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PHD. MBA. MHS. Type rated on A350, A330, B777, B747-400, B747-200, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration. Fighting for Aviation Safety and Airline Employee Advocacy. Safety Culture and SMS change agent.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran’s Day 2016

Honoring our Veterans 

This has been one heck of year, filled with unimaginable challenges—to a point where I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. Yet, I continued to be surprised, and wonder why things happen like they do. What lessons can be learned from the events that continue to unfold?

Perhaps the lessons come from 
our honored veterans.

Today we should honor veterans, who gave their lives for something greater than themselves—our Freedom, our Country, our Rights as U.S. citizens.

Our Country is a Tapestry of our Freedoms
But our rights did not come without cost.

We are the country where people who had a dream, a belief in possibility, and hope for a future better than they had elsewhere fled to a new world. Generations to follow have defended that world, our rights, our land, and our beliefs. These good people are our veterans.

I think about the Veterans who were prisoners of war. They were heroes because they had an inner strength, resilience, and the belief they could survive. They had purpose and passion for our country.

Life was not over, despite the most horrific events they could imagine or experience. Many returned home despite being prisoners of war, because they would not give up, despite the circumstances. Many did not return, and gave the ultimate sacrifice... their life.  

Don’t give up because of 
your current experience.

Honor our Veterans
With Strength

Don’t ruin your life because you think what might happen, and you’ve lost hope. If your unimaginable has happened—hang in there. It will get better. If you feel like you’re a prisoner of war, time will come when you are released. I’m currently writing a novel where an unbelievable story is ongoing. Where the most horrendous injustice in today’s world is being played out behind the scenes of an airline... This is where you find truth in fiction.

The pilot that this is living this nightmare is not giving up, and she is allowing me to write her story in Flight For Sanity. But as I write the words, and they fill the pages, I think of the pain and suffering our greatest heroes, our veterans, have faced. It’s about fighting for rights and freedom. And with that knowledge, there is strength and courage to press forward. In honor of our heroes. 

Every veteran will tell you at the end of the day, there is hope and freedom on the other side of despair, and when you fight for your freedom… you are not alone. For those who gave their lives, they did that for our country.

Believe in yourself.
Honor and respect the memory of our Veterans.

Happy Veterans Day! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene


  1. All three of my dads were veterans with servi connected deaths/injuries. Freedom isn't free.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    1. Thanks for your comment. No... freedom isn't free, and many people are still trying to take our rights. But, we never give up!


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