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Posted on Jul 17, 2023
Joan Kovach
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Maj Kim Patterson
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I began writing the family history while there were still some alive. Several have dedicated their lives to Military and public service and I feel it is important to write what we know before it is lost forever. As I wrote, I sent it to those still alive to make sure the information was correct and to get their opinion of what I had written. They looked forward to receiving each new page and discussed it with each other and sent back comments and corrections, with an occasional phone call to discuss something they thought I should include. There are speech to write options with AI now to make it easier to collect the stories. What they did mattered They suffered from PTSD til the end. It might never make it into a book but at least it’s started.
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Maj Kim Patterson
Maj Kim Patterson
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SPC (Join to see) thank you, I appreciate your comments,
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SP5 Robert Kennedy
SP5 Robert Kennedy
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Maj Kim Patterson, plow on young lady. I have a second cousin who wrote a book about his uncle who served in WWII. He researched and wrote for several years, but refused to share or publish until the last of the people, the Veteran uncle, and all of the relatives and friends who wrote letters to that uncle while he served during World War II from a remote base in Greenland, DIED! The author is a second cousin of mine whom I have never met. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI, my mothers hometown until @ 1932. Amazingly, I knew most of the folks (relatives and friends of the veteran, even the veteran himself) and the book includes many of my Kennedy relatives as well, because my mother (Marie Thome) lived next door to my dad (Everett Kennedy) in Detroit beginning in the 1930s, and way back in the 1930's and 1940's there were plenty of trips by many of both families that most of us never knew about. The center of the book has quite a number of photos of the letter writers and others that the letters were about. I'd absolutely recommend that you go on Amazon and just read the pages that you can read for free just to see how his novel presentation works. I couldn't put it down. The book is entirely the letters that the Veteran RECEIVED, and none of the letters he wrote back to them. Yet, you learned who the writers of the letters were because of what the letters they wrote included about others who received his return letters... very clever.
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Joan Kovach
Joan Kovach
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Keep up the good work Kim. A worthy project.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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Unfortunately, I am dealing with a few assholes in the Texags Military Forum. I have posted some military essays and some responded that I am plagiarizing. However, you and I are fully cognizant that when writing essays, it requires research in order to illuminate the messages and big pictures we want to portray.

When I write military essays, I often have to research a few or several sources in order to provide a comprehensive narrative. One of the reasons I like to write essays is because it forces me to research and become familiar with the topic on hand. Case in point is I wanted to write an essay about the advent and use of P-51s in the ETO. I had to research and become smart on the plane before I was able to write the essay.

I have learned that being an veteran does not necessarily make a person immune to being an asshole. lol
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SPC Mike Bennett
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Joan, I read your essay. You need not have any reservations for writing it.
Most combat soldiers have a "hole in their dike" that will eventually break loose. Having served in combat with the First Air Cav in Vietnam, I was exposed to the horrors of war. I am thankful that my dike did not break. As a Veterans Service Officer I still have Vietnam Veterans who realize their dike has broken. Also, almost every Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran that comes into my office files a claim for PTSD and most are awarded.
Keep writing!
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Joan Kovach
Joan Kovach
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Thanks Mike. Carry on!
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SPC Mike Bennett - Hi Mike. Claims for PTSD and most are awarded? On a first go-around? No appeals? Boy this sure is different than when I applied! Took 15 1/2 years and more appeals than I can remember!
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@Joan Kovach thanks for sharing your life events & encouraging others to do the same. I know first-hand about the effects of P.T.S.D. on the individual & family.
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Joan Kovach
Joan Kovach
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Thanks for replying Charlie. Best to you as you and yours carry on.
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