The American Vision – “One for the Boys” – With Special Guest – Author, Poet, Writer, etc…, Cathy Saint John
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Cathy Saint John is the author of One for the Boys, her first published book. Her late brother, a Canadian, who with his younger brother David, enlisted in the United States Army in 1969 to serve in Viet Nam. She is humbled and honored to have completed her brother’s unfinished manuscript, not only for her family but for the general public. May all remember the now-silenced voices like John Blake’s. In sharing John’s experiences, the author is hopeful that her brother’s story will assist other persons living with PTSD, as well as their families to fully understand the many facets and devastating depth of living and struggling with the injuries of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is his extraordinary story.
“It took a tremendous amount of time, sadness, tears, and courage to journey into John W. Blake’s struggles and triumphs, and then finally to share his story with readers. I could have missed the emotional pain, but then, I would never have fully known a man that no one should ever forget. The greatest compliment I can give my late brother is to have written his story and gotten it right. It took two decades of writing, research, interviews, and editing to succeed. The reasoning rests in John’s story, One For The Boys.”
Newfoundland Writer and Poet
Cathy Saint John, was born and raised in Topsail, Newfoundland, Canada until 1966. She later lived in various parts of Canada and returned to Newfoundland in 1973. Cathy Saint John has written numerous articles of local interest for the “Evening Telegram,” “The Downhomer” and “The Newfoundland Bride” magazine. She is an avid reader and writer of poetry and songs. One for the Boys is her first published book. She is humbled and honored to have completed her brother’s unfinished manuscript, not only for her family but for the general public. May all remember the now-silenced voices like John Blake’s. In sharing John’s experiences, the author is hopeful that her brother’s story will assist other persons living with PTSD, as well as their families to fully understand the many facets and devastating depth of living and struggling with the injuries of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The story highlights the urgency to end the war at home for veterans, civilians, and their families who struggle with the challenges and effects of PTSD. Cathy feels that societies needs to be better educated and more proactive in accepting and understanding people who suffer from PTSD as a result of their extraordinary traumatic experiences. She is hopeful that communities and government agencies will strive to gain a greater insight into the hidden world of persons living with the injuries of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Cathy believes her book will foster an understanding and acceptance of persons living with mental health illnesses and assist in reducing the stigma attached to mental health issues.
A Tour De Force – “One For The Boys”
One for the Boys is an impressive, heartbreaking account the reader will find unable to resist. It is the riveting true story of Sgt. John W. Blake’s life. Meticulously written, John Blake’s adventures, historical accomplishment, his vividly detailed struggle in living and coping with injuries pertaining to his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ultimately his self-inflicted death in 1996.
Patriotic Canadian Volunteer Served 2 Tours in Viet Nam
John W. Blake was a proud and patriotic Canadian volunteer who honorably served two tours of duty with the United States Army in Vietnam. According to his journal from Vietnam, John experienced valor and the horrors of jungle warfare that included the death of his soldier brothers in Vietnam.
John was wounded in both his arms and legs on three different occasions by grenade shrapnel. Each time he declined the offer to be ‘written-up’ by a physician/medic for the renowned Purple Heart award.
The Rangers understood that there were worse things than seeing your own blood dripping onto your boots. Most Rangers felt that the Purple Heart was more appropriate for the warriors who suffered life-threatening wounds or ultimately died as a result of their injuries.
First Newfoundlander to Earn The Green Beret
Blake was the first and only Newfoundlander to earn the renowned ‘Green Beret’ of the United States Army Special Forces. He served as an elite sky soldier with N/75th Rangers of the 173rd Airborne (The Herd).
3,200 Mile Walk Across America with the American Flag
In an attempt to heal the strife of American Veterans and the contemptuous divisiveness felt by its citizens prior to the unveiling of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. in 1982, Blake became the first person to walk 3,200 miles across the entire country, in full uniform, while carrying the United States Flag.
He did this without an entourage, GPS or new-age technology. John relied solely on his Ranger skills, ever remembering the motto: Rangers Lead the Way! John Blake’s story is hailed as a roller-coaster of events and emotions. Several chapters and passages will bring the reader to tears.
Spurned by the Canadian Government
Moreover, the account provides a front-row seat into the raw and disturbing world of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The reader will likely be shocked and angered, wondering how his native country’s Canadian politicians could inflict the ultimate dishonor upon his family and disrespect for his service to its southern ally.
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