Since writing A Soldier's Promise, my May Heartwarming romance, I have become more conscious of news stories about returning veterans. Most of these stories are truly touching. Dads surprising their kids in the classroom, children waiting anxiously just off the tarmac for that special man (or woman) to appear.
In my book, Mike Langston's homecoming was not such a flowery, sentimental reunion. He was called home because his wife was dying, and he had just a few days to say goodbye. His wife had kept the secret of her illness to protect him from harm in combat, but Mike could only interpret her secrecy as a sign of mistrust. Add to that, he rediscovers the teenage daughter he had only know for a few days at a time. Now, Mike Langston is a single dad, with a child he barely knows who is at a crucial time in her young life.
The other day I met a man who served in Vietnam. Like many 19-year-olds, he was thrust into service while still practically a boy learning about life. After months in combat he was injured, seriously, and flown back home to Louisiana where he was from. After weeks of recovery, one day a young, pretty long-haired girl came to the hospital with a guitar. She sang for the soldiers and walked away with the injured veteran's heart. He married that girl and found a happy ending.
I would love to hear your stories about America's heroes. Have you witnessed the heartwarming homecoming of a veteran? Are there more happy endings out there? I'm sure there are. Please tell us.