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Helping veterans just in time for Christmas
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CONUS stands for CONtinental United States and is a term regularly used by US military personnel. The focus of CONUS Battle Drills is to help veterans as they transition out of military life into civilian live in the areas of finding employment, being a loving father and husband, and maintaining mental health.
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This book details in an autobiographical format, the difficulties and challenges I faced when I got out and how to avoid the same mistakes or capitalize on the things I did right. Suicide, Divorce, and unemployment rates are all higher for the veteran population than they are for the civilian population, this book and the accompanying webpage (www.conusbattledrills.com) is an effort to help educate veterans to curb these problems. For the cover, I am looking to capture a lot of emotion: anger, loneliness, depression, but yet perseverance because there is hope for the future. I imagine a man walking alone in a foggy road in a suit carrying a folded american flag. Behind the man is a wolf looking at the reader. There is very little color in the image, maybe the eyes of the wolf, the man's tie, and the flag. The title and subtitle are in a deep red color: CONUS Battle Drills A Guide for Combat Veterans to Corporate Life, Parenthood, and Caging the Beast Inside I am publishing with createspace and have attached the measurements in the PDF below. Please leave room for a barcode on the back UPDATE: The man in the image has been through a lot. He has been cold, wet, tired, hungry, and afraid. He has buried friends and lived through the hardship of war. He has decided to move off the battlefield and enter the civilian world. This is a transition he doesn't know anything about (hence the fog). He is a worn out soldier in a suit, but he is pressing on because his family needs him and he's hopeful about the future. The wolf is the beast inside. My unit was once surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy. They started to close in on my position. I unleashed the beast and attacked furiously sending accurate gunfire on their positions so we could move to higher ground and defend ourselves. That capacity for violence is what saved my life overseas, that is what the wolf represents. In this new life, that wolf needs to be controlled, so he needs to be behind the man, not in a cloud or in the sky. It's important that the wolf looks like something that can be controlled since thats the part of the book about "caging the beast inside" I don't want to see the man's face. I want the soldier who is reading this book to be able to see himself in the image. This will resonate with guys coming back from combat. I've had four friends kill themselves because they lost control of their lives and the demons in their mind. This book is part of a larger effort to keep that from happening in the future. It's raw, visceral, and honest.
Please include the attached picture of my family and the following text on the back: Every day veterans are getting out of the military and have no idea about the world that awaits them. They don't know how to find a job, and so they have higher unemployment rates than the civilian population. They don't know how to quell the beast inside, and so they have higher divorce rates than the civilian population. They don't know how to defeat the demons that ravage their minds, and so they have higher suicide rates than the civilian population. This book isn't going to solve all your problems, but it will provide you with some techniques on how to navigate the obstacles that you are going to face and together we can start to make a difference. About the Author: Louis J. Fernandez is a former Captain who served 7 years in the US Army. The first four years were as an Infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne division where he deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. The last three years of his career, he was an Intelligence officer working worldwide counter-WMD. His awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Bronze Stars for service, a Combat Infantryman's Badge, Airborne Wings, and a Ranger Tab.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
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It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
louis.jonathan.fernandez collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
This is the second job I've done with Alexandre, "Portugal." This time I didn't do the contest--I knew I wanted Alexandre to do my second cover. He did not disappoint--it is exactly what I asked for and once again he used his expertise and creative eye to make things better than my original request. I also really love how it matches the first cover in a color/font scheme so it looks really professional. This was my first experience asking someone directly to do work and Alexandre was fast, professional, and a delight to work with. I can't recommend his services enough. He is really good at designing book covers!
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