New Book Says that Gratitude is More than ‘The Cap’

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John Spann tells of sacrifices of veterans, inspires gratitude among fellowmen.

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John Spann calls out to his fellowmen to express their gratitude to the soldiers and servicemen who unselfishly fought for their country. More than just “The Cap” (published by Xlibris) the discharged men receive, for Spann, what veterans need is genuine appreciation from their own homeland and people. This, adds the author, is his contribution to stop the veteran suicide and public violence that continue to rise.

“Twenty-two plus war veterans commit suicide every day, the public violence that is ramped in our nation and abroad. There is a fundamental breach in our society that has left us desensitized and disconnected,” Spann says. “We must embrace that we all can do something to change the cores of veterans committing suicide, bulling and public violence. Speak up, look and do something kind - it will make a difference.”

“The Cap” is a story to educate citizens and war veterans of the need to recognize visually who the veterans are and for civilians to thank them for their service. This book talks about PTSD, public violence, the sissy syndrome, the power of forgiveness, with notes of American history and socialism, JFK, Nelson Mandela, Cincinnatus, the great depression, WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War.

A memoir, this book shows eras from author’s younger years growing up on a cotton farm, share cropping, racial integration, up to the birth of the computer and landing on the moon. “The Cap” is filled with feel-good experiences and the days as a military service man. Its rhythm and tempo will keep readers engaged, inspired and coming back for more as it weaves author’s experiences into the grander scale of history and socially relevant themes.

An excerpt from the book:
“I was poor and didn’t have the cash to pay the man for the quick stay in purgatory so I hung there from 1966 to 2012 until a lady took my cold and dirty hands and said “I want to thank you for your service.” I didn’t burn my draft card or marry a Canadian lady. I was called to serve my country, I showed up, front and center, along with millions more American kids just like me. So give a hoot thank a boot and let’s provide every vet with War Veteran cap so we can see them than thank them for their service!”

“The Cap”
By John Spann
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 158 pages | ISBN 9781514416365
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 158 pages | ISBN 9781514416372
E-Book | 158 pages | ISBN 9781514416358
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John Spann is an 81-year-old who served full term in the Air Force then attained a degree in psychology. Spann has worked with troubled kids as a councilor. Later, he enjoyed working his ranch and spend time talking with his horses. He now resides in Granbury, with a dream to accomplish. He writes “The Cap” so that his fellow countrymen who served in the army would get the gratitude and appreciation they deserve.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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