Hey everyone, it’s me again, Asha. I hope you all had a great week! I always do! I have some exciting news to share with you! First, please allow me to set three things straight. Here goes:
1. Many people may refer to me as Asha, like Ash’ah. That’s okay but the real way to pronounce my name is, Ah’ sha. We’re cool though, right?
2. Although I am only a character in the Major’s book, (He lets me call him “Major”) my pictures are very real because I am a model.
3. Finally, my sister Miriam is also a character in the Major’s book but she is also very real as are her photos. She is actually an actress.
Whenever you go to https://www.ptsio.weebly.com (soon to change to --> https://www.PTSIO.org, read our Blogs, and like them, why not reach out to us with your questions, comments, and your own Blogs, writings, pictures, or drawings? We would love to connect and communicate! We promise not to send out emails and newsletters unless you specifically ask for either one. We know exactly how our email accounts get flooded with unwanted spam and stuff so he is not all about that type of advertising.
Now for the exciting stuff! The first three people who respond to our www.ptsio.weebly.com (PTSIO.org after next week) site with anything: questions, comments, his or her work, even just a “Hi” will win prizes. Here is what you do:
1. Log into www.ptsio.weebly.com (PTSIO.org later)
2. Read about how cool I am and respond with, “I dig Asha” (Hee hee ha ha).
3. The first person to respond will win one of Major Scott's books (your choice).
4. The second person to respond will win, LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR
5. The third person will win a $10.00 Amazon Gift card.
You would just let us know, once notified, whether you want an ebook or hard copy paperback.
Well, looking forward to hearing from you! Until next week!
Bah (as they say here in Tennessee),
Asha Hawkins (One each)
Hello everyone, it’s me again, Asha—trying to look “BAD…” Did it work? Hee hee, ha ha. How has everyone been doing since I last communicated with you? Some of you took my advice and wanted to know more about my parent’s story. For the rest of you, you can find it here: https://amzn.to/2OyERu0
All’s cool with me—thanks for asking. School is about to start again and I look forward to my junior year. My adopted sister, Miriam, will join me as a junior also, which is good because we are the best of friends. I’d like to tell you a little about her so here goes!
When I was almost twelve, my dad was sent on a Top Secret mission. My mom, brothers, and I did not know at the time where he was going but it turns out he was sent to Iraq to rescue another oppressed victim from tyranny. In this case, she turned out to be Miriam.
Back in 2006, my dad and his team were conducting operations in Fallujah, Iraq. This city in the al-Anbar Province along with Ramadi was the birthplace of the “Awakening”. This movement, also known as “The Sons of Iraq” or the “Sahwah” was a unified effort between local Sunni tribal leaders and Coalition forces to remove the influence of Al-Qaeda.
When my dad treated a young five-year-old girl for shrapnel wounds and nursed her to health, she was like his shadow. He also became close friends with Sheik Abdullah from the Albu Nimr tribe as a result—particularly because she, Miriam, was his daughter.
Anyway, seven years later in 2013, ISIS began a sweep back into Iraq from Syria and took over the cities in the al-Anbar province. At first, Sheik Abdullah’s Albu Minr tribe welcomed them warmly because of what they saw as a corrupt Shi’a led government in Baghdad. Then, the people saw how ISIS commanders committed atrocities against anyone opposed to their view. This was the first sign of alarm for many of the local Sunni tribes.
When an ISIS commander took Sheik Abdullah’s oldest daughter in a semi-forcible marriage, he got word out to the CIA with a specific request for my dad, “Commander Hawk,” to come get his youngest daughter to live in the United States and in exchange, he would provide valuable intelligence about an ISIS plan to attack Baghdad.
When I later found out about what my dad went through to get her, I was extremely upset. I’m not going to tell you why though. You’ll have to read it for yourself.
Well, gotta run! Stay cool—like me! Hee hee, hah, hah,
P.S. Here is a picture of my beautiful sister, Mariam. She’s come a long way since arriving from Iraq. And oh, I have been teaching her Martial Arts for almost three years, so…
Lord, you have been and still are my light that guides me through the darkness. You have been and are my salvation—saving me from physical danger and from spiritual annihilation…from Satan’s schemes and clutches. Because this is so, whom shall I fear? The leftist guerrillas in Colombia, South America? You rescued me from their evil scheme and saved me from their destructive bombing in 1976.
Of whom shall I be afraid? The Soviet KGB? You prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies and I enjoyed several delicious meals with the shrewd agent. In the end, I handed him your Word—the Word of God.
How about the Sunni insurgents? Yes, I went to battle in the Middle East four times and came back each time unscathed…despite being on the front lines with the Marines during the Gulf War, residing in Camp “Bombaconda” for a year, and flying around the country of Iraq day and night, making high-risk deliveries to our team. The fact is, you even provided me the information that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein himself.
Because you are the Lord my God—the stronghold of my life…I need not be afraid of anyone. I just need to be still and know that you are God.
(Scripture based on selections from Psalm 23, 27 and 46).
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)
Asha Hawkins first appeared in AL M. Scott's novella, FLAME IN PARADISE (Tate, 2014). His second edition was written under his given name, Scott A. Meehan as THE HAWKINS: ARMY OF ONE (2015). The third edition is now part 2 of LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR (Creativia, 2017). The eleven-turn-twelve year old daughter of Ron and Sarah Hawkins is a feisty Karate Black Belt tween who quickly becomes one of the primary characters in the Hawkins family. Beginning her own GEN Z series, Asha comes of age in the year 2025 and becomes the first female to complete all five phases of the Special Forces training to earn her Green Beret. Sent on dangerous missions like her father before her, Asha fights world-wide evil, such as the Human Trafficking epidemic and modern day slavery. Enjoy Asha's Ramblins' as depicted in her current teenage years (sixteen) while living and attending school at Fort Campbell, Kentucky...as a typical Army Brat.