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Mickey L. Dennis

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Mickey L. Dennis, USN “is a Vietnam veteran, PTSD suffer for over 32 years, married with 3 children, born and raised in Macon, Georgia, lived in South Dakota over 37 years, active member of PVBA, BVA, American Legion, VFW, YMCA, and DAV. Mickey Dennis is the author of Take One Day At a Time: Surviving Post-Traumatic Stress, Eight Second: The Resurrection of Mickey L. Dennis and The Buffalo Soldier of the Western Frontier: South Dakota: Military Heroes in American History.

According to the book description of Eight Second: The Resurrection of Mickey L. Dennis, “It would in some measure relieve my embarrassment if I could even, in a slight degree, feel myself worthy of any honor for writing this book; yet I have been called from the deep black belt of the South, from among my humble people, and yet it may not be inappropriate for me to suggest that it seems to me that one of the most vital questions that touch our American life is how to bring the strong, the wealthy, and the learned into helpful touch with the very poorest, the most ignorant, and the humblest, and at the same time make one appreciate the vitalizing, strengthening influence of others. How can we make this mansion on yon Beacon Street feel and see the need of the spirits in the lowliest of American people? This problem Harvard University is solving, not by bringing itself down, but by bringing the masses up.”

According to the book description of Take One Day At a Time: Surviving Post-Traumatic Stress, “I wrote this book, because it saved my life. I have suffered for many years with PTSD and depression. This book tells about racism, mental illness and trauma. It also includes spiritual guidance. It shows how I endured many life struggles. As you read each page it will change your life and give you strength. As I wrote each page the weight of heaviness was lifted from my heart and mind. I want to reach out and help anybody who needs encouragement. My story is about inspiration and great endurance. It deals with my life as a husband and father for thirty years. It tells of shattered dreams and how hope can survive the weakest moments of our lives.”

My family has been a circle of support that has held me up, when I thought I could not go through one more day. Loneliness does not need to keep us in a cage of helplessness, but it can guide us to build survival skills. This book talks about good and bad memories. I enjoyed writing about the good memories and how God blessed me many times and I enjoyed writing about the bad memories, because it released a heaviness upon my heart. I feel this book could have a positive effect upon your life. Are you ready to take the time to change your life One Day at a Time?”

According to the book description of The Buffalo Soldier of the Western Frontier: South Dakota: Military Heroes in American History, “Black Heroes in Every American War There has scarcely been a battle in which America has not been served by the valor and sacrifice of what poets have called, "the darker brother". American has a history of forgotten black heroes, and a public that seems barely aware of their courage and honor. The first Buffalo Soldiers were the 9th and 10th Cavalries, formed by the U.S. Army in 1866 and composed mostly of freed slaves and Civil War veterans.

The patrolled the Mexican border, and took part in the Spanish-American war and in the U.S. expedition to the Philippines. While it is regrettable that Black Americans should have participated in military actions adversely affecting native peoples, we must remember that not all the measures taken by the government were unprovoked, nor were all of them carried out with the ruthlessness we sometimes hear of. Buffalo soldiers and Black cowboys were merely one factor in the opening of the West. It was a job somebody had to do, and certain toughness went with the territory; the oppressive aspects, while not excusable, were indeed part of that history. During the Indian Wars, from 1866-1890, the use of Black soldiers was widespread in the West, and numerous engagements demonstrated the valor and toughness of the African fighters. Colonel Benjamin Grierson insisted to his superiors that the term "colored", which originally prefixed the title of the regiment, was demeaning and unnecessary. Ultimately, he prevailed, and it was dropped. Two all-Black Calvary regiments, the 9th and the 10th, saw considerable service; tow all Black infantry regiments, the 24th and 25th, were also much used. Stuck with a thankless job, it fell to these Black freedmen to garrison forts, quell disturbances, and generally keep the peace. Not infrequently called to put their lives on the line in the name of the United States government, these heroic Black regiments won a total of twenty Medals of Honor.”

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