I don’t know Tara O’Grady, wouldn’t recognize her if I was standing next to her in an elevator. A few days ago I received an email from her asking for help. At first the cynic in me thought it was some sort of scam, maybe someone in Nigeria. But I checked, and Tara is the real deal, the daughter of a Thud driver who never returned from Vietnam. The loss of Colonel John O’Grady devastated his widow and seven children. His remains were never recovered, and the only memento left is Panel 18E, Line 12, at the Vietnam Memorial.
And Tara wants to take her children to the Wall to visit their grandfather. She needs help. She has a GoFundMe website where anyone interested in helping out can make a donation to raise money for her trip.
I know, first-hand, what it’s like to suddenly lose a father at a young age.You never get over it. Two days ago marked fifty-four years since my father was murdered, and I spent the whole day thinking about it. If you read Hamfist Down!, you know the story.
I want to help Tara. I made a small donation, and I’d like to ask the visitors to my website to consider donating one dollar to Tara’s campaign. To sweeten the deal, I’d like to offer a bribe.
If you donate any amount, one dollar, I will email you the Kindle file to any of my already-published books. Since they all sell for more than $1, this will be a real win for both you and Tara. And it won’t cost me a dime. A real win/win/win.
So here’s the deal: if you make a donation in any amount, you will receive an email confirmation from GoFundMe. Forward the email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a note telling me what book you want, and I’ll send it to you ASAP.
This won’t increase my sales numbers with Amazon one bit, but I will sure get a warm feeling helping out the family of a brother-in-arms. And you’ll get a good read at a great price. Let’s send Tara and her kids to Washington!