I had written a book on the importance of involved fathers and how to meet some of the challenges all men face as parents. The title of the book is “The Power of Dadhood”, in which I discuss both the obvious, and sometimes very subtle, powers that fathers have within their families; and which, if not understood, could have serious repercussions on the well-being of their children.
Our goal was to not to sell the book, but to sell the idea of the book as a tool to help in the various missions of these charities. We had left copies with all the charities we had visited. The only response came from Carol Watanabe, the founder and president of LPE.
The mission of Little Patriots Embraced is to enhance the lives of our Military Families in need while, and because, their loved one(s) are protecting our freedom. It was clear to Carol that military parents have a clear disadvantage over most parents, who are often not with their families due to frequent travel, training, and long deployments. Particularly at risk are the relationships of the fathers who are more often the parent in the military.
I decided, after meeting with Carol, to donate 150 books to be given free to military families upon LPE’s visits to installations around the country. A few months later, a retired USAF Colonel friend of mine and his wife donated $2000 to buy more books to be given away to military families. As a retired USAF Colonel myself, and a strong champion of the military, this match-up of helping fathers and military families became a match made in heaven. Eventually, I became a proud board member of LPE.
If you find it in your heart, help us reduce the emotional stress that military family members have due to separation, relocation, or death of a loved one with a donation through our website or Facebook page. Also, what better way to help any family than to help them to mentor and help each other. This was my personal message in writing my book on fatherhood.
It’s that easy!