Having lived through some hard times, I can say for certain, the hardest times are when people around us die. At the beginning of this century I had it quite tough, in relatively rapid succession my husband (2000), my beloved brother Michael (2003), my dearest Aunt Annemie (2004), and Miki, my best friend since childhood (2005), died. Death is final, there is nothing we can do.
That is one reason, why I support every soldier, who serves in the United States' Armed Forces. Obviously, while serving in the field death can threaten any moment.
When during the year I read about an organization distributing e-books to the troops, I decided right away to participate. I felt my award-winning inspirational ebook could be perfect. In it, I even quoted General Omar Bradley. Also, the troops in the field might enjoy reading about my my funny experiences in foreign countries. After I contacted the organization, they unfortunately notified me that they did not do that (anymore).
Then I stumbled over the following notice:
Of course, it would have been simpler and cheaper to just distribute coupons to an organization, which redistributed them to the troops, but I was never one to shy away from work. Thus, I purchased 100 Christmas cards, signed them, folded and stapled a letter addressed to "a hero" to each card, listing the coupon number and how soldiers in the field could access and receive my ebook. I put each letter with card into an envelope, addressed by hand.
The work and costs did not bother me. In my mind I could see soldiers reading my ebook on their smartphone or Kindle and laughing about many of my stories, while they might have some down-time.
Christmas came and went and not one soldier redeemed his coupon.
How strange... I could not believe that not a single soldier wanted to peek...
Was there a potential technical problem, which I had not anticipated?
Then I read in the news that the Dallas VA Medical Center refused to accept holiday cards because of some regulation...
... really ???
Even though I had answered the above listed official looking posting I now googled "Holiday Mail for Heroes".
... I turned out there are regulations too...
Obviously, one is not allowed to give a soldier an award-winning inspirational ebook, which he or she could read on their smart phone or Kindle easily.
I feel truly saddened by this.
It appears that while
- in the recent past the dealing of unregulated derivatives was able to bring the U.S. economy to its knees,
- health experts are warning that food additives are not fully regulated, and
- waste reduction and incineration in the U.S. cannot be regulated by communities but favor special interests, to whom it is big business,
That is saddening, indeed.
Soldiers and veterans, who would like to receive my ebook 'Naked Determination, 41 Stories About Overcoming Fear' can contact me via my book's facebook page to receive a coupon for a free copy.
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