By Joe Klein

This can be the real tale of 2 embellished wrestle veterans associated via tragedy, who come domestic from the center East and discover a new approach to shop their comrades and heal their country.

In Charlie Mike, Joe Klein tells the dramatic tale of Eric Greitens and Jake wooden, larger-than-life struggle heroes who come domestic and use their army self-discipline and values to aid others. it is a tale that hasn’t been advised prior to, the most hopeful to emerge from Iraq and Afghanistan—a saga of lives stored, now not wasted.

Greitens, a army SEAL and Rhodes student, spends years operating in refugee camps sooner than he joins the army. He enlists simply because he believes the blameless of the area desire seriously armed, ethical safety. Wounded in Iraq, Greitens returns domestic and unearths that his fellow veterans at Bethesda Naval medical institution all wish an analogous factor: they wish to proceed to serve their state in a roundabout way, irrespective of the level in their accidents. He founds The venture keeps to supply paid public provider fellowships for wounded veterans.

One of the 1st undertaking keeps fellows is charismatic former Marine sergeant Jake wooden, a ordinary chief who all started group Rubicon, organizing Sept. 11 veterans for risky catastrophe reduction initiatives all over the world. “We do chaos,” he says.

The chaos they face isn’t simply within the streets of Haiti after the 2011 earthquake or in long island urban after typhoon Sandy—it’s additionally within the lives in their fellow veterans, who’ve come domestic from the wars traumatized and seeking out a feeling of goal. Greitens and wooden think that the army virtues of self-discipline and selflessness, of sacrifice for the higher strong, can retailer lives—and not only the lives in their fellow veterans. they think that invigorated veterans can lead, through own instance, to superior communities—and they end up it in Charlie Mike. Their own saga is compelling and inspirational: Greitens and wooden show how the talents of conflict may also offer a route to peace, own delight, and a extra lively country.

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Willie Nelson happened to be one of the guests. I didn’t grow up listening to country music, although I owned one Willie Nelson record. By the end of the evening, I was a huge fan. Willie was playing the classic songs “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy,” and I would try to play along. His guitar playing and lyrics were mesmerizing. I couldn’t believe this was the guy who wrote these songs. The guitar was passed around the room and other singers sang Hank Williams tunes or ones they had recently written.

He’s a great guy and an old friend. I’ll see him tomorrow night in Helotes, Texas, at our show at John T. Floore Country Store. John T’s is one of the better beer joints in Texas. John T. Floore was a really good friend of mine and loaned me money one time when I really needed it. I wrote a song about him: SHOTGUN WILLIE Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Well, you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t play music if you don’t know nothing to play Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Now, John T.

God said It’s a sign of the times I said. IN GOD'S EYES Never think evil thoughts of anyone It’s just as wrong to think as to say For a thought is but a word that’s unspoken In God’s eyes He sees it this way Lend a hand if you can to a stranger Never worry if he can’t repay For in time you’ll be repaid ten times over In God’s eyes He sees it this way In God’s eyes we’re like sheep in a meadow Now and then a lamb goes astray But open arms should await its returning In God’s eyes He sees it this way Thought for the Day: Sometimes I think, Well .

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