Signed copies of books as gift for donation that benefits familes of fallen soldiers

booksEveryone has seen in the news the failure of the government to send survivor benefits to military families who lost a loved one at war. Shutdown, and all. So the Fisher House has taken over.

To help the Fisher House (rather, the families they’re helping), I’m selling all of the copies of the signing & giveaway left-overs I have lying around my house that are of no use to anyone and that are cluttering up the place. I’m sending the Fisher House 100% of the proceeds. If you buy a (signed) book, you’re essentially donating to the Fisher House and getting a gift in return. Think of it as lower-scale NPR donation drives (and less annoying, because this is the only post I’ll write – but I hope you share it! – and, of course, pick a book for yourself).

The Fisher House traditionally uses the money it receives through donations to provide homes to military family members “to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.”

Their current priority, however, is using the donations they receive to help pay initial survivor benefits. The money helps pay for funeral costs and travel to meet the body when it’s flown from overseas.

As the spouse of a service member who deployed to Iraq, and, before we were together, Afghanistan, I think this is a critical effort. (Even people who don’t know anyone in the military are appalled by the elimination of initial survivor benefits to family members of military personnel killed overseas.)

When I called this morning to ask how long they would be allocating funds toward that effort, the woman who answered the phone said, “We’re in it for as long as we’re needed. Until an agreement is reached or the shutdown is over.”

To purchase any of the books in the list below – one written under my own name, the other two (non-fic/humor) written under my pseudonym – simply visit PayPal and use my email address, ktsetsi AT gmail DOT com, to buy your book. Please specify which book you’d like when making your payment. Cost per book is listed below, and it’s as much as or less than what I paid for the copies I have. Add $3.50 for shipping ($.98 for the envelope and $2.53 for media mail) to anywhere in the U.S./APO.

If the shutdown ends or the government finds a way to make sure the families get the benefits when they need them, I’ll still donate 100% of the proceeds to the Fisher House. I’ll enclose a photo of the check at the end of this sale, which will last for as long as I have the copies. (A quick buyout would mean just one trip to the post office, which would be awesome! Please tell your friends!)

Thank you if you read this far. I hope you’ll find one of the following to your liking (or, heckidy doo, even useful as a gag gift).

REMINDER: BOOKS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED THROUGH PAYPAL. Address for payment: ktsetsi AT gmail DOT com

(Of course, to send them a donation straight out, just visit http://fisherhouse.org.)

Pretty Much True… (10 6 copies available): $14 (plus shipping)
No Children, No Guilt (6 5 copies available): $4 (plus shipping)
What Every Woman Wishes Modern Men Knew About Women (3 1 copies available): $4 (plus shipping)

"Yes, this book does help readers with coming to terms with the reality that they never want children, but you will turn the pages grinning, definitely be prone to giggling or even laughing out loud, as I did."  - Laura Carroll
“Yes, this book does help readers with coming to terms with the reality that they never want children, but you will turn the pages grinning, definitely be prone to giggling or even laughing out loud, as I did.” – Laura Carroll
"The uniformed soldiers just outside the doorway need not say a word -- the spouse inside already knows what they are about to say.  It is a painful and familiar scene, one played out often in fiction. But what was life like at home, before the fateful knock? " - Stars and Stripes
“The uniformed soldiers just outside the doorway need not say a word — the spouse inside already knows what they are about to say. It is a painful and familiar scene, one played out often in fiction. But what was life like at home, before the fateful knock? ” – Stars and Stripes
"It taught this old dog some new tricks. Interestingly, it's an eye-opener for women, too." - Geek and Jock
“It taught this old dog some new tricks. Interestingly, it’s an eye-opener for women, too.” – Geek and Jock
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