I am 45 yrs. old, a single mother and ex military personnel. I was injured during active duty, had to fight the military to get them to do something about it, got my surgery, but was thrown out; got Honorable Discharge, but not military benefits, only VA, which isn't much. I am doing better now, writing christian poetry, refurbishing old furniture, volunteer at the American Legion as a Service Officer, still on the military Honor Guard as a bugler, 1st female Vice Commander at the American Legion Post 1, and Female Veteran of the Year 2008-2009 for the state of Oklahoma, and on the Mayor's Veterans Action Board.Born and raised right here in Tulsa, OK;my son is 24 & in college down in TX., at Southwestern Adventist University, Keene. While reading to my nieces and nephews this past Christmas Eve, I was asked how come all the childrens in the Christmas stories have regular names and not names like theirs-that they all are white sounding names and they're not living like them and doing the things they do. So, it's all a fairy tale to them, they said. So, I have written some small short storie for them w/ ethnic names and situtaions and they loved them. I also had made copies for some of my military friends that have children and gave it to them and their kids loved them also and everyone wants more stories. So, I thought I would try it professionally.
Update, I am now the 1st female Commander for the Tulsa, American Legion and the 1st minority female Commander for any American Legion in the state of Oklahoma.