Michael Bluemling, Jr. | Open Letter
Michael Bluemling, Jr., is a former Sergeant of Soldiers and author of "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Civilian," who overcame abuse to become a success story, after his transition from soldier to civilian. He shares his insight with fellow veterans, to help them through this arduous process, successfully.
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Open Letter

Open Letter

When I started my business, Power of One, in 2013 I was building the foundation of where I am today. I was branding myself and building trust with people who will be behind the efforts to actually reach the people in need, before it is too late for them. There are many ramifications from enduring abuse emotionally, psychologically and physically with scars that never go away internally and visibly on the outside. When I wrote Turning the Page: Overcoming Abuse to Reach Life’s Fulfillment, it was my first action step to help others move forward in their lives without anyone knowing what had happened to them, if they chose to keep it private within themselves. Now in 2017, I need your help. I need help in spreading my message and also in supporting me as I work to provide the resources and education globally to those people I am called to serve.

When I was about seven years old and as I was in the middle of a very turbulent abusive beat down at the hands of my father, I had a very distinct thought. That thought was that no woman or child should ever be abused, humiliated, treated like a piece of trash and or sexually forced to submit to anyone on Earth. This is a complete violation of a person’s dignity and is a horrible burden of pain to carry around for the remainder of a one’s life. Even at a young age I knew that my life’s mission would be to help millions of people overcome their agony with faith, hope, and love.

My very first memory in itself scarred me for life and that was as a three-year-old. You can really learn a lot about yourself when you are tortured, abandoned and left for dead by the people that brought you into this world as a child. Many people have no idea what that does to your soul and also the mountain that must be climbed to be psychologically sound in this world. My story is one of overcoming and also making sure that no person endures what I did in their lives. The problem lies in; how do you do that? How do you change the world and also change the lives of others when all you have is faith in God as your compass?

The very first idea I had, when I was seven, was to have a shelter that woman and children could go to so that they could escape the violence that terrorized their lives. Pretty amazing for a kid to think like that right? As you can see from the story so far, my life is destined for a higher calling and I know in my heart that the abuse I endured was for a specific reason; building the foundation of what is to come has been in the works for years.

The calling I have is not something that one person can shoulder on their own. It is going to take a concerted effort with other people who are equally passionate about helping individuals who have been abused. At this point in my life I realize for me to reach the vision I have, I must break free from fear publicly. The fear of failing and the fear of people not believing in the work I do. From the military shaping me to the higher level of education I have been able to obtain that shaped my mind, I am ready to shed the trepidation that has been under the surface for years.

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