Welcome to the St. John Veterans website.

This site is dedicated to the human being in the uniform:  she who responded to a strong sense of duty to serve and defend her country, he who answered the call to self – sacrifice and honor; all who stood tall, straight and proud for their country, often in the face of terrifying and horrific circumstances.

In dedicating this website to veterans, I hope to help give the world its conscience back.  I want each nation to vow never to send its troops into any war without cause, or before diplomacy, goodwill, cooperation, and negotiations have failed to attain the nation’s security; to never shortchange troops on artillery, ammunition, strategy, or sound and efficient military leadership.  I want the citizens of each nation to vow that if its troops have to be committed to battle, it also commits the dollars to care for them when they return.

To all combat veterans, welcome home.  I am glad you made it back.

For all veterans:  this website is humbly but with great respect, presented in your honor.  Thank you for your service.

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(A housekeeping note from the author, St. John:

Word Press is now randomly placing ads on sites as part of a new policy of producing revenue for them.  Word Press is a wonderful, user-friendly application and I appreciate its generous availability.  Ads…not so much.

I have no control over the placement or subject of ads placed on this site.  My heartfelt apologies in advance, for any that distract from the honor or respectful tone of this site.

Kind regards, St. John)

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to the St. John Veterans website.”

  1. Thank you for doing this. I dont care if you wore a uniform or not, you are a an AMERICAN and your love of the country shines brightly. Great Job!

  2. Posting on your site is a blessing for those in Tennessee who have no connections on how the system works: “light and love in return”

  3. J.I. Knight said:

    I think what you do for veterans is really great. Having a site dedicated to them and putting your time in to honor service from them and also having a page to write thier own stories to share is perfect I know every veteran that knows you or reads your pages feels the same way. Thank you for everything that you do for all of them.

  4. Hello there! Do you uuse Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would
    be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look foorward to new updates.

  5. Marcia Cottle said:

    Karen, I am so glad I found your website. I met you in Branson, and you have the biggest heart. I enjoyed every minute with you. I will be checking on this website often to keep up with what is going on. Hope you are still using your little red cup I gave you. For the other readers, if you ever get the chance to meet Karen you will find her to be a loving , warm hearted women.

    • Marcia, what a glorious surprise to see your thoughtful and kind comments! I have the red cup in a place of honor. It ALWAYS brings a smile to my lips, and I tell the story of “Mom’s Place” over and over…going to the convention was one of the best things I ever did. It felt like being with family the entire time. Hugs to you

  6. Tommy Sims said:

    Dear Karen,

    My name is Tommy Sims. I just found and read your piece your wrote back in 2011.
    I just wanted you to know that I appreciated your article on the film ” Some called them Baby killers, We call them Heroes.” I am a Veterans Service Officer in West Monroe, LA since 1995 and I personally am friends with most all of the Veterans interviewed in the documentary. One of them Paul Fontenot works with me.
    The Stetson in the photo on the back of the DVD belongs to me. I had loaned it out for display but never knew it would be used in the photo or even more surprising to me is that it would ever touch anyone else’s life. I am not a Vietnam Veteran, but rather a combat veteran of the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq, A Troop, 1/2 Armored Cavalry Regiment where I served as a Cavalry Scout/Reconniasance Specialist.

    Thank you again for your kind comments regarding the untold sacrifices of those who shared a part of their souls on film. It means a great deal to me that others care.

  7. Danielle said:

    Dear Karen,
    Thank you for your continued efforts to help veterans. My father was a Vietnam Veteran who parachuted into the jungles. He managed to survive without physical injury, but came back only to continue the battle internally for the rest of his life. My family story is a classic PTSD story….sadly tragic. My dad passed away on May 8, 2015 due to his alcoholism. I read the article on “Four Legged Therapy,” and wanted to know if there was a way to donate to the cause in honor of my father’s death. Please let me know, so I can share this information with family and friends.

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. Even though grief is unique to each of us, together we all suffer its impact. I can relate to your having a father with PTSD and suffering from alcoholism. Your desire to donate to the cause of those wonderful service/therapy dogs in honor of your father’s death is a generous and thoughtful gesture. As always, look into the organization before you donate, to ensure it is a legitimate, caring group. There is a blog at http://veterantraveler.com/service-dog-agencies that appears to list agencies in various states. Sometimes, if you just put in the search phrase, “service dogs of (your state)” you might pull up organizations near you. I would also check with a reliable veterinarian in your area to see if she/he knows of any specific organizations near you. I am grateful to your father for his service to our country. And I thank you and your family as well. Those left behind suffer their own grief and fears but must remain strong and courageous. They, too, fight the new battle with the returning veteran who faces a struggle in his/her transition from hell to “normal”. You all have served in your devotion and compassion to our veterans through your father, and I am grateful. May peace settle upon you soon. Kind regards, Karen

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