As most of my friends know on the Authors Den or those who read the bio of the authors here on the den. I am a former State Law Enforcement Officer. I now write full time and have other activities in my life. My career in Law Enforcement seems like a distant memory sometimes. Putting this occupation behind me has brought comfort to my wife and has allowed me to take my son’s with me on my writing adventures.
This past few weeks have been something to remember and a learning experience for my eight year old son. I have never served in the military, but my father was a veteran of the Korean War era and my brother served during the Vietnam era. My prior career taught me to respect those who serve their country in uniform. I have never seen much difference in those who serve and are killed on the streets of this nation enforcing the laws and those killed on distant soil. Both were serving this nation and both died protecting the American people. Both are left with widows grasping the American flag with crying children by their sides.
This past week, I wrote an article about Memorial Day. It was well received by the local veterans. They invited me to come and do a series of articles about the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming in Gray, Tennessee. I felt a little out of place at first, but quickly bonded with these great veterans. We became friends and will remain so for years. The homecoming was a great success and will occur again next year. I became a member of Rolling Thunder veteran’s advocacy group, so I could continue with my new friends and support their causes. My eight year old son began to cry on the last day of the homecoming, because he thought he would not see his new friends any longer. I assured him that he would be seeing them again at an upcoming cookout during a Rolling Thunder meeting.