OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER: Local author gives back to wounded warriors with second novel

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 07:03 PM.

"I was inspired by exploring the emotions of a normal person who must become a warrior — doing things otherwise inconceivable — to regain her life," Lowell explained.

After finishing "Jasper's War," Lowell heard about Soldiers' Angels and their wait list of 200 wounded warriors who, because of injuries sustained during fighting, were in need of voice-activated laptops. That's when he decided to donate 100 percent of his book's proceeds, calling the initiative OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER. To promote the cause, he recently made presentations in Washington D.C., where he formally launched OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER and New York City, where he spoke to at-risk teenagers advising them to "have a dream, be patient and persistent... and open your heart to the inspiration and guidance of those who seek to mentor us."

"Following these presentations I learned a vital truth," Lowell said. "If we are able to articulate our experience hoping to inspire others, the beneficiaries multiply. We also benefit from coming full circle in our lives. Sharing it with others, in simple candor, completes our experience."

As much as Lowell enjoys writing, it has perhaps been the opportunity to help United States veterans that has been more rewarding.

"I have learned that helping others, whether it is through communication equipment or life inspiration, is a joyous blessing," he said. "It is inconceivable to me how blessed I have been. That blessing has taken me to another level of understanding of life, friendship, love, community, respect and simple joy."

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