Thursday, March 21, 2013

For Bobby.




For Bobby.

Those are the first, and most important words of my book, The Final Piece. Without Bobby, my life would be vastly different. Without him, I would never have known the intrinsic value of unconditional love, or self worth.

He is my hero. Plain and simple.

I wrote the character Tommy to reflect the wonderful man who Bobby was. Immortalizing him ensures that he lives on through me. I miss him every day.

Bobby was a Vietnam War Veteran who battled depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder until he took his life in 2004. It was a tragic and senseless loss that many families of war veterans suffer. PTSD robbed me of the most influential person in my life and it was 100 % avoidable. I know because I also suffered from PTSD. The difference between me and Bobby is that I had access to help. No veteran should be denied the mental health benefits they need. Ever.

Veterans for Common Sense is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that has championed for veterans’ mental healthcare rights, all the way to the Supreme Court. They’re the people I would’ve wanted in Bobby’s corner, so I’m dedicating 25 % of the sales for The Final Piece from March 22, 2013 thru April 22, 2013. You can also make a contribution directly to  Veterans for Common Sense in honor of Robert James Waldron Jr. You can purchase The Final Piece at here. 

Never a day, B. Not. One. Ever.