Living in a small corner of south western Europe, I very rarely see any of what you have described, except for on television. And if I am honest, I usually cannot bear to watch it. I well up inside and my heart aches so much to hear about so many unnecessary deaths and injuries. In future, I will take more notice of what is going on with our troops (I am British… but they are all in the same boat).
    Thank you for such a moving post.
    Best wishes
    Suzy Turner
    suzy.turner[at]hotmail.com

    • Thank you so much for visiting, Suzy! I agree – the challenges faced by these men and women, and our blindness toward it, really is tragic. Nina's film, Jane & Johnny, brings this home in such a powerful way. We are grateful for your support!

  11. Leslie

    I am in awe of what you and your fellow Indie authors are doing.

    PS- Criminal Minds is my favorite show!

    • Thank you so very much, Leslie! We couldn't do it without you!!

      Criminal Minds is my favorite show too. :) We really appreciate your kindness and support!

  12. Thank you so much Terri for being part of this and introducing us to Nina and her cause. My father is a veteran of the Vietnam War and is one of the fortunate ones who came home to family and a job.

    I also ready have a copy of "In Leah's Wake" so please donate the copy you would have provided to me to a soldier.

    Thank you so much!!!

    Saph
    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

    • Hi Saph!

      Thank you for comment. I appreciate the support for the documentary. Stay connected on FB or Twitter- links in the article. Will be updating about the film throughout the process.

      Nina

  13. THANK YOU to our military and veterans. Some gave all! And now this project is giving back a little too.. AWESOME!

  14. I also have In Leah's Wake, so please pass my copy on to another soldier. It is a wonderfully inspiring book.
    Thank you for your support of our troops.

  15. Kelli

    This is such a wonderful cause.

    I already have a copy of In Leah's Wake.

    Thank you for so much :)

  16. kay kratochwill

    Thank you for participating in this very worthwhile event. Our son, Gregory Kratochwill, is currently serving his second tour in Afghanistan. Please enter his name in your drawing.

  17. Hello, and thank you for doing this wonderful giveaway! I'm sorry I didn't hear about it sooner, or I would have participated…

  18. Amanda Jean

    Commenting so a soldier can get a book! What an awesome idea. :)

  19. Pam Lash

    Kudos to you for supporting our troops in this event. This is definitely a must see video and a privilege to participate. As an aside – I love Criminal Minds!

  20. Rachel Wong

    Giving a soldier a book is an awesome idea! I LOVE IT!
    I support our troops and hope that ALL OF THEM will cme home safely. <3

    May God protect our soldiers and bring them home safely.

    ~Rachel

    PS.
    I think it's pretty awesome that Criminal Minds is doing this giveaway. Criminal Mvainds is the bet show in the whole wide universe! <3

    • Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for participating. We appreciate it.

      I actually work on the show as a film editor. Thanks for watching!

      Nina

  21. What an moving and heartfelt blog post. Thank you for participating in the Blog Tour.

    I've already bought a copy of In Leah's Wake (my wife loved it!), so please send a free ebook to the troops for me.

    God Bless!
    Brian Jeffreys

  22. Joan O

    Thank you for supporting our troops. This is a great project.

  23. thanks for the giveaway! btw, i used the same winston churchill quote on my blog post. lol! it's a good one.

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  25. The statistics on how many of the homeless are vets is mind blowing.

    acm05atjuno.com

  26. winnie

    Thank you for supporting the troops! This tour is a wonderful idea! I already have In Leah's Wake, so feel free to give my copy to the troops.

  27. books4me

    I don't personally know a soldier but I am thankful for all they do. I always thank anyone I see as I am very grateful!

    Home of the Free
    Because of the Brave

    books4m67 at ymail dot com

    • Thank you so much for your support! Gratitude is one of the most important qualities we can possess. So wonderful that you feel this way!

  28. Sarah

    What a fantastic idea. I'm a teacher & I will be sharing this with my students. Thank you for all you do.

  29. Angi Gray

    Teri – I already have a copy of your book from the Memorial Day blog tour. It is a great book and so worth the read! Please send on a copy to a soldier.

    Also, thank you for featuring this film. It is heartbreaking to consider that this still happens in this country!

    • Thank you so very much, Angi! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book! That means a lot to me! I could not agree more- so heartbreaking that men and women who have given so much continue to suffer. Thank you for stopping by and giving your support!

  30. Debbye

    This is so excellent what with the whole video and all. My grandfather was in the Vietnam war and was all right, but my Uncle is a Vietnam vet. He was the first USMC PoW captured and not released until years later so I know the trauma firsthand. THANK YOU NINA and everyone involved.

  31. I already have a copy of In Leah's Wake, so please give me copy to another soldier.

    This site is awesome.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words about the site, Marlene! I hope you enjoy the book. I really appreciate you stopping by and giving your support!

  32. Christina Sipes

    I showed my dad, a Veteran, the project, and he can't wait for the full documentary to come out. Neither can I.

  33. It's great to see all the authors generosity when it comes to events like this. Thankfully my family is all home right now, but I would love for another service member to get a copy of your book.

    Thanks for all you do,
    Scott

  34. Christy Gibbon

    Thank you for participating in this tour and bringing a little happiness to a soldier who is away from home. I already have a copy of your book so please donate mine to this great cause.

  35. This is so amazing! Thank u for participating in this :D
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

  36. Johanna Young

    I will admit I had not heard of this title until now, thanks to Joe from Criminal Minds. But now very interested. My father was in Vietnam, though he was one of the "lucky ones". He was, in many ways. He never ended up homeless or any of the other heartaches that many came home to. But he DID suffer medically,and mentally, in ways we are only finding out now, years later.

    I also have so many people I consider brothers and sisters that have been or are in the military. I've been on the phone with a sobbing soldier who narrowly escaped being killed hours before, and wishing with everything I had that I could be there to hug them. But my voice was all I had.

    Thank you for the work you are doing, and trying to get this out for people to see, and hopefully to understand.

    centarias@yahoo.com
    Soldier: Jeremy Fraser (US Air Force)

    • Thank you so much for your help and support, Johanna! The men and women in our armed forces have given so much. I can only imagine your heartache. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story – and for your interest in this powerful film.

  37. Wow! What a great thing she is doing and you for having her here. Just stopping by to say Hi! and get a soldier a free eBook. Thanks!

  38. Na S.

    I also think that war wounds are not on the outside. Those are the inside may even be more painful. When you keep things to yourself, it can fester and eat away. I'm thankful for these brave men and women, military from all over the world who give us the freedom we have.

  39. Andrea

    Thanks to those who have served and thank you for giving some great books to them.

  40. Hi Sweetie I can by to show my support for what you are doing for our troops.
    I love my copy of Leah's Wake :)

    Bhitwr at gmail dot com

  41. A very worthy cause. My nephew, Christopher Mitchell, is serving in the US Army in Iraq. My heart goes out to all the veterans and those serving.
    My email is lapidaryprose (at) gmail (dot) com.

  42. Thank you for this post. Our country owes its veterans and their families so much more than just a mere salute now and then. I tutored veterans in college, and was shocked, humbled, and saddened by their experiences. Most are scarred for life by their experiences in combat. I hope that one of these days our government will learn that we should only risk lives when our country is truly threatened, not when our government only wants to score points or protect corporate interests.

  43. Anita S.

    Wow, this is a very touching project. I'm so glad that you guys are helping bring awareness to our heroes and their struggles.
    Thanks to JM for Tweeting it, and to NG for being inspired to make the documentary.
    I hope that, one day, war will be only found in history books. Until then, we shall not forget the sacrifices made by those brave souls.

  44. Hi Joannie,

    Very sorry to hear this story. So many families have suffered greatly from the horrors of war. My thoughts go out to you and yours.

    Nina

  45. Brava for advertising such a worthy cause, and a movie well worth supporting. My heart goes out to the veterans in need; as a country, we should support all our veterans and all who are currently serving.

    My nephew, Christopher Mitchell, is in the US Army in Iraq.

    My email is lapidaryprose (at) gmail (dot) com

  46. Shelby Won

    Wonderful blog! Good luck in continuing with your project. I think it's wonderful that you'll be sending the book to those serving for our country.

    Thanks!

  47. Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate the support for the film, and most of all to support those who have sacrificed so much for all of us.

    Freedom is NOT free, and a few people who have answered the call to serve have paid a very high price, along with their families.

    THANK YOU TO ALL THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU TO ALL THE VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED.

  48. Hi Terri. Wow…you know, I grew up in Santa Cruz, Ca, where many homeless in the 70s were Vietnam Vets. I can remember the cruelty. It was terrible and shameful. Even as a teen, I knew something was terribly wrong, but didn't learn the terminology until I was in psychology. What a great interview and much needed research to destigmatize this population! Brava!
    Oh, I LOVE in Leah's Wake, but, as you know, I already have it and gave it rave reviews! Now, back to the tour!

  49. I work with homeless vets on a daily basis, so I know the size and scope of this population. Thankfully, we have a great set of resources available to assist in whatever way is needed at our agency.

  50. heartNsole

    Thank you so much for all you are and have been doing for our troops! God Bless them! I come from a line of soldiers in every branch. And a special shout out to my father in law who is a Vietnam vet and has a purple heart!

    nook_heartnsole at yahoo dot com

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  53. Georgeanna

    Thank you for being part of this wonderful effort. May God bless you and keep you and yours safe.

  54. Thanks for being a part of this great event and for offering such great prizes!

  55. Diana

    I have your books but I would like to leave a comment. This tour is very beautiful idea!

  56. latisha depoortere

    Thank you very much what a great blog tour and so many great Authors! My dad was in the Navy for 30 years this is so kind what you are doing great cause!
    Thanks again :)
    tishajean@ charter.net

  57. I want to say this is a very moving and heart felt post and I thank you for sharing.

    I have this book but would like to comment to send to a troop member.

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

  58. Bonita Nelson

    Thank you so much for doing this. I know it means a lot to those serving. For all my family, friends & students serving…Thanks again!

  59. Melissa

    Thank you to all our troops!!

    Thanks to all who are participating in this awesome Blog Tour!

    I can't wait to read Leah's Wake :)

  60. Terri,

    Thanks for such a poignant post. And thank you for shedding light on all that Nina is trying to do. So many folks out there are concerned with our soldiers fighting for us every day, but those who come home are often forgotten. We need to remember that they need our help too!

    Janelle
    phirefly@comcast.net

  61. I unfortunately don't know any of the brave men and women sacrificing their time and lives for us to get them a book, but I'd like to give one of them an enjoyable way to pass the time by commenting here.

  62. Hello! I am a fellow tour de troops author. i am so glad to be a part of this today. Feel free to come and check my page as well so we give even more books to the troops at the end of the weekend

  63. John Thomas

    Thanks for supporting the troops. Please send my copy to the troops as well. Thanks again.

  64. I'm another stop on the Tour de Troops (tomorrow), but I was making the rounds today and I have to say that I'm very impressed by this post, and good luck to Nina on her upcoming documentary! It sounds like an amazing (but heartbreaking) undertaking–best of luck.

    I would love to enter Jayme Wooster (US Army) in the troops drawing. If I could enter two, I'd be entering J. David Hjelseth (US Navy). Both were amazing friends to me during my college years who are currently serving their country in two different theaters.

    Wonderful post!

    Erin M. Klitzke
    athensmcleod@hotmail.com

  65. Hi Terri,

    I already have a copy of in Leah's Wake but wanted to stop by to make sure a soldier gets an eBook. Also, I wanted to enter our family soldier SPC Zach Schaneberger in the drawing for the prize. Zach is currently serving in Iraq but is expected home in time for Christmas (Yippee!).

    Thanks for being a part of this.

  66. Thank you so much, Saph! It's always wonderful to see you!

    I'm proud and honored to be able to share information about this powerful film. Very much appreciate your visit!

  67. Maggie

    I already have a copy of In Leah’s Wake. Thank you for supporting our troops.

  68. Thank you so very much for your kindness and support, Brian! I'm thrilled that your wife enjoyed In Leah's Wake. Thank you so much for telling me!

    It's an honor to be able to participate in this wonderful event and also to be able to share info about Nina's powerful film. We're grateful for your help!

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    • Thank you so very much, Heather! Nina's amazing and Jane & Johnny is a powerful film. I'm proud and honored to have this opportunity to showcase the film and support our troops.

  70. Thank you so much for your support! This really is such a wonderful group and community effort!

    Thinking of all our troops and their families!

  71. Terri, Terri, Terri:

    First, I have to tell you that I cheated and jumped on your site last night when I saw that you posted this amazing tribute to our Veterans and military service personnel. My first reaction was "whoa". My second reaction was to go back to my site and try harder. The people we are trying to honor deserve that and they deserve this. Thank you for what you do for everyone, veterans and wayward newbie writers.

    Warmest regards,

    D. M. Kenyon
    author at lotus blossom book dot com

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  73. Allyson Meyer

    Hi! I already have In Leah's Wake but wanted to comment to send a copy to a soldier. :) Thanks much!

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  75. Thank you so very much for your support, Candy! I hope you enjoy the book. I really appreciate you stopping by. We are grateful for your help!

  76. Hi Terri

    What a wonderful post and I love how many different things you have highlighted in it. It's fantastic to know that wherever we are in the world, on 11/11 we're all united by a common theme: remembrance!

    Donna

  77. Densie Z

    We all have so much to thank our troops for. Thank you for participating in this wonderful event and helping to raise awareness that for some reason we so often do not want to face. Now if I can stop crying and being emotional long enough from your incredible post today, I would like to say that I have your lovely book and would love my comment copy to go to the troops as well.

    dz59001{at]gmail[dot]com

  78. Sandi

    I loved your post and appreciate all you are doing for our troops!

    Thanks for all you are doing to support our troops!

  79. Ginger

    I also thank you for your post. I hope somewhere in your research you have run into the book "On Killing" by Dave Gossman. That was an eye opening read about the psychological impact of military service. I admire those willing to enter military service in our defense. I am trouble that service and training damages soldiers. I do not see a simple solution but working to admit that the problem exist is the first step to addressing it. Thank you for your work.

  80. ryan mills

    As a soldier i want to thank you for your support. it is my honor to serve. ryan.mills68(at)gmail(dot)com

  81. Amanda Wimer

    What a great post today! I sincerely hope that the film gets all of the help that it needs to be finished. Just watching the slide show was enough to bring tears to my eyes!

    I already have In Leah's Wake so please send my copy to another member of our troops!! Besides they deserve it more than me!

    Thanks for all that you are doing!
    iarvd@yahoo.com

  82. Andrea

    Thank you for supporting out troops this way (and I have to say that I'm going to enjoy it too). My father, husband and brother-in-law have all served or are currently serving. I hope by posting here they will enjoy their copy like I hope to enjoy mine.
    Thanks again,
    Andrea

  83. SusanB

    Thank you for the support of our troops. Heartfelt thanks to our troops.

  84. Wow. What a great way to give back! As a fellow touring author I salute your amazing post today as well as the men and women who serve this country so bravely.

    dianne(at)diannevenetta(dot)com

  85. I completely agree, Anita! This is an impotent film. I too admire Nina for her passion and compassion. Thank very much for stopping by!

  86. Thank you so very much, Elizabeth! I am with you a hundred percent. We need to support the courageous men and women who are giving and have given so much for all of us. I wish your nephew Godspeed.

  87. Thank you so much for your support, Elizabeth! I could not agree more. We must step up and give our full support to all the courageous men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. Wishing your nephew a safe return!

  88. I really appreciate your kind words,Shelby! So glad you like the blog! It's an honor to participate in this wonderful event. Thank very much fir your support!

  89. Amelia

    WHat a wonderful way to show support to those serving or have served. Happy Veteran's Day.

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  91. Thank you so much for stopping by, Susan! What a wonderful day for me when I met you! Living in southern California this year we have seen many homeless vets – yes, a shameful way to treat those who have given so much. I will be by your blog this weekend!

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  93. Thank you so much for your support, Nancy, and for all you do every day to serve the men and women who have served our country and given so much to all of us!

  94. It's an honor to be able to participate in this amazing event. Many thanks to your grandfather for his sacrifice and service. And many thanks to you for your support!

  95. Thank you so very much for supporting us and our efforts, Latisha! And many thanks to your dad for dedication and service to our country! We are grateful!

  96. Oh, Heather, thank you so very much! I am so grateful for your kindness and support. I hope you enjoy In Leah's Wake! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  97. It truly is an honor, Bonita. I'm grateful for the opportunity to participate and be able to share information about Nina's important film. Thank you for stopping by!

  98. You're so sweet, Melissa! Thank you so much for your interest in In Leah's Wake! I hope you enjoy the book. And thank you so very much for stopping by to give your support!

  99. I could not agree more, Janelle. We must step up and give our full support to all who serve and have served our country. And we must not forget those men and women who have given so much. Thank you for stopping by to give your support!

    • You're welcome. Any time.
      Oh, and evanbartholomewATgmailDOTcom in-case you needed that information. (sorry, I'm new to this sort of thing :(…)

  100. SarahM

    What an awesome way to support our troops! Thanks :-)

  101. Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll be making rounds through the weekend. Lost my Internet connection for half a day today so got behind.:-)

  102. Thank you so very much, Erin! I'm grateful for your kindness and support! We will most certainly enter both in our drawing. I wish them a safe return.

    I will be making rounds this weekend, so will see you then. Thank you again for stopping by!

  103. Terri, I have already purchased "In Leah's Wake" but I hope you will still give a free copy to our troops with this blog comment. I appreciate what you are doing on this Veteran's Day.

    Cheers,

    Ardee-ann

  104. I came over here to leave a comment hoping that I could win something for Echo Troop 2/2 ACR (Army) but was just informed that their unit was deactivated.

    They have been reactivated as an opposition force (OP) at the NTC (National Training Center located in California)

    If they win, send them our best, from Blue 1 Gulf, (aka Blue 1 Jr.), and his wife. Toujours Pret!

    Also, please donate any winnings I may win to a sergeant with a wife and small children within that unit. Heaven knows they can use it. :D

    hovermale (at) insightbb (dot) com

  105. This is a wonderful thing you (and others are doing). If by some chance I win a prize, please just add it to the gifts you are giving our troops. Following my blog, which is a newborn, would be the nicest gift for me.

  106. Maghon Thomas

    I would just like to say thank you!!! And please give my free ebook to a soldier!! :)

  107. What a beautiful thing you are doing!!! And I totally agree with it! After what these men & women have experienced, to have to come home and being treated so disrespectfully . . . it's a tragedy.

    Unfortunately, I do not know any service men or women personally, but if I were to win, I would like for you to choose a service man or women at random (if that is possible).

  108. Sophia Rose

    Thank you for participating in this special hop and giveaway. I am moved by all these authors' generosity.

    This film is a very worthy project.

    Thanks for your heartwarming post.

  109. Thank you to the men and women who serve our country every day. We support you and your families.

  110. Sunny Nestler

    Thank you so much for what you're doing. I was USAR and very honored to have contributed even in my small way. What bothers me the most… I love how open and welcoming people are with our new veterans, but I still feel sick that it appears as though our Vietnam veterans are still being ignored. The welcome our current troops get, the love, the understanding, is all wonderful and that's just how it should be. But I'm not seeing any of that for our Vietnam vets.

    • Hi Sunny,

      Yes, it's true that the Vietnam Veterans did not receive the same welcome when they returned home. Many were spat upon, called, "Baby Killers", and were told not to where their uniforms when they left the base upon returning home. It's a travesty.

      Not only did they face the horrors of war, but came home to a nation who hated them, to put it bluntly. The draft was in place then, most had no choice. They served their country and their country turned their backs on them.

      Time for healing. Time to THANK each and every one of them.

      Nina

  111. Traci

    I'd like to enter my brother Doug in the drawing. I'm thankful to him and all our servicemembers out there protecting our freedoms.

  112. Is a wonderful thing you are doing.
    Im Mexican,but i always follow the news about the troops and all the things they do for their country.

    so i´m stopping by to give my support and thank the troop., we are all brothers on the eyes of God, God blessed them and their families.

    Give my copy to a soldier pls

  113. I have a copy of In Leah's Wake already, but just wanted to stop by and leave a comment so someone else gets a chance to read your book too.

  114. Rebecca Foster

    Your documentary sounds fascinating. I, too, am deeply disheartened by the hardships our veterans have to face. Good luck with your endeavor. It is an honorable one, to say the least.

  115. Janey

    That excerpt is quite moving. I hope to see more when it is finished.

  116. Tammi Hagberg

    My son- in- law Jeff was stationed in Bagdad, and I remember going to the post office and waiting in line about every other day. He said getting packages was better than gold.
    We took pictures every day of his new baby daughter Jade and sent them to him along with just little things. You didn't have to spend a lot they appreciated anything and everything they could get. Because he said normal things were so hard to come by.
    I know how much your books will be appreciated, God Bless You and everyone else involved in this blog!!!
    Jeff was stationed in Camp Victory in Bagdad.
    My vet Kate Williams is in the army reserves and was sent to Afghanistan. She is with the Nebraska National Guard, Agriculture Development Team #2, she will be there until the end of December. I have her e- mail if needed. She would love to hear from you and receive a book!

  117. Nina, I would like to thank you for all that you are doing!! We have a local in my town that wanders the streets day in and day out. He isn't homeless or poor but he has refused to be apart of this country and pay taxes after his brush with war. It has forever altered him. This was a wonderful post! Thank you both for shedding light on our guys that are home and what happens to them once they are back from war!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Nikki. Yes, war changes people forever. Some return home and lock it away for decades like those who served in WWII… some have recently started talking about their PTSD.

      Vietnam Vets were treated poorly when they returned home, so not only did that war change them, but the reactions of many Americans towards compounded their issues- making them even worse.

      I'll put your email on my mailing list and will send you updates on the film.

      Nina

  118. chingz

    Hope my comment would help them too!
    For the soldiers, thank you for being part this tour :)

  119. Desiree

    I think what you're doing is amazing. My best friend David just went overseas, and he's an avid reader like myself.

  120. hi Terri! that was a very moving post and i salute Nina and her efforts. thanks to you as well for being part of this worthy cause. i already have a copy of your excellent book and i just wanted to leave a comment so that a member of the troops would get a copy as well. c",)

  121. hello again Terri! i don't know what happened but my name didn't appear in the comment but someone else's. Geeta Schrayer is an author and i'll be reading and reviewing her book soon. sorry. c",)

  122. Enna P.

    This is amazing what you guys are doing for the troops! They deserve it!

    ennapenglin(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net

  123. Nissie

    Thank you all so very much for doing this. It's an amazing thing and it helps restore my faith in humanity. Happy Weekend to all! :)

  124. Brittany Carrigan

    Thank you so much for being a part of this!!

    brittanyrose40 AT yahoo DOT com

  125. Jacqui R

    What a great thing you are doing. I'd love to read your book I have seen good reviews about it.

    ticklebear2 at yahoo dot com

  126. Vanessa rivera

    My father was born in veterens day and I lost him 13 years ago so this day has always held twice the meaning for me. I want to thank the troops for their dedication and also tell my father I love him and miss him dearly.

  127. Thank you so much, both of you. My father was a Vietnam veteran who, by everyone's assertion was a driven go-getter. But when he came back from his time overseas, he was a different man, broken in a way that was never quite the same. I never knew the prior him, but he was my hero, and still remains so though he passed away in '89, from Agent Orange related cancer.

    Thank you for doing this!

    dinozzogibbs @ gmail dot com

  128. Thank you so much for your support, Tracy! How wonderful that Zach will be home this Christmas! A million thanks to him and wishing him a safe journey home!

  129. You are so kind, Dave! It's an honor to be able to participate, to showcase Nina's important film, and to work with all of you. I'll be making the rounds this weekend.

    I share your sentiment–our troops, present and past, deserve our gratitude and support.

    Thank you so much for stopping by!

  130. Susan,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Yes, those Vietnam Vets who returned home took about 5 years or so to start living on the streets throughout America. We, as a nation, let them down in a big way.

    Glad to see we are now honoring our soldiers when they return home, however- the nation grows apathetic to their needs and their issues AFTER they're back in society- that's the problem.

    Thank you for your support.

    Nina

  131. Patti P

    What a wonderful way to support our troops. Thank you.
    musicalfrog at comcast.net

    I want to especially thank my friends daughter Amy Mayer for being one of those fantastic troops!!!!

  132. Molly Greene

    Nina, thank you so much for your efforts on behlf of US veterans, and thanks to Terri for supporting such a wonderful cause!

  133. Bernadette Andrade

    Thank you so much for the dedication to our Veterans. Being a Vet myself and having a son that served a year in Afghanistan I have seen the challenges they face when they come home to return to a normal life. Having someone out there that truly supports our troops means alot!

  134. Karla Schwartz

    So many family and friends give up their normal lives so I can live mine. So proud of you for doing this movie. Please send my copy to someone who is serving.

  135. Paula Coughlin

    I think this is a wonderful idea. Glad I can help out. We owe these people so much.

  136. Ruby M

    I'd like to enter a close family friend of mine, Jason Walters, for the care package. He is currently surving in the Air Force and has been for over 15 years now.
    Thanks for supporting our troops!

  137. Karen

    I used to send care packages via 'Books for Soldiers', and this is an awesome way to continue that effort!

  138. Mackenzi

    I'm so thankful for everyone that is on board with this project. It's great to see so many people supporting our troops.

    Instead of giving me a free copy, please send it to a soldier. They need it far more than I do. If I happen to win the drawing, would you be so kind as to auction it off and use the money to support the documentary or to buy a Kindle/e-books for our troops?

  139. Thank you so very much for your kindness, Betty. It's an honor to be able to do some small thing to show support for the courageous men and women – and their families – who are doing and have done so much for us. I wish you and your husband well – and a safe journey home for Jon. Thank you again!

  140. Marilee

    Hey! Thank you so much for all you and Nina are doing! I have always respected veterans since Mom used to tell us stories of what Dad was like BEFORE he went away to war. Then his sisters would tell us how much fun he was… my father was a very mean, scary alcoholic after he came home from WWII with one leg shorter than the other! He would be so sweet one second and we would all want to hear his stories then he would look like a window shade was pulled over his face, and he would become a different person! Now the rest of the world can know what we grew up knowing, that these men went through hell and lived to not tell about it! I pray that it helps many families these days to open up and not suffer like we had to! GOD bless you all!!

    My soldier's name is Zachary Cunningham, last I heard he was stationed in Afghanistan about a month ago! He is my nephew… but my other nephew Michael Nutt is stationed stateside… Thank You for you kindness!

  141. Thank you so much for your kind words, Donna! I absolutely agree – there is tremendous power in community. It's wonderful to see people coming together for this great cause. I really appreciate your support!

  142. Thank you so very much, Densie!! I really appreciate your kindness and support!!

    The credit for this post goes entirely to Nina. She's making such a powerful, moving film – I felt exactly as you did when I read it and watched the slides. :)

    Thank you so much for stopping by to support the troops!

  143. Thank you so much for stopping by to give your support, Ginger! I agree – admitting the problem is the first stop in addressing it. Let's hope that Nina's wonderful film opens many eyes!

  144. Thank you so very, very much, Ryan. I cannot begin to tell you how very grateful I am – we all are – for all you do and have done for us. I am humbled and awed. Thank you for stopping by!

  145. Thank you so very much, Amanda! I'm very grateful for your kindness and support. I hope you enjoy the book.

    I felt the same way when I watched the slide show. This is such an important film! Thank you so much for your support!

  146. Thank you so much for stopping by, Dianne! I've had trouble with my Internet connection yesterday and today, so I'm behind, but I do plan to make the rounds this weekend. I really appreciate your kindness!

  147. It's nice to see you again, Ardee-ann! Thank you so very much!! I hope you enjoy In Leah's Wake.

    It's an honor to be able to participate in this wonderful event. I really appreciate you stopping by to give your support!!

  148. Will do, ZenCherry! Thank you so very much for stopping by. I'm grateful for your kindness and your support! I wish you and your friends all the very best!

  149. Thank you so very much for your kindness, Sophia! It's an honor and a pleasure to participate in this event. I agree – Nina's film is very powerful and important. Thank you so much for your support!

  150. You are so right, Sunny! I completely agree with you and Nina. Our Vietnam vets deserved – and deserve – better. Thank you so much for your service and thank you for stopping by to give your support!

  151. Thank you so much, Traci! I wish your brother a safe journey home. The men and women serving our country are truly our heroes. Thank you for stopping by and giving us your support!

  152. It's so kind and generous of you to stop by and offer your support, Karla. Thank you so much! You're absolutely right – we are in this together!

  153. Thank you so much for your kind words, Tamsyn! I agree – Nina's film really is a wonderful project! We really appreciate you stopping by and giving us your support!

  154. Thank you so much, Nikki. What a sad example of how little we've done to help our veterans. Thank you for sharing your story – and thank you for your support!

  155. Thank you so very much for your kindness, Geeta! I'm thrilled that you liked the book. That means a lot to me!!

    We really appreciate you stopping by and giving us your support! We couldn't do this without you!!

  156. Hi AO!! It's always wonderful to see you!! Thank you so very much for your kind and generous comment! Geeta is lucky – you're an amazing reviewer! Thank you for stopping by. Your support means so much to me!

  157. I completely agree, Enna – they deserve everything we can do and more. I'm thrilled to be able to express my gratitude by doing this small thing. Thank you so very much for your support!

  158. Thank you so much, Nissie! It really is amazing to see so many people coming together to support our troops. Happy weekend to you too! And thank you so very much for stopping by to give us your support!

  159. Thank you so very much for your kindness, Jacqui! Your interest in my book means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so very much for stopping by to give us your support!

  160. I feel privileged to be able to take part in this wonderful event – and grateful to you and so many others for giving us your support! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  161. I am so very, very sorry for your loss, Vanessa. Your father must have been a wonderful man. Happy birthday in his honor! Thank you so much for stopping by to give us your support!

  162. Thank you so much for your kind words, Patti! I really appreciate your support. And thank you so very much to Amy for her courageous service to our country!

  163. Thank YOU, Molly. I can’t possibly thank you enough for your help in getting the word out about this event. You are so amazing! Thank you so very much for your support!!

  164. Thank you so very much for your support, Tammi. It would be an honor to send Kate a book. I wish all of you the very best – and a safe journey home for Kate. Many thanks to you and to Kate and Jeff for their courageous service – I'm grateful for all you have done for all of us!

  165. I am so very sorry for your loss, BJ. I cannot begin to imagine the heartache that you and your family endured. My heartfelt thanks to your father for his service and to your family for the sacrifices you've made for all of us.

    Thank you so much for stopping by to give your support!

  166. Thank you so very much, Bernadette! We are so grateful to you and your son for your courageous service and for all you have sacrificed for all of us. It is because of you that we are able to do this!

  167. What a wonderful and wonderfully generous thing for you to do, Karen! Thank you much for stopping by to support our efforts – we couldn't do this without you!

  168. Wow, Mackenzi!! What a wonderful, generous thing for you to do!! Thank you so very, very much!! I appreciate your kindness more than I can adequately tell you. Thank you so very much for your support!

  169. Thank you so much for sharing your compelling – and heartbreaking – story, Marilee. I'm so very sorry for all your family endured. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for all of you. I wish Zachary and Michael Godspeed – a safe journey home.

    Thank you so much for stopping by to give us your support!

  170. Jane Borries

    Thank you for all you are doing for our troops,

  171. Thank you so much Sophia. I appreciate and I'm very moved by all the support from you and the others here on this blog.

    Terri is an extremely generous person and I'm proud to call her my friend.

    Nina

  172. Johanna,

    Thank you for following my dear friend, Joe Mantegna- and so glad you found us here.

    Joe also appears in the film- as you know he is a fierce advocate for our Veterans.

    Thank you for you support.

    Nina

  173. Nina Gilberti, Joe Mantegna, the whole cast & crew of Criminal Minds are amazing, talented people and it is very grand of them to be supporting this cause. I'm from Brazil and it amazes me how much care you have for the ones who fight to keep you (and all) safe, taht is something to be highly recognized, no matter what country you live in. Supporting not the violence, but the honor of those people in action, that is something grand and to be admired. I'm thrilled to be a fan of Criminal Minds, the show and the people who run it, are inspiring. Thank you and congratulations!

    (Unfortunately, for being a foreigner, I have no names of soldiers to throw in for the prize, however, I do wish all of them & you, the best of luck in whichever endeavour you may want to pursue!)

    Cheers!

  174. Thank you Suzy for being a part of this wonderful event that Terri so generously put forth. We appreciate your support for our Troops and giving a little something back to them.

    Appreciate the support for the film.

    Thank you.

    Nina

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    • Our heartfelt thanks for your service and for all you have done for all of us, Jerrilynn! Wishing Jerrod Godspeed – safe journey home.

  176. Kristen

    I love this way to give back to the troops. My husband is in the Marines and he is away from his son and new daughter who was born just yesterday. So thank you for giving back. It does mean so much for them and their families.

    • Congratulations, Kristen! A new baby girl – how wonderful!!! It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to participate and give back in this small way to you who have sacrificed and given so much to all of us! Please accept our heartfelt thanks. Wishing much love and happiness to you and your family and a safe journey for your husband.

  177. Teresa Kleeman

    Terri,

    I think what each and all you book authors are doing is wonderful. I'm so glad that people care about our Vets. and service people.

    I'm a Military Brat and I know both my dad's fought to protect people freedom. My birth father did three tours in Vietnam. He came back a changed person and would never talk about his experience over there.

    So next time people when you see a Service person thank them, shake there hand.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

    • Teresa,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The wounds of war are not all on the outside.

      We thank ALL our Soldiers and Veterans who gave us all so much.

      Appreciate your support.

      Nina

  178. Kate P

    Glad to see supporting our troops being brought to the front and center.

  179. John McLain

    Great effort for a great cause. We must never forget there are two sides in every conflict. History argues yesterday's enemy will be tomorrow's ally. England in the Revolution, North v. South, Germany and Japan, Vietnam. Young men – on both sides – fight old men's wars. These scars will need to be healed on both sides for peace to ever take hold.

    • John,

      Thank you for your support in this event.

      I completely agree- scars must be healed on both sides. There is a human cost to war that stays within a soldier, forever. It affects the families as well.

      We appreciate your comment.

      Nina

      • John McLain

        Thank you, Nina.

        I am curious: will your film address the most current warriors or does it offer a historic perspective as well? I think there may be more grist for the mill for future projects if one considers the societal impact returning veterans have had: The WW1 Bonus army and the Civil Rights movement are two that come to mind. Another aspect might be the plight of the returning veteran as seen in cinema. Several come to mind: The Best Years of Our Lives, Taxi Driver, The Blue Dahlia even Birth of A Nation. Perhaps your efforts in drawing attention to the other side of the romanticism of war will be step towards that healing.

        As if one film isn’t enough and there’s nothing like an absolute amateur film historian giving suggestions to a professional …

        I look forward to watching the project unfold.

        John

        • Hi John,

          Yes, my film does indeed, address ALL WARS– these issues have always been present.

          Please check out the PROMO: http://jamontoastproductions.com/promo.html

          Click on the link at the website and it will take you to my Vimeo page. Then enter the Password: ninadoc

          It's a password protected promo because it's too long to go viral. I'm in the process of creating a 2 minute trailer.

          Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the support.

          Nina

  180. This Tour de Troops is awesome. Thanks for your generosity!

    mynextchapter(at)annenowlin(dot)com

  181. Krysykat

    I loved everything about this post!
    Thank you.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  182. kathy fazio

    Thank you for all you are doing for our Military and our Veterans. Our son is a USMC Veteran with 'hidden wounds'. The more I try to spread awareness, the more I am told to post 'happy' stuff and not such depressing things. Thank you so very, very much for what you are doing.
    Kathy

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for posting here. I am looking forward to meeting you soon.

      I think it's important to raise awareness to these issues, which by the way, have been present in soldiers returning home since the Roman-Grecian Wars!

      Unfortunately, these hidden wounds are not new- and we must help our Veterans and their Families HEAL from them. Without awareness, without bringing to Light what is really going on, we can't move forward towards COMPASSION, HOPE AND UNDERSTANDING.

      And what I see now is America's continued apathy for our Veterans because of their own economic issues due to this recession. They are even more invisible.

      Every American has a responsibility to not only respect and honor those who served for their rights and freedoms, but to help in some way– to at the very least, be conscious enough that there are men and women, sons & daughters, mothers & fathers who are suffering with the hidden wounds of war and are struggling to stay alive.

      Whatever anyone thinks about these wars, it's our duty as an American to LOVE THE WARRIOR.

      – Nina

  183. It's good to be able to help out the troops. I'm sure they'll appreciate the books.

  184. Kathryn Merkel

    It is so awesome what you are doing for the troops. I am a member of Operation Paperback, which sends books to troops & to their families.

    The soldier I would like to nominate for a care package is Gary Fritz, he has been in both Iraq & Afganistan & is the only currently serving soldier I know personally.

    • Kathryn Merkel

      oops, forgot my email address

      drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  185. I'm in awe of this event. It's a wonderful idea and I've been sitting here reading posts, moved to tears, for the past hour. It makes me want to go out and do something to help our troops when they come home. . . .it's the very least we can do.
    karysafaire@gmail.com

  186. Thankyou for being involved in this fantastic cause. So much work left to do for the vets…

    Lindsey

  187. Melissa Sandahl

    Thank you so much for doing this Blog Tour! I grew up a Navy Brat, so I greatly appreciate the sacrifice of our military and their families (the families definitely serve also)

    I was going to leave a comment anyway, but seeing the chance to get Criminal Minds swag is a HUGE plus!!!! I am a total Criminal Minds fanatic! I have my DVR set to record every week!

    Can I give the names of 3 troops to put in the drawing for a care package??
    Blake Crawmer (family friend – Air Force, San Antonio)
    Will Dunbar (extended family – National Guard, Afghanistan)
    Zachary Neer (cousin – Army, Iraq)

    Thanks for supporting our heroic men and women in uniform!
    missyebookmail (AT) mediacombb (DOT) net

  188. barb j

    I don't know how all these soldiers are going to find jobs when they return with an unemployment rate of over 9%.

  189. Janelle

    Thank you for all that you are doing for the Troops.

  190. THANK YOU ALL FOR COMMENTING ON TERRI'S BLOG and helping us get the word out to help our Troops with a book, and for spreading awareness about my documentary.

    HERE IS A PROMO FOR THE FILM: http://jamontoastproductions.com/promo.html

    It's linked in the interview above, but you would have to go to the film's website.

    Click on the above link. It will take you to my Vimeo page, then ENTER THE PASSWORD: ninadoc

    It's private because it's too long of a video to go viral. A shorter 2 minute trailer is forthcoming.

    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT. SPREAD THE WORD. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT FILM.
    http://www.jamontoastproductions.com

    Nina

  191. Heather Cloer

    My grandfather was in the Navy, so my love goes deep for the military. Thanks for your participation in the event!

  192. Hellen

    Thanks for being part of this tour and I hope your book makes somebody’s day better :)

    hellenlovesbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

  193. Kathi C

    Thank you so much for this documentary. My uncle served in Viet Nam and had PTSD and it affected not only him but the rest of the family. My father, mother and grandfather also served in the military and, had I not been disabled, I would have probably followed in their footsteps. Thanks to all of those who have served.

    • Thanks for commenting Kathi, and sharing a little about your uncle.

      Blessings to ALL Veterans and their Families.

      Nina

  194. Linda Meza

    What a great cause. I come from a family of military. It is so sad when these men and women come home and cant find a job or are homeless. What a great cause to try to open up peoples mind to the reality of our veterans. Thank you,
    Linda!!

  195. I like what you are doing very much :)

    Another free ebook!!! :D

    ~sslola306@gmail.com

  196. Thank you all for doing this. It is things like this that make me proud. I want to say thank you to all Veteran's and those still serving today!

    miranda.grissomATgmailDOTcom

  197. barbara lay

    this is such a wonderful thing you are doing for our troops . They to need reat books to read and im sure they will enjoy every book the get. and I personally want to thank each one of them for the service .. thank you. and thanks for the wonderful chance to read your books .. smiles. god bless our troups..

  198. barbara lay

    im so happy you are doing this for our troops its nice to now that they can read good books as well and i thNK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN ONW MY SELF GOD BLESS THE TROOPS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.. SMILES ..

  199. Carol M

    I am so looking forward to reading your book! And thank you for your generosity towards such a great cause!

    kisstheday @ hotmail.com

  200. Books are such a wonderful gift – please donate my copy to a service member,

    Thank you for your participation in this tour.

  201. Jessica B

    When I think of your topic and "lost in America", it makes me think of Rambo and the Alabama song 'Cafe on the Corner' (tho it isn't just about soldiers but people who generally have that feeling). It saddens me to think about it but that's what we are facing more and more these days.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

    • You're absolutely right, Jessica! It seems a distant problem, but, really, it isn't. It's time that we step up and offer a hand to the people who've done so very much for us. Thank you so much for stopping by! We really appreciate your help and your support!

  202. Loraine H

    Thank you so much for assisting the veterans and active service men and women!

    May God continue to bless you and keep all of our service men and women in His care.

  203. Carol

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story!

    cbandy(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Carol! Nina's film has the power to open minds and create change. I'm glad you found her story compelling. We very much appreciate your support!

  204. Carol

    Thank you for sharing this story about our Veterans!

    cbandy @ twcny . rr. com

  205. Spencer

    This sounds amazing! I'm really glad you're doing this, they deserve the recognition!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Spenser! I agree – Nina's film is amazing. It has the power to open minds and truly affect the change necessary for us to begin treating our veterans with the respect they deserve. Thank you so much for your support!

  206. Hi Terri, I'm leaving a comment here so that a soldier can receive In Leah's Wake. Since I already have the book, please pass my copy to another soldier.

    I adopted a US soldier via the AAUSS program. Her name is Kimberly D (for security reasons, I can't share her last name here). Please enter her into the drawing for the soldier's prize. Thanks so much, Terri!

    writer.chicka[at]gmail.com

    • Thank you so very much for your generosity, Evangeline! I will enter Kimberly's name in the drawing and donate your book to a soldier. I appreciate your kindness and support!

  207. Diamond

    Hi Terri. Thanks for doing this! You are amazing. I already have your book so please give my copy to a soldier :)

    • You are so kind, Diamond! I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity to give back in a very small way to the men and women who've given so much to us. I hope you enjoy the book. :) Your support means a lot to me! Thank you so very much!!

    • Thank you so very much for your service, Shayne! We are grateful for all you've done for all of us! It's an honor to be involved in this project. To be able to show my gratitude, even in this very small way, means a lot to me.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! We appreciate your support!

  208. You are so right, Teresa. We owe a great debt to the men and women who have served our country – and to all of you, their families, who have suffered from the aftermath of war.

    Thank you for stopping by. We appreciate your support!

  209. I'm so very sorry, Kathy. As a mom, I can only imagine your heartbreak. Nina's powerful film can bring awareness of these issues and perhaps affect changes to help the courageous men and women who've served our country and help the families.

    Thank you so much for stopping by to give your support!

  210. This tour is a great idea and has been a wonderful experience. Thank you to all the men and women who have and continue to serve and protect our country.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Tracy! It really is a wonderful experience. It's heartening to see so many people on the blogs and to see the outpouring of kindness and emotion. Thank you again!

  211. Cindy Hoffman

    I love your quotes and your heart for our veterans. Thank you for being a public patriot!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Cindy! I feel honored to be able to participate and I'm thrilled to share Nina's wonderful work. Her powerful film has the ability to open mind and affect real change. Thank you very much for stopping by to give us your support!

  212. Isolabella

    Thank you so much for supporting our troops and I really can't wait to see this documentary when its finished.

    thenarcissuslibrary at gmail dot com

    • Thank you so much for visiting, Isolabella! I'm also eager to see the film when it's finished. Nina is an amazing person and this is a very powerful film. Thank you so much for your support!

  213. Barb A

    Terri, I already have "In Leah’s Wake", but please send a copy to our troops for my post & also enter me in the other drawings. Thanks to all the Indie authors for doing this.

    • Thank you so much for your generosity Barb! Your kindness and support mean a lot to me! I hope you enjoy the book. :) It's an honor to be able to participate in this event. We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for stopping by to help!

  214. LaToya

    Thanks so much for all you're doing to support the troops and for giving your away free :D

  215. Thank you so much for your kindness and support, Kathryn! It means a lot to us! I feel honored to be able to participate in this event and, in a very small way, give back to those who've give so much to us.

  216. I could not agree more about doing all we can for our troops, Karysa. They deserve all the gratitude and thanks we can give them. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn't do this without you!

  217. Thank you so very much, Melissa!! I know I keep saying this, but it really is an honor to be able to participate in this event. We owe our troops so much. I'm so grateful to all of them for their service!

    I appreciate your help and support! Thank you for stopping by!

  218. We can only hope, Barb. I agree – this is a serious problem. They've done so much for us. We need to find a way to be sure they do find jobs and are able to support themselves and their families. Thank you so much for stopping by to give your support!

  219. I completely agree, Heather. We've also had family members in the military, so I feel exactly the same way. Thank you so much for stopping by to give your support!

  220. I am so very sorry, Kathi. As your story shows, war affects not only veterans but entire families. We owe all of you our deepest gratitude and support. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  221. Thank you so much for your support, Linda! Nina's powerful film can create awareness and, I hope, open minds to these shameful problems. Thank you for stopping by to give your support!

  222. I echo your sentiments, Miranda! We owe our gratitude and support to all veterans, present and past! Thank so very much for stopping by to give your support. We could't do this without you!

  223. Thank you so very much for stopping by, Barbara!! It's honor to be able to participate and, in this small way, give back to those who've give so much to all of us. We couldn't do it without you, though!

  224. Hi Terri,

    Thanks for being part of the tour. I'm just here to show my support for the troops, I already have your book and would love it if you would please give my copy to the troops too.

    To all of the women & men of the military, thank you for everything you do, the sacrifices you make, and for keeping our country safe! To the families of those in the military, thank you for the sacrifices you make each and every day.

    Pinky
    pinkmaiden821(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Hi Pinky, thank you so much for your generosity!! Your kindness and support mean so much to me! I hope you enjoy the book. :) I will certainly donate your copy.

      I am also deeply grateful to the men and women in the military for their service and sacrifice and for all they've done and do for all of us.

      Thank you so very much for stopping by to give us your support!

  225. Thank you so much for your kind words, Janelle! We couldn't do it without you, though! Thank you so much for stopping by and giving us your support!

  226. Thank you so very much, Carol!! I really appreciate your interest!

    We owe so much to the men and women who serve and have served in our military. It's an honor to be involved in this project; it really and truly is. Thank you so much for your support!

  227. thanks for doing this. As an army veteran of multiple deployments, I can assure you that reading provides sanity and a chance to explore worlds outside the dust/rain/dirt of the present un-fun. With the advent of eBook readers it has become even easier to read, try new authors and to feel less cut off from the world.

    sincerely – Holly (prosekniticATyahooDOTde)

    • Dear Holly, I cannot begin to thank you for all you've done for all of us. I have had students who've served in Iraq. While I will never know what it's really like for you, I have an inkling of the horrors and difficulties faced by soldiers who've been deployed.

      I feel honored and blessed to be able to participate in a project that, in this very small way, shows our gratitude for your service. Thank you so very much for stopping by!

  228. This is wonderful! Thank you for bringing to the forefront such a huge issue for our troops. Their homecoming should be met with honor and our deepest gratitude. The very very very least we can do is donate them an eBook.

    • Hi Lexcade, I could not agree more!! We owe a tremendous debt to the courageous men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces. Yes, their homecoming should be met with honor and deepest gratitude! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  229. Libby Sellers

    THANK YOU so much for supporting our troops! The documentary sounds great.

    • Thank you so much for your support, Libby!! Jane & Johnny is a powerful film! I'm grateful to have the opportunity to share info and proud and honored to participate in this event!

  230. Libby Sellers

    Thank you for doing this and supporting our troops. I didn't know that ebooks were the #1 request of soldiers

    • I didn't either until I took part in Tour de Troops over Memorial Day. :-) Thank you for your support, Libby! We appreciate it very much!

  231. Danielle

    This is such a wonderful idea! It's such a nice a way to let our troops know that we support and appreciate all we do!

    Dani
    mdavis24@ec.rr.com

    • Thank you so much, Danielle! I'm humbled and awed by the amazing response and outpouring of gratitude toward our troops. We couldn't do this without all of you!!

  232. Thanks for doing this! I'm a Vietnam era vet but never went OS. I know two AF still OS, Nathan Tilton & Gary Reynolds, & one just returned, James Lewis. Actually a whole bunch here based at Hurlburt AFB or Eglin AFB. All good family men.

  233. Thanks for participating!

    Roxs
    roxburysnoopy-blogtourdeforce at yahoo.com

  234. Suzanne

    Wow. That's all I can think of right now. I am so thankful for the men and women who voluntarily serve to protect Americans. And I am so excited about the Blog Tour for our troops. I personally don't know any active military so please send a copy of your e-book to any soldier. And if I'm not too late, I would love a copy as well. My email is mammysfave at hotmail dot com. Thank you for support our troops!!!

  235. Crystal

    I think what you are doing is amazing. My grandfather fought in wwII and was wounded so soldiers have a soft spot in my heart. Our men and women who serve our country dont often get the recognition they deserve. Unfortunatly this war and Vietnam has had many against it. I had the opportunity when I was in junior high to go to DC with school and visiting Arlington Cemetary you truly learn the ultimate sacrafice many of these soliders have made. I am 26 and now with Iraq and Afghanistan my generation is starting to learn the true sacrafice many have made. Thanks to all the men and women who make our country safe.

  236. Terri…kudos to you for the support..
    The country of America has never totally supported the troops that fight to keep our country safe, there has been an attitude os distain since the Korean War ( never really recognized)and don't get me started on Vietnam.We don't hesitate to send them, then we forget them and this is very sad.I feel for them and their families, God Bless them.

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