A significant part of my time on the road will be spent assisting our US Veterans and their families. I started working with Vets in 2008 when I started a non-profit organization called, Calvary House. Since then, I was in an auto accident that changed my life entirely. When I started the organzation, I taught 10-12 grade Entrepreneurship and Information Technology in the Detroit Public Schools – – this is probably a great place to indicate that the problem in DPS is not the students – – they gave me my reason for jumping up every morning and running enthusiatically into the clasroom.
The best I can say for those that hold the rolls of red tape in the organization is that they gave me my reason for immersing myself into my students and making them the only happiness found within the confines of DPS. One of my upcoming books will probably be based on my experiences there, but for now, I’d rather stay positive…
Anyway, after the accident, I found that many of my injuries (and long term effects that I’m still working through) were similar to those experienced by our Vets. I saw doctors in fields that I never knew existed and experienced symptoms that I didn’t understand. Because I believe that I can help others no matter what my situation may be, I was determined to find a way to shed light on those who have gone virtuously unnoticed.
At the time, there was very little I could manage cognitively, so “real” writing was definitely out of the question, but I knew that I could pay homage to our “lost” Vets in some way while still working on my own healing. Thus, “Forgotten Voices” was born!
You can take a look at the ad created by my good friend and longtime photographer and videographer, Lamont Campbell HERE. Enjoy!