Today, I’m hosting guest blogger Terri Giuliano Long, author of In Leah’s Wake. She’s put together a very neat program to help our troops, so it’d be great if everyone can help out. And now, I’ll leave it to her.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill
This weekend, November 11 – 14, Terri Giuliano Long, author of the bestselling novel In Leah’s Wake, joins 50 indie authors in Blog Tour de Troops, a charity blog hop sponsored by the Indie Book Collective.
To celebrate, Terri is hosting Emmy-winning film editor Nina Gilberti, currently a full-time editor for the hit CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Nina is also an indie filmmaker. On Terri’s blog, Nina talks about her upcoming documentary, When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless, a powerful film about the horrors faced by some veterans upon their return home after war.
In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
- Douglas MacArthur
Did you know that one-third of the people living on the streets are veterans who served in the Vietnam War?
In addition to physical homelessness – whether couch surfing, living in a car or existing on the street – many vets also face emotional, psychological, and spiritual homelessness. While they may seem fine on the outside, within they struggle with the hidden wounds of war – issues like Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD), nightmares, hyper-vigilance, meaning they are on high alert all the time, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), drug & alcohol abuse and addiction, prescription drug addiction – resulting in high divorce rates, joblessness, spousal abuse, and suicide. Naturally, these life-altering problems also affect the spouse, children, and parents of veterans.
With her film, When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless, Nina hopes to inspire our nation to care, to generate real compassion – and perhaps create a movement towards profound healing and understanding for these veterans and their families.
Blog Tour de Troops
This Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 11 – 14, 50 indie authors are participating in a daisy chain blog hop to support U.S. troops. Anyone who leaves a comment on a participating author’s blog will receive a coupon for a free eBook – plus the author will give a free eBook to one active-duty U.S. troop. This means you have a chance to collect 50, yes 50, FREE eBooks.
For details and a list of participating authors, please visit the Indie Book Collective site.
Leave a comment on Terri’s blog and receive a coupon for an In Leah’s Wake eBook – for every comment, Terri will also give a free eBook to an active-duty troop.
PLUS, just for leaving a comment, you’ll be entered in a random drawing for one of these amazing prizes:
FIRST PRIZE – a $ 50 Amazon gift card, a copy of the Criminal Minds script for episode 701- the season seven opener written by executive producer and writer Erica Messer, SIGNED BY MS. MESSER AND THE ENTIRE CM CAST, PLUS an autographed photo of the Criminal Minds cast!
SECOND PRIZE (total 3) – autographed photograph of the Criminal Minds cast!
WIN A CARE PACKAGE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SOLDIER
With your comment, leave the name of a U.S. troop and he or she will be eligible to win an awesome care package, consisting of: $ 100 Amazon gift card, a boxed video set of Criminal Minds, Season 6, PLUS an autographed photo of the CM cast!
* Winners to be determined by a random number generator, using random.org.
To learn more about the film When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless and to enter the raffle, please visit Terri’s blog.