Monday, August 6, 2012

Coming Home


I am always amazed by the incredible stories I hear and people I meet during my book signings at the military installations I’ve visited recently.  Like the WWII, Korea and Vietnam Vet who was 96 years young and still handing out great advice on life. He had flown in all three wars and was still leading by example.  

The other day, while at Fort Gordon,  I looked up from the book I was signing to see a young, fresh faced 23 year old soldier.  I had no idea the experience I was about to have or the opportunity I was going to be given by God to take my new role as a writer a step further.

In those few minutes there was an exchange of viewpoints and belief systems that showed me just how much I need to share, not only the Steve Newman...the retired Sergeant, proud Special Forces soldier, and author,  but also the humanity that was fostered by my life experiences in the Army. I looked up into the eyes of a man whose desire was to join Special Forces, but instead, he was going back home, to my home state of Oklahoma, to battle the big "C" (cancer): in hospice.  Not just to Oklahoma, but to Lawton, Oklahoma which is near my home town. 

He asked me, “Do you believe there is a Heaven?”  I thought about it and a story came to mind.  I told him about how one late night I couldn't sleep, so I turned on the TV to see Billy Graham answer that very question.  I acknowledged that like Billy Graham, I believe in God and that Heaven is "Most assuredly real," and like in my book, going to Heaven is like, “Coming Home.” 

I expect that over the next several months as the book tour continues, I will meet many young soldiers, and old veterans, not to mention many young people who are interested in talking to an "Ole" Sergeant to see if he will "Tell it like it is;" I will!  Like the fresh faced 23 year old soldier, they will live in my memories, in my heart forever.  That is what we do, we few, we band of brothers. 

These days, many parents are encouraging their sons and daughters not to enlist because they are afraid, or perhaps closed minded about the positive aspects of service to our great nation.  When asked, to the man or women, “Would you choose to serve again?”  Over and over again I hear the same response, “Yes, absolutely yes, and I wouldn’t change a thing!” They always echo my exact sentiment.  

Folks need to realize that enlisting in the military is not a suicidal impulse.  Rather, enlisting to serve our great nations is a calling.  Those who do enlist, do it out of patriotism, out of a desire to serve.  A concept too few Americans have these days.

God bless our troops, those who have volunteered during a time of war knowing full well the hazards they may face.  

7 comments:

  1. Having the opportunity to meet S. Newman and pick up his books; i found that he is a straight forward man of integrity. I look forward to reading the two books and hope that a lot more people will pick them up, it is nice to have a writer whom can write our experiences in a way that is explainable to the layman. Furthermore; I hope he will continual to write out our unspoken experiences that we find so hard to talk about, and I hope that many will come to realize that we served to promote our freedoms and many have fallen for that cause, (not to mention the ones who live with their wounds daily) that the american people take for granted. God Bless, stay the course.

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    1. Thanks for the comments. I appreciate that a great deal. Hope you enjoy the stories! Steve

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  3. Amen and amen. Thanks for telling your story and showing that you are indeed, the best America has to offer.

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    1. Oh Joyce! You are the best my dear! :)

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  4. Thanks! I deleted one comment becuase it was the same one repeated. I appreciate you all very much! Thanks for the comments. Hope to run into you again soon, real soon!

    Steve

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