Some of my close friends and Bujinkan colleagues serve 'd' in the militaries around the world. Many, whether slightly or heavily, also suffer PTSD. This impacts on their lives and also their friends, family and community. Studying martial art in freedom and offering some financial support to those who protect such is something honoured & valued in this dojo.
Keith Gordon Miller served in WWI at the age of 17. I inherited his diaries and a flag he carried through his campaign from March 1918 to November 1918. He fought in the 3rd Div under Monash in battles that stopped and then drove the Germans out of Northern France. The flag details each place and village he visited and those fought through after leaving Sydney. What he wrote in his pocket book while fighting is remarkable. He re-wrote this in 1921 and again in 1967 re-witnessing the events.
Bujinkan colleagues - Dai Shihans - Phillip Legare USMC Master Sergeant retired and Mark Lithgow support this year's effort - 2019 - to raise some more money. We hope your attendance at Mark's seminar just prior to Remembrance day will add to this campaign. For a donation you will receive access to Keith's records - written during and after the war. They were his cathartic practice to deal with this issue. Your donation will give you access to these records via an automatic email and monies will go direct to Soldier On. - Bujinkan Kokusai Dojo Dai Shihan - John Cantor.