November 29, 2022

Berni Dodd Talks About Forever Young Veterans Book

 Berni Dodd

Berni Dodd is one of the authors who volunteered to interview a veteran and write his story for the Forever Young Veterans book. 

She is sharing that day with us.

"I believe we all have perspectives about war, death and dying. Some are obtained from books, movies and often first hand experience which sticks with you for life. I never saw the ‘levels of war-made death or destruction’ from anything but one perspective…until interviewing Luke Layton McLaurine, Jr. (Lieutenant)

"I found it especially interesting, and a blessing, that as a Bombardier, Luke’s experience with death during the war was totally from air battles or mishaps. Even as a POW, he never witnessed death, only the process of slowly dying from starvation and the elements. So many veterans I’ve known speak of the horror of war and no doubt were scarred for life. I didn’t quite know what to expect from our first meeting and I was in awe of Luke’s infectious smile and robust joy for life. He expressed so much pleasure regarding his time in the Army and the people he met along the way. It was incredible how he could recollect the tiniest of details about the plane, his training and POW time. Seemingly, he has such a positive outlook on any and everything he would encounter, serving as a role model for those he served and fought beside."

Berni Dodd is a retired Navy Commander/05 after twenty years of service. Semi-retired from a second career of managing government contracts and expanding business opportunities in Memphis, Berni focused on her writing. Her first book, Nine Days to Glory, was published in 2018. She is a member of Collierville Christian Writers Group. Berni resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with her spouse Peggy Lau and golden fur babies Bailey and Shugg.

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