Memorial Day Thoughts

My Memorial Day Editorial in S.F. Chronicle op-ed, May 28th, 2018, Open Forum, article, “Protect the services for those who served,” (https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Protect-the-services-needed-by-those-who-served-12945191.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result) examines how 20 veterans a day are committing suicide every day or 720 a year. Not great stats for a country relying on an all-volunteer military. My article requests 8 weeks discharge training [...]

By | May 28th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Vietnam’s Lies Haunt U.S.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, May 22, 2018, article in the World section titled; "Afghan war progress," examines how a U.S. government report is taking issue with the idea that the 17 + year fight has shifted in favor of the Afghan government. Yes, Afghan security forces are improving but have made minimum progress toward [...]

By | May 22nd, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Memorial Day Novel Review

This review comes from a reader who was given a copy to review my novel, "Curse of the Coloring Book, a novel. Check out this and other reviews at Amazon.com. Be sure and use the word novel or you will find "cursing coloring books," Everyday life and war experiences fit together about as well as [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Israel Set to Spark Middle East Disaster

In the San Francisco Chronicle, May 15, 2018, article, “Israeli troops kill dozens in Gaza protest,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/world/middleeast/gaza-protests-palestinians-us-embassy.html) examines how Israeli troops killed 57 Palestinians and wounded 1,200 during protests of the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem and other complaints. Have to say, shooting protesting Arab civilians is the type of insane move that will [...]

By | May 16th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Philippine/ U.S. Military Exercises a Must

In the San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2018, World News of the Day, page A-2, article; “Military Exercises,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Philippine-leader-warns-of-armed-response-to-12604150.php) examines how the U.S. and Philippine are engaging in joint military exercises. The Philippines has been distancing itself from the U.S. for years, even closing military bases like Clark Air Force Base, but with China building [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Curse of Coloring Book, novel, 5 Star Review

Howard L. Hibbard, a Viet Nam combat veteran has chosen to relive his experiences through the eyes of his fictional protagonist, Herald Lloyd, in “Curse of the Coloring Book – A Novel Inspired by a True Story.” Hibbard masterfully incorporates the elements of good storytelling as he draws the reader into Herald’s life. Tired of [...]

By | May 4th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

No Tolerance for Military Sexual Assault

In the San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2018, page A-4, article: “Sexual assault reports up 10%, (https://www.pressreader.com/usa/san-francisco-chronicle/20180426/283300343158405) examines how reports of sexual assaults jumped by nearly 10% in 2017. The overall increase was fueled by a nearly 15% surge in sexual assault reports in the Marine Corps. The Marines were the center of last years [...]

By | April 26th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan Heroin Quagmire

In the San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2018, World News of the Day, #4, Afghanistan violence ( https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/what-explains-afghanistans-early-2018-surge-in-violence/) examines the rise in violence from ISIS and Taliban over the past year. What is amazing is Afghanistan is the largest supplier of heroin in the world. Pakistan is Sunni and Iran, Shiite, both fighting several guerrilla [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Warrior at the Mall

In the New York Times article, Sunday Review section, article, “Warrior at the Mall,” ( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/opinion/sunday/the-warrior-at-the-mall.html) examines the complicated philosophical gap between a veteran and, after discharge, democratic civilians who placed him in harm’s way. This article is written by a Lieutenant Platoon leader on the disconnect between the military, in far flung foreign adventures, [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Amazon: 4.9 Stars for novel, Curse of the Coloring Book

Amazon rating for my novel, “Curse of the Coloring Book, based on a true story, 4.9 out of 5 stars. Here is copy of a posted review. "Hibbard gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a combat soldier during Vietnam and more importantly does a good job exploring the long-term effects war has [...]

By | April 13th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments