I’d like to share some correspondence that I had with someone this morning. A fan, sure, but more importantly, a member of the United States Marine Corps and a true inspiration to all.
I am an active duty United States Marine for the last 16 years and have been dealing with some anxiety and PTSD issues for the last few years. I was in a helicopter crash in afghanistan and suffered from several injuries, traumatic brain injury and lower back injury to name the two big ones. I recently purchase your book about a month ago and I admit that though I have not finished it I wanted to write to you and thank you. The last few years I have been in and out of therapy and counselings and groups struggling with fear and anxiety. Reading your book has done some wonderful things in aiding me to become the wolf. My struggles, though not as great as many of my peers, have been detrimental to both my career currently and my personal and family life but after reading your book, I have been able to make immediate changes and have started to improve each day the lives of myself and those around me. I just wanted to reach out and thank you for writing Journey Through Risk and Fear, it has made a very positive change to my life. I remember growing up in Bucks County PA and always rooting for the Flyers and how my father and uncles spoke of you with great respect and love for what you and the other Broad Street Bullies gave to the people of Philadelphia and Southeastern PA, and after speaking to my father more recently about your book and how it is helping me now, he said “Only God saves more than Bernie Parent”. Sir, you are an inspiration and a mentor for me now. God Bless and Go Flyers!!!
We respectfully leave him anonymous.
First, thank you for your service to this country and fighting for all of the wonderful freedoms we enjoy. Second, I am truly, deeply touched by your story. When people label me as a hero for winning a couple Stanley Cups as a goaltender, I can’t help but point out that it is people like you who are the true heroes, and so many stories and messages about the men and women of the military go untold. You are truly an inspiration to me and to others, and if you’d let me, I’d like to share your letter with fans, as you have grasped the exact reason that I wrote Journey Through Risk and Fear, but more importantly, your story may be of help and inspiration to so many others. I would surely leave out your name and leave you anonymous. Let me know your thoughts on this, and thank you again for everything that you do. It’s a beautiful thing.
Please share with your family and friends, as an example to all that you can overcome even the hardest of trials and come out on top.
Join us on Saturday, October 6, 2012 for the 10th Annual Collingswood Book Festival to enjoy a FREE outdoor street festival with more than six blocks of authors, speakers, booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, and entertainment for all ages. I will be exhibiting my first literary work, Journey Through Risk and Fear, along with my new book, Unmasked.
Location: Along Haddon Avenue, Downtown Collingswood, NJ.
I will be in Tent 1 @ 11:00am
Featured: Journey Through Risk and Fear and my new book, Unmasked.