Tom Barnes is a retired Coast Guard warrant officer, a retired employee development specialist (GS-13) from the Smithsonian Institution and he spent a little time teaching public high school business courses in Northern Virginia after he retired from the Service. He is a totally disabled veteran (IU).
This book has been written as an attempt to get inside the mind of disabled veterans in the 21st Century using a fictional set of characters to tell one disabled veteran's story. Although many of the characters in the novel are real people, there must be no presumption that the author has any unique insight into their thoughts or intentions. They are used simply to move the story forward.
Tom's education is extensive. B.A. in Liberal Arts from Mount Saint Mary's RC College, Emmitsburg, MD 1975. B.S. in General Business from University of the State of New York, Regents, in 1995. M.Ed. (Secondary Education) Beaver College, Glenside, PA in 1995. M.A. (Human Resources Management) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2000. M.A. (Human Performance Systems) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2003. Tom studied for a short while toward his Ph.D. in Adult Basic Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia earning 26 credits toward that degree. He took classes at both GMU and Virginia Tech. When he was declared totally disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tom saw that study was no longer possible.
Tom would welcome the opportunity to hear from you and gain your insights into this novel and your comments once you have read it through to the end. Comments from disabled veterans are especially desired.
Tom can be reached at:
6300 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304-3554
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