I am proud to share with you three unique books which I hope you will enjoy reading. From the heartbreak and triumph of mothers of wounded soldiers in Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed to the inspirational story of Tennessee businessman and philanthropist Mike Hardwick in Keep Chopping Wood to the colorful memoir of Congressman Bob Clement in Presidents, Kings and Convicts - each book tells its tale with heart and gives you a front row seat in looking at some very real events and issues. The fourth book, Vets and Pets, tells the emotional and entertaining stories of the incredible bonds between wounded warriors, veterans and other service members with their service and companion animals. Vets and Pets is available on Amazon for pre-order now!
At left: The Mighty Moms were at the Barnes and Noble Store in Salisbury, Maryland for one of many book signing events throughout the country.
U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner
The annual " Statesmanship Awards: A Salute to Service" Fundraising Dinner, hosted by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, recognizes outstanding Americans who have dedicated their lives to national service. I have been instrumental in helping to reshape the dinner into a national event, recognizing the service of leaders from the business, non-profit and corporate sectors. For the past 18 years the event has highlighted those service accomplishments of individuals and organizations including: Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation, PepsiCo, Elizabeth Dole and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, President George H. W. Bush, Secretary John Kerry, and the Tug McGraw Foundation, among many others.
At left: Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation received the Civic Statesmanship Award at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress "Salute to Service: Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner" for his tireless efforts to help military members and their families.
Mrs. Bush's Storytime
Since 1992, Former First Lady Barabra Bush has been a champion of literacy. In 1992, I helped her promote her ABC Radio Network program, Mrs. Bush's Storytime, which helped children learn to love reading. Three years ago, we relaunched her show in partnership with the Malvern School and the Bush Library in College Station, Texas. I am still involved in helping the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy continue to help millions of Americans become literate and promote their efforts nationwide. The foundation began in the fall of 1988, and today it has made a profound difference in the lives of families all over the country. Results have shown, according to the foundation, that "families achieve long-term academic, economic, and interpersonal success through scholarship and literacy programs."
At left: Former First Lady Barbara Bush participates in her radio program, Mrs. Bush's Storytime, which aims to help children learn to love reading.