Monday, January 31, 2011

The Creation of Legacy!

All this week I will be working on my speech for the event at Lake Erie College that will take place on 24 February 2011. The kind folks up there have invited me to come up and speak. So I’m trying to come up with a speech that will reflect well on the book and at the same time, reflect well on service to our great nation.

The Title of the speech is “The Creation of Legacy” and when people ask me what the book is about I always respond, that it is about the legacy of freedom which is a gift granted to us all by our soldiers. Freedom of Speech was not given to us by journalist; it was given to us by soldiers. Freedom to Worship as we please was not given to us by priests, it was given to us by soldiers. The right to bear arms, was not given to us by politicians, it was given to us by soldiers. Still, dedicating ones life to the freedom of our great country doesn’t necessarily mean that it will enable the individual an opportunity to create a legacy that he or she can pass on to those he or she cares about the most.

Now I am not talking about the creation of wealth, however if the creation of wealth is the by product of our efforts to create a legacy for our loved ones for generations to come then so be it. Isn’t that the American dream? Is it not the American dream to ensure that the lives of our children will be better than our own? If through our decision making process today we are able to ensure that our legacy will have a positive impact on those we care about for generations to come, then shouldn’t we all focus our decision making process on that?

Besides, all the normal questions we all know to ask when making a decision the one we forget to ask is, “How will this decision affect those I care about the most for the next three generations?” One of the reasons I wrote a book was so that I could leave something behind for my family to have so that they may understand a little about the kind of life I lead as a soldier. If having written a book generates some sort of wealth then my plan is to use it to improve not only the lives of my children but also the lives of their children’s, children. Does that make sense? So far, they have a book to read! J And that my friend is more than enough to accomplish what I set out to do!

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“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is today! “ Unknown.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Supporting our Troops!

Over the last several months I’ve spent hours and hours researching non-profit organizations that support our troops and I have found a few that I truly believe are making a huge difference in the lives of our soldiers. These are organizations filled with good, no not good, that isn’t best word for what I want to say. These are organizations filled with extraordinary people that are doing some incredibly kind and generous things for our troops. These organizations are supported by nameless thousands of others who donate their time, energy and money. And that my friends, is something that I find to be astonishing! The fact that people would take the time to go out of their way to help a soldier. I love that! I love that there are people like that in this world and it restores my faith in my fellow man. Let me talk about some of them for a moment, please.

There are the Soldiers’ Angels who in my mind are “Angels here on earth” doing Gods work through their letter writing/care package mailing campaign along with a plethora of other tasks they do right here at home to support our troops. These are people from all walks of life, every age, every color, from all over the country. They bring blessings to us all through their acts of kindness and generosity and that has not gone unnoticed around the Newman household, I can tell you that! They are above average citizens who are bringing Gods Blessing to us all and for that I thank you Soldiers’ Angels.

Then there is the Task Force Dagger Foundation, and my friend Keith David is one of the key members of that organization. A retired Green Beret he is working harder and harder everyday to create recreational therapy activities for our wounded Special Forces Brothers who are now faced with the reality of learning how to survive in this world based on their new found capabilities. Like true warriors they don’t sit around looking for sympathy for themselves. No our wounded brothers want nothing more than to get back into the fight, back to their teams! Who could blame them? They are warriors! Now they may not be able to get back to where they were but as they continue to learn and grow as warriors, they are finding ways to still be a part of the SF Community and many of them are working to make the lives of others better. Imagine that! I will be talking about the Task Force Dagger Ozark Fishing Adventure coming up from 19 to 23 May in the Bull Shoals Lake Area of North East Arkansas in future articles but if you would, please take the time to check out the links I’ve provided.

In April, I will be going down to Adairsville Georgia to speak at the Southern Veterans Festival being sponsored there by that small town and my good friend Tim Godbee. You can find him on FB! Tim has been working tirelessly to feed, cloth and house homeless veterans throughout North Georgia for several years, despite the many hardships he faces in life. Though they are not that much different than many of the same hardships you and I face, you know, unemployment, or as it may be underemployment among other things like family issues, the death of loved ones, so forth and so on. Still he works to help others, giving way more than he will ever receive in return. That is my definition of a hero and that is why I support his efforts and the Southern Vets Festival. What a nice little town, what a great place for such a venue, what an incredible American….I salute you and your neighbors Tim!

Lastly, there is the Green Beret Foundation. This is an organization that is near and dear to my heart, having retired from the Army after over twenty years of serving as a member of the Green Berets. You may not all know it, but I have pledged a $2 donation from the sale of my book off this blog and my books website to this organization. Generally I sell on average about one book a day, or about five books a week. Now that may not seem like a bunch but the money makes a difference and I hope that my efforts to raise awareness have been helpful. Please read this part carefully, I will tell all of you that if you haven’t read my interview of Jennifer Paquette which can be found on this blog then you should stop everything your doing now and scroll down until you find it and then take the time to read it! She my friends, is the epitome of strength, honor and courage and the story about her life, her husband, and how she became COO of the Green Beret Foundation will hopefully spark within you an incredible sense of pride in our country and it should spur you on to take action! Look for it now and read it and then if you haven’t already ordered a copy of the book, do so now!

If you have any questions pertaining to these organizations please do not hesitate to email me at

God Bless our Troops!

“De Oppress Liber!”

S. B. (Steve) Newman, Author
The Night Eagles Saored

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ways to Support Our Troops

Since Christmas I have been focused on not only selling copies of “The Night Eagles Soared,” but also I have been working to support four different Non-Profit organizations. I have done this through social networking, pledging financial support, donating copies of the book to raise funds and by also dedicating time to attend different events as a guest speaker.

There are two events or causes that I have committed to supporting over the next few months that in my heart will be instrumental in helping out two separate groups of veterans. First, I will be at the Southern Vets Festival in Adairsville, Georgia on the 30th of April helping to raise money and awareness for Homeless Veterans of North Georgia; and there are many. Secondly, there is the Task Force Dagger Foundations’ Ozark Adventure that is geared towards helping our Wounded Warriors who are still in the process of recovering from life changing injuries.

The purpose of this post is to hopefully spur some into action but mostly to invite everybody who is able to attend the events in order to show solidarity and perhaps a little camaraderie with our brothers. There are four different organizations that I believe are doing excellent work for our brothers and sisters that I would like to introduce you to here. They are: Soldiers’ Angels, the Green Beret Foundation, The Task Force Dagger Foundation, and the Southern Vets Festival.

Now, I have put a link to each organizations website so that you will be able to research them yourself. Know that I am endorsing all of them and hope that you will choose to support one or the other, or all of them. My wife is a Soldiers’ Angel, and I work with the other three. So there is something there for everybody! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about how you may be able to help at.

Also, don’t forget that you can donate to the Green Beret Foundation through your purchase of a signed copy of, “The Night Eagles Soared” through the secure Buy Now button on the top of this page. Your support will go directly toward helping out a wounded Green Beret or his family and besides, you will have a great book to read, so why not? Go ahead and do it today!

God bless you all!

S. B. (Steve) Newman, Author
The Night Eagles Soared