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Monday, September 17, 2012

POW/MIA - You are not forgotten!

Welcome to the hop that Kharisma set up.

Thank you for stopping by. Moving to South Carolina has put us near many military bases. From the Citadel to Paris Island, Fort Stewart, the National Guard, the Coast Guard and Shaw Air Force Base to the many other military installations we're surrounded by military. Going in to town you're bound to run into someone in the military, some injured, others perfectly healthy. The ones few think about are the ones who are lost.

National POW/MIA day is Friday September 21st. Remember those who never came home. Remember those who are still missing and un accounted for. Their families deserve the piece of mind of knowing where their relatives are. Allowing families to learn what happened is the goal of organizations like Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command.

For each comment left I will be donating $2 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society up to $100.

Though Erick was being held in captivity because of his work with the Texas Rangers Division, he was still a prisoner of the war on drugs and human trafficking. I've included an excerpt below
Excerpt from Texas Hard


Erick McTavish drew in a ragged breath as pain shot through his body. He still had some strength, but he was close to the end. Another month of this and it would all be over. In the beginning he’d fought his captors at every turn, using his strength to send punishment their way. They had tools and they weren’t afraid to use them. Not that he’d been permanently disfigured, but he knew he had a few broken bones, and he’d never look at a cattle prod the same way ever again.
Why they hadn’t killed him was a mystery to him. The big guy had threatened enough to make Erick no longer believe his attempted intimidation. They wanted information and he’d been teasing them with bits and pieces of irrelevant data that wouldn’t make a difference in the Texas Ranger Division’s overall operation, but he felt like shit each time they beat more from him.
“Stand.” Someone spoke from across the room, their voice tinged with an accent. Brazilian? He didn’t know for sure, but he was no longer in the US. He picked up languages quickly, his experience overseas in the Marines had taught him how to learn nuances of dialect, and he’d figured out a few things from listening to these guys, but not enough to know their plans.
Erick crawled to his feet, his body rebelling against his requests. He stood still, not wanting to get slammed with the butt of a rifle, or hit with another round of electricity from the prod they took great pleasure zapping him with.
“Come.”
Were they moving him again or was he being taken out to die? They’d threatened him with a firing squad a few weeks ago, yelling and pushing him out the door to a fence, positioning him facing away from the guys with guns. He had no idea what was going on as theories of what they were doing pinged around his brain. They’d scared the shit out of him, and when they finally laughed at him shaking in his boots, indifference had settled in. He realized he didn’t care. They weren’t going to let him go, he knew too much.
Every single one of the Rangers he'd worked with thought the human trafficking organization they were trying to close down was based in Mexico, but they weren’t. It was a complex system with mules, coyotes and other workers who all conspired to point the blame in other directions; all the while the money was being funneled through a rich guy in Brazil and back into the States.
Erick followed his captor out of the dingy room and into the bright sunshine. Pain exploded behind his eyes as he walked outside during daylight for the first time in about a week. He stumbled and almost fell, catching himself before he went all the way to the ground.
“Get up,” a tall man in green pants and a white T-shirt commanded.
Fine, fine, I’m on my way, you fucker. Erick preferred to remain silent as much as possible. If he spoke, they might figure out he was close to breaking. Sure, the big bad Erick McTavish had a weakness and these fuckers had found it.
They led him to a car and shoved him in the trunk. Another move to yet another house where he’d be tortured, yelled at, and starved. He knew nothing they wanted to hear and he feared they would soon figure out that they didn’t really need him any longer. In a way he welcomed death. Of course his team would never find him if his abductors kept up with their obsession of moving him. Any trail he left behind was obliterated with each move or at least rendered useless because he had no idea where they were taking him and he couldn’t leave any hints.
The trunk lid shut, leaving him in the dark. The car started and his heart sank. Maybe someone on his team would find him, but he doubted he'd be alive. At least he wasn’t dead yet. There’d been plenty of nights he’d wished death to slip its dark fingers around his neck and squeeze, but he wasn’t brave enough to end his life on his own. Soon? A few more days, maybe a week more of the torture, and he’d be depressed enough to think about calling it quits, but not yet.
The car picked up speed and the road smoothed out. His eyelids grew heavy, drawing him into sleep. The car hit a bump jostling him slightly, but it didn’t take long for him to drift off. Here in the trunk he was safe, no one would kill him…at least he didn’t think they would, but who knew. No, these bastards were jerks and wanted to see him suffer. He doubted they would shoot him in the trunk of the car because then they would need to clean up the mess. Much easier to off him on the side of the road.

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Then, stop by everyone else on the hop as well :D

1.Kharisma Rhayne2.Sara York
3.POW/MIA Recognition Day Blog Hop4.A Page In The Life - Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
5.The Jeep Diva6.Kiki Howell - ABA Blog
7.Angelica Dawson8.Elise Hepner A Willing Writer's Blog
9.Bridgette O'Hare - Supernatural Romance Author 























































38 comments:

Lisa G said...

I salute all of the men and women who serve in the armed forces. Their sacrifices keep all of us safe.

Jason said...

great cause!

~smooches~ Jase

Juliana said...

Thanks so much for supporting our troops! What a great type of blog hop!

Michelle said...

What a great idea! Thank you!
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for doing this - hope you raise lots

Suze

Tina said...

Go Sara!

Ben Langhinrichs said...

I am always saddened by the MIA/POWs. For those still alive, how difficult it must be to be kept in a place where you don't know whether those back home remember. For the families of those who may be either dead or alive, the not knowing must be torture, and the lack of closure horrible.

Thank you for posting about this.

Mel Bourn said...

Thank you for supporting a great cause! I salute all those who served, are serving, and will serve. Without you we wouldn't be in the greatest country. Thank you!!
Mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Cliffgirl said...

It's interesting what you hold in your memory that just pops out one day when you read a post like yours.
My dad was military and served in Vietnam near the end of the war. It was a terrible time with a lot of uncertainty and of course, the peace talks and student riots. Our neighbor also went to Vietnam and never came home- his jeep was blown up the day before he was supposed to be shipped stateside after his tour of duty.
My friends and I wore POW bracelets for years afterwards. Some men were never found.

Kelsey Summer said...

Great idea. Thank you for your generosity.

Miriam Whitewolf said...

Thank you, great foundation!
miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

V Hughes said...

Hi Love, this is a great cause. I'll admit I didn't read the excerpt because I've just started reading the book, so didn't want to spoil it. I bought book 2 and 3 the other day. I really enjoyed the first one too. *hugs*

Denni said...

Many brave Americans have never been accounted for :(

Di said...

So hard on everyone - the men & women who are taken captive, the families who wait for their release or may never know what happened.

Beckey said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt from Texas Hard
and supporting a great cause...

Sara York said...

Thank you everyone who has commented. I'm so excited to see so many participating.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing attention to this cause!

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

Yvette said...

I am very proud of the military of the US. I served four years and my husband retired after 23 years! Many of my family members were /are vets and my uncle was a POW in Vietnam.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea!

Jbst

Sophia Rose said...

It is so awesome what you are doing for the military. Thank you!

The theme does sadden me, but I'm glad to be reminded of those who live, but didn't come back.

And thanks for participating in the hop.

Emily said...

Thanks for supporting such a great cause. I have a question though. Is that excerpt from Texas Hard or Texas Twist? I only ask because I want to read Erick's story and it says his story is book 3, Texas Twist. Thanks!

tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lexi said...

This is such a great idea to support our lost men and women. xoxo

Sara York said...

Emily, this is Texas Hard. Erick's story start's here, but is mainly in Texas Twist, the 3rd book.

Karen Candido said...

Thank you for helping those lost

Karen

panalopy said...

It's a great cause! I haven't read these yet, I will have to start at the beginning. Thanks :)

Kristin said...

This is such an awesome hop. I wish, I'd have known about it sooner. Obviously, with my husband being in the military things like this are very close to my heart.

Andrea Carpenter said...

thank you for doing the hop and supporting our troops

bmack31919@yahoo.com

books4me said...

Thank you for participating in the blog hop and for supporting the POW network!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Benjamin T. Russell said...

Sara, we owe all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces a debt of gratitude. My heart goes out to the families of the MIA. I love what you're doing to support those families and the excerpt from your new book is definitely intriguing.

Katherine Rochholz said...

Such a great cause!

bn100 said...

Thanks for participating in a great cause. Nice excerpt.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Tom Webb said...

Great cause - thank you.

Madison said...

Fabulous idea and I love your heart, Sara <3

XOXO to you and our troops <3

rubyswan said...

May God 4EVER PROTECT US! God Bless the USA..:D
wonderful cause.((sigh))
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Cassandra said...

Thank you for your donations. These men and women are an inspiration to us all for what they do for us each and every day :)
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for participating in this hop Sar. I am a Navy wife retired this past January. My husband's cousin was a former POW Jessica Lynch and thank you to all those who helped resue her. Sorry I seem to be able to comment today under unonymous.
Z

Sara York said...

Thanks to everyone who left comments. I've sent in the donation to the Marine-Navy Relief fund. I'm grateful for all who serve.