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A Good Place to Start Healing

By Remy Benoit

I sat down this evening with Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, intending to read a story or three. That was quite a while ago. I have cried, I have smiled, and I have been deeply touched.

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Sidney R. Slagter have presented us with a wonderful collection of memories to be shared; experiences to be humbled by; couraged to be inspired by; and love to be exalted with.

This collection of Veterans' stories comes from the war experiences of this century of our sons, uncles, fathers, grandfathers, husbands, and friends. These are our family, personal and national and deserve our attention.

There are many terrible memories of war and some of them are herein included. As we know, war brings out the best and the worst of us. These stories concentrate on the good that came from the terrible.

For those of you who are seeking resolution, I do encourage you to read this collection.

For those of you who wonder about the experience of war, I do encourage you to read this collection.

For the rest of the nation, I refer you to two quotations from the book. The first comes from Jack Kennedy, October 26, 1963: A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.

The second quote is from Margaret Mead: Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.

Today we have our sons and daughters in active service; we have Veterans from a number of wars who need to know we are there for them. So, I recommend that you consider the courtesies of the citizenry of North Platee, Nebraska, and begin your reading with Susan Grady Bristol's true life account called "I Have the Coffee On."

Do you have the coffee on?


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