Today’s spotlight is on Elizabeth Kilbride.
Betty as she’s know to her friends (yes, I get to call her Betty) came into my life awhile back when I heard her do a talk radio interview about the book she had written about called “Soul of American Warriors”. The book which I will describe later through a synopsis from the publisher was being touted not just for its’ content but for the ability to raise funds for the 3 Navy Seals who were accused of “abusing a terrorist insurgent” (oh, there’s a thought) and their subsequent legal defense. The Seals were acquitted much to the efforts of Betty and others that saw to the Seals getting the best possible legal defense. The cost of this defense is staggering and Betty and her publisher have decided to help with this great cause.
The press release form Betty’s publisher says it best:
<Author & Publisher Rally Support Behind Three Navy SEAL’s.
Elizabeth Kilbride and Father’s Press Publishing announced they would donate $4 from the sale of Kilbride’s book “Soul of American Warrior” to the Navy SEAL’s Defense Fund.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEE SUMMIT, MO – Kilbride’s donation is aimed at helping to offset the overwhelming legal fees associated with defending three U.S. Navy SEALs – SO2 Matthew McCabe, SO2 Jonathan Keefe and SO1 Julio Huertas – who have been charged with abuse of a terrorist insurgent.
“Matt McCabe and his fellow SEALs have the best possible legal representation. The best comes with a price tag,” Kilbride said firmly. Mike Smitley, owner of Father’s Press Publishing, said, “Having been to Iraq with our warriors, then writing about them, Kilbride knows their sacrifices first-hand, which is why she wanted to do more than just verbally give her support. We intend to help these SEALs by providing them with two strategic weapons to help them fight their battle — a book to help educate their fellow Americans and some funds to help in their defense.”
Ok so you see Betty is the real deal. Heart’s big as the moon, smart and originally from New York. Stuff Hollywood movies were made of once upon a time. the following information will bring you up to date witht he book and Betty. Please support this cause. If this isn’t important, than nothing is…
At the invitation of a Marine Corps general, who was impressed by her book on World War II, Elizabeth Kilbride accompanied a Marine unit to Iraq for five weeks in the spring of 2006. This is a memoir of that journey along with one to battlefields in Vietnam.
In her own words, “I went from the average DC resident to boom, being in a war zone—no basic training for me…. Each one of the Marines made me feel like I was a part of their unit—a unique opportunity for a writer to have.” But though treated “as if I were their sister,” the ride was not all honeymoon for Kilbride. She quickly learned that “Independent media…are treated as their considered second-class citizens, unless you are a big name reporter.” Nonetheless, this was a “defining moment” in her life that would not have been possible if she were a “big name reporter.” She learned that there’s another side to the story in Iraq that’s not being reported by the media, a story “of our Armed Forces who are performing such amazing acts of compassion to help others in our name.” Kilbride reports this story with deft insight and a passion for truth. Especially provocative is her accusation that politicians and reporters exploit the armed services for political and personal gain by focusing solely on bombings and terrorist attacks. Consequently, the American people are ignorant of the good things the warriors are accomplishing in Iraq. “The forgotten warriors of this war are the Marines of the Al Anbar Province. This is probably because they do not complain, and are rarely mentioned in the media, unless there have been casualties.” This is a gross injustice that Kilbride claims can only be rectified by drastic action. “It is very clear when you consider the evidence being presented to us that there needs to be a complete change on Capitol Hill in upcoming elections. Both House and Senate need to be cleared out completely.” The media must also be held accountable for promoting mistrust and lies about the armed forces. “While the media plays politics using our military as fodder in their reports during war, they are aiding the enemy. This is a form of treason, which is dangerous and deadly to those in uniform….the media can take credit for any casualties, both during Vietnam and in the war in Iraq.” Bold words indeed. But how is this change in political opinion to take place? That everyone read Soul of American Warriors? Though she might like this, Kilbride suggests that the answer can only come when every American experiences a “defining moment,” like she has had. One profound suggestion is that every American visit a battlefield, walk inside a bunker, and feel the horror of war still residing there. This gutsy book lacks the grammatical polish of mainstream journalism, but rightfully so, since this is a dispatch directly from the heart. This book is highly recommended for relatives and friends of service members being deployed to a war zone. Every library serving a U.S. military community should acquire it.
Review by Richard Barone, MWSA Reviewer (May 2010)
Author of SOUL OF AN AMERICAN WARRIOR: A Writer’s Journey Comes Full Circle Elizabeth Kilbride
Ms. Kilbride is a seasoned professional who has achieved multiple levels of success in Washington, DC. As a former consultant and lobbyist for the military and defense industry, she was instrumental in helping to determine and fulfill revenue requirements related to military and defense initiatives. Having grown up in a very strong New York military family, her passion and love for those who serve in uniform, lead her on a path to work closely with the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, and various veterans’ organizations throughout her career. Her expertise and extensive knowledge of the military gave her the advantage in leveraging government and private sector resources for programs to benefit those who serve in uniform, both on the streets at home and around the world.
Throughout her career, Ms. Kilbride has been instrumental in helping various military and veteran’s organizations bring about changes with respect to national defense, national security and veterans benefit issues. Because of her involvement in over 300 political campaigns, she gained the respect of both political parties in Washington, DC. Knowing the social, economic and political ramifications affecting our military forces, she was invited to speak before both Congressional and Veterans Affairs Committees in support of national defense and veterans benefits. Her background and passion gained her an invitation from the United States Marine Corps to join them as the first embedded media to deploy as a member of a unit as they entered Iraq. Ms. Kilbride currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Look, there are plenty of causes that call to our souls. If we do not realize that these men; and men and women just like them are not allowed to defend our freedoms and be protected while doing it, we are FINISHED as a nation. I ask that to please buy this book, tell your friends to buy it and help the cause. The book itself is extraordinary and you will have an insight into our military like you have never experienced.
Betty is now a good friend, someone who I feel called to know and as it goes with God, that’s all I need…
As Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen used to say,
God Love you!!