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YOU HAVE TO LIVE HARD TO BE HARD By Dan Laguna

Dan Laguna is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, a 160th pilot who later went to work for Blackwater USA in Iraq as a contractor. This book recounts, with vivid detail, his personal experiences in these positions. Mr. Laguna speaks of events that occurred during the performance of these jobs with respect to his peers and leaders. The Laguna family’s spiritual perspective is interwoven with the  tactical stories of this man’s careers. Some readers may be surprised at the open and frank manner in chich Mr. Laguna shares intimate and personal details of his faith, family and friendships, and the manner in which he copes with the losses encountered in his work. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet him with recognize that this book is an extension of his sense of duty, honor and his personal ethos. This book is recommended to all. youhavetolivehardtobehard.com Published by Laguna Publishing //264 pages//hardcover//$25

By Gloria Shytles

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As the 4th of July approaches I am reminded of how great our country is. This country was founded on freedom and our brave soldiers sacrifice everyday for us to remain free. They do the hard things that most of us do not want to do and we would not be free if it weren’t for our soldiers.

I want to personally thank each and everyone who has served in the armed forces protecting our freedoms.  I also want to thank the families who also sacrifice for our freedom.  I personally know the toll the military life style has on the family and the soldier individually. I want to also thank my family, my wife, my children, and my mother and father for supporting me in my career as a Special Operations Soldier. Thank you and God Bless America.

My book You Have To Live Hard To Be Hard One Mans Life in Special Operations tells my life story and what it was like for myself and my family during my 30 years of military service, most of which was spent in special operations. I was a Special Forces Green Beret during my first 10 years of the Army and a Special Operations helicopter pilot for the TF 160th SOAR most of my remaining years in the Army. The book documents my near fatal helicopter accident in 1994 in which my good friend, Carlos Guerrero was sadly killed, and my lengthy recovery and return to duty a year later. It also tells about the events of January 23rd, 2007 in which my brother and 4 other men were killed on the same mission that I and my crew survived.

The book can be purchased at    http://www.youhavetolivehardtobehard.com/

In honor of our Special Operations Soldiers we also have “You Have To Live Hard To Be HardTshirts and Hats for sale. Visit our website at www.livehardtobehard.com

Dad and Art …. I miss you both so much. Life is not the same but I know deep down that we will be together again. Family is FOREVER! Dad, I know Memorial Day was your favorite holiday and in 2004 it was also the day you decided to go back to heaven. Tell Art I miss him and that I am sorry for how things ended for him. I would do anything to change it if I could. I know you both are in good company with the many heroes from our country through the ages. The rest of us here are doing our best to carry on and to make you both proud. You and Art are always in our prayers.

As for my other brave brothers who died in combat, thanks for your service and sacrifice to keep us all free. I pray our country will remain free and that your sacrifice was not in vain. God Bless America.

Art on Aloha Friday in Baghdad

Dad with some of his grandchildren in 1986.

January 23, 2007 brothers in Arms who gave all