Welcome to Post Traumatic Stress In Order (PTSIO). Hello, my name is Asha Hawkins. I was born in 2002 to Staff Sergeant Ron (Hawk) Hawkins and Sarah (Rajiv-Tamarov) Hawkins. I must begin by telling you that I am the fictional creation of author, Major (Ret.) Scott A. Meehan. However, I think you will find me quite an intriguing sixteen year old.
My father was sent to Afghanistan with his Special Forces team from Fort Campbell, Kentucky not long after terrorists flew commercial aircraft into the New York Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. He was part of a team that was sent to extract the Al Qaeda terrorist network and Taliban government who harbored them.
It was there during this period he met my mother, Sarah. Dr. Mohammed Rajiv took her under his loving care after her mother was shot and killed in crossfire between the Soviets and Mujahedeen. He raised her for nineteen years, teaching her many skills under his tutelage, which included multiple languages and medical nursing.
This is how my parents met. When wounded Northern Alliance forces came into the clinic in Dehi, my dad brought medical supplies from his team to assist with treating the casualties. Well, my mother was there also doing the same thing. Because they had been seen speaking to each other, my mom was scheduled for a public execution by the Taliban. I know–Craazzy! Right?
Word of this execution got to my dad who was back with his team. Pleading with his commander, he and another soldier, Staff Sergeant Chris Short, along with her uncle, Abdul Mohaqeq and some of his men went to rescue my mom. During the rescue, there was a “firefight” causing a lot of confusion and separation of the rescue team. As fate would have it, my mom and dad escaped together to a secret hideout in the harsh Hindu Kush Mountains.
After spending a few nights in a cave hideout that my mom knew about, my Christian father and my Muslim mother fell in love. I am very happy they did…for obvious reasons.
I mentioned that my grandmother was killed in one of those “firefights” but what I did not tell you was my paternal grandfather was also killed in battle. He was in the U.S. Army Delta Force and was shot during a 1993 battle in eastern Africa. My dad does not like to talk about it even to this day but he does bring all of us to my grandfather’s graveside to honor him every year. I wish I would have known him.
Oh, who is all of us? I have two brothers, Caleb who is fourteen and Seth who is twelve. Anyway, back to the story. Although mom and dad fell in love, they both had to escape the Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces hunting them down and unite with his team. Here is where I will stop for now because if you want to know the details, you should read their story yourself. Trust me, it is good! Oh, the book is called, “Love in the House of War.” It is a novel. I am mentioned at the end of part one but am in part two quite a bit.
Please check it out for yourself: https://amzn.to/2OyERu0
Yes, that’s my mom and dad on the cover! Cool, huh? I think so anyway. Hee hee, ha ha.
As an “Army Brat” I am a strong advocate for “my creative author’s” Post Traumatic Stress In Order (PTSIO) campaign. He has launched a website for all Veterans, especially those who have been diagnosed with PTSD (I hate that “D” word) and their family members to express themselves through the arts and literature. He, Major Scott, wants to replace that dreaded “D” word with “IO” because he believes that those who have Post Traumatic Stress, like himself, should not carry around the stigma of being associated with a “Disorder.”
I can see his point. Afterall, this guy served twenty-five years in the Army, received a Bronze Star for actions in Iraq, provided information that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, and retired as a Major. In addition, he has a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resources & Information Management and a MBA in Business Administration.
Oh, I do not want to forget. He has been married to his wife (they met in the Amazon jungle—really) for thirty-seven years. They have two grown kids and four grandchildren. That does not sound like anyone with a disorder to me, does it to you? Hee hee, ha ha. Hey, I’m sixteen and can laugh however I want to, you know?
One last thing—no two, sorry. The first is Major Meehan would love to see free education for all Veterans who were deployed overseas during all campaigns, along with their designated family member. No, unlike all the GI Bills and other benefits, this would come from legislators in the House and Senate to pass a Bill enabling this free education without any stipulations or limitations. More to come...hopefully.
The second is really cool–a contest! Although I am in Love in the House of War, there is a sequel, (Millennial Girl with Creativia Publishing, 2014) set in the future, 2025, where I am 23 and become the first female Special Forces qualified soldier...yes, a Green Beret. Anyway, Major Scott is looking for young aspiring writers, especially military brats—but can be anybody, to write a story filling the gap for the time between the two books, or between the ages 12 to 23. But, don’t forget to include my two brothers.
Here is the link for Millennial Girl: amzn.to/2QuALoq
Signing off for now!
Asha Hawkins (One each)