Josh Goblowsky recently released his new children’s book, “Josh’s World.” It’s about a baby dragon with disabilities and how he sees the world. Josh was severely injured at the age of 3 in an hit-and-run involving two semi trucks.
The massive Traumatic Brain Injury effected every area of his life; cognitive, emotional, and physical. He has been through two thousand appointments in the sixteen years since the injury. His cognitive abilities have suffered the most severe part of the injury.
His father, Mark Goblowsky, was an Air Force veteran and took it upon himself to make sure that Josh’s life was as normal as possible. Now, in his 20s, Josh still has the emotional maturity of a 10-year-old, but an indomitable spirit. He wanted to write a book so that other children and young adults with disabilities could relate to his situation.
They brought in illustrator, Justin William Gordon for the drawings. Josh created a list of chapter ideas and story content with Jennifer Perea, who helped get his thoughts down on paper. Mark handled the publishing duties.
Joshua is donating 100% of the proceeds to the Sunshine Foundation which helps chronically ill children fulfill their dreams.
As of 2022, the market size of the Children’s Book Publishing industry is $2.6 billion, an increase of 2.22% from 2021. (IBIS world website, 2022)
Josh’s book has been featured in SHIFT Magazine’s March/April issue with a full review and recap of Josh’s story.
“I’m really proud of Josh for doing this, it’s a great way for him to connect with other young people around the world and share his story which in many ways are like Josh’s story.” – Mark Goblowsky
To purchase a copy of “Josh’s World,” go to Amazon: www.amazon.com/Joshs-World-Joshua-Michael-Goblowsky/dp/B09NRB43ZD
Ottawa, ON – In the early stages of the First World War, Germany captured Vimy Ridge in northern France and turned it into a strong defensive position.
Ottawa, ON – In the early stages of the First World War, Germany captured Vimy Ridge in northern France and turned it into a strong defensive position. With its complex system of tunnels and trenches, and a heavy arsenal of machine guns and artillery pieces, the Germans established a nearly impenetrable fortress that the Allies struggled to overtake. Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops would be killed or wounded in unsuccessful assaults on Vimy Ridge in 1914 and 1915.
By the spring of 1917, with Europe having been at war for more than two-and-a-half years and neither side gaining significant ground, a major attack was planned for April in the area around Arras, France.
It would fall to the Canadians to capture Vimy Ridge.
For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps would fight together as one formation. After spending all winter strengthening the lines, preparing for the assault and training rigorously, the first wave of between 15,000 and 20,000 Canadian soldiers attacked on the morning of 9 April 1917.
In the first phase of the assault, Canadian battalions suffered great numbers of casualties as they came up against fierce and deadly machine gun fire. But by noon of that first day, most of the heavily defended ridge was captured and by 12 April, the Allies commanded the heights overlooking the Douai Plain.
In remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the heroism and sacrifices of those who fought so hard to help secure peace in Europe during the First World War.
“Despite the enormous losses suffered by the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, they achieved a victory that still today is remembered as one of Canada’s most important military accomplishments. At a time of great instability in the world, we honour the memory of all those who fought and died at Vimy Ridge by pledging to do everything we can to preserve and protect the peace and freedom that their sacrifice helped to give us.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
“The bravery and sacrifice demonstrated by Canadian soldiers during the Battle of Vimy Ridge contributed to one of the most significant Allied victories of the First World War. The courageous actions of Canadians in uniform during the great conflicts of the first half of the 20th century, and those of Canadian Armed Forces members in more recent years, have helped ensure that peace and freedom remain pillars of Canadian society. Lest we forget.”
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Department of National Defence
Office of the Minister of National Defence
The war to end all wars came to a close 103 years ago. It was called Armistice Day, for the next 30 plus years until a Kansas shoe storeowner named Al King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. By act of Congress, November 11th has been Veterans Day ever since.
Every American owes a debt to those who serve their country. It is a debt that cannot be repaid by simply waving a flag or slapping a magnetic sticker on their car.
There are men and women who put their lives on the line every single day to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and all who call the United States home. Regardless of your political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or even citizenship status, you are being defended today by Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen around the world. Whether you go about a daily routine as a business leader, a professional athlete, a teacher, a civil service worker, a politician, a lawyer or even if you are a criminal, are unethical or lack integrity, the members of the U.S. Armed Forces place all of us ahead of themselves.
They deserve more. Today is a good day to recognize that obligation and resolve to do something to even the score.
For many of you, writing a check makes things simple, in which case there are many excellent programs that could really use your help. Folds of Honor, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Operation Homefront, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center and Troops First Foundation are just a few of many.
If you operate a business, think about what your company can do to demonstrate your appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Any special consideration you give would earn you the respect of all who have served. It is the right thing to do and now is the time to do it.
For most Americans, the most rewarding contribution is a donation of time. Make yourself a promise to visit a veteran’s hospital for a few hours on your day off. You will come away richer for the experience. Or call any one of numerous non-profit military support organizations and ask how you can volunteer. There are so many of worthy causes to choose from.
“I encourage you to support companies that make it part of their mission to give back to the military members and their families. If your lead a company and have not done so yet, I challenge you to stand up a military program and I am happy to help.”
Here are a few companies with strong Military programs;
– Acorns – https://get.acorns.com/military
– NortonLifeLock – https://us.norton.com/store?promocode=md
– Golf Channel – www.MilitaryTeeTimes.com
– Vail Resorts – www.epicpass.com/info/military
– 1-800-Flowers – www.1800flowers.com/MilitaryUSA
– UNTUCKit – www.untuckit.com/military
Make this Veterans Day a special one. Honor America’s Veterans with more than just words. Get involved. Our entire country will be better off when you do.
Kevin T.K. Sullivan, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.) served 20 years as an Aviation Officer with the United States Army. He is president of Leading Points Corporation a company that assists businesses in establishing themselves within the military and government markets by creating programs designed to support all members of the U.S. Armed Forces, all Veterans, and all Military Family Members. Kevin continues to serve as senior executive & corporate development advisor for various startups and military charities across the country.
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