ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July from a 7th Grader

We sometimes get cards and letters from school kids. They're really pretty cool. I always take a moment to read at least one of them when they come in because it reminds me of when I was a kid.

I picked this one up today. It's written by a young man named Chris. He's in 7th grade somewhere.

Here's what it says-

Dear Dude,

Thanks for supporting our country. I'm with you on this. I really want you to be a strong warrior and keep going. It sucks that you have to be there. I'd be there two (sic), but I'm in 7th grade and my math teacher won't let me. Anyway, I hope you are healthy through the holiday. We're having a cook out at my house. My dad makes hot dogs and hamburgers. If you are alowwed (sic) to have hot dogs, think of me when you eat one and I'll think of you.

Love you, Chris

I love it when he says 'I'm with  you on this.' So mature. So perfect.

I hope I have a hot dog tomorrow. If I do, I'll silently salute you, Chris. 

Happy 4th of July.

Love you too, bro.

Weston Ochse
Currently in


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  2. The popular shorthand is that you do what you do for your country. I'm not sure it's really true though. A country is such an inanimate thing, a collection of ideas and ideals that is only given life through people. People like Chris. When you, when I, when we all say we do it for our country, I think what we really mean is-we do it for Chris and all those others just like him.

  3. Wow that is totally awesome. What a cool kid. Stay safe my friend