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  • VETERANS DAY: Chaplains, churches bolster U.S. troops

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Calvary Baptist Church
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On his first deployment, now-retired Brigadier General Chaplain Carlton Fisher was shot at one night while out for a jog. In Afghanistan, he was near several firefights. At one point, insurgents launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a tower on the forward operating base where he was stationed.

    Chaplains may serve as noncombatants in the military but that doesn't always mean they're far from combat when serving troops on the battlefield.

    During his final deployment in 2008, Fisher traveled with the 926th Engineer ... Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: What my son taught me about freedom

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- My perspective on "patriotic" holidays has changed since my oldest son joined the Army.

    As a ninth-grader Caleb told me he wanted to go to West Point. As a mom, I heard his big dream as if he were still the 8-year old boy who in a basketball game handed the ball to the opposing team because "they hadn't had a turn yet."

    His determination became reality last year as he graduated with an international relations degree from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned ... Read More

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: 'We face another challenging hour'

    by Maj. Gen. Doug Carver (ret.), posted Monday, July 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    Doug Carver recounts Southern Baptists' longstanding wartime ministry to members of the armed forces. And now, he points to another critical hour to remain "faithful stewards of the freedom we've been granted by the men and women who have, through their brave and sacrificial service, kept America the land of the free and the brave." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: At Hanoi Hilton he was POW chaplain

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Red McDaniel
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BP) -- Dorothy McDaniel knew all about Navy life. The hardships. The sacrifices. The loneliness. The pride a family has for their family member's service. So the day in 1967 a shiny black car pulled into her Norfolk driveway and two uniformed officers emerged, she knew.

    "Red is down," one of the officers said.

    Her husband, Navy Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel, was beginning six years of imprisonment in North Vietnam as a POW -- and de facto chaplain at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison among American detainees. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Veteran's cross-country cycling spotlights missions

    by Makayla Sykes, posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy Legendary Images
    CLEVELAND, Tenn. (BP) -- Army veteran Tom Cawood set out on Aug. 24 to ride his bike from San Diego, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla. And along the way, he and his wife Pat helped raise awareness for missions and the North American Mission Board.

    At age 81, when most of his contemporaries are slowing down, Cawood gives the impression of gaining speed. His life motto is, "Life is like water skiing, if you slow down, you go down." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: A Navy wife

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Seminary president Jeff Iorg, on Veterans Day, pays tribute to wives who empower their husbands for service. "They are the unsung heroes, serving the mission and sacrificing in a thousand quiet ways," he writes. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Iwo Jima: young Marine's faith endured

    by Neisha Roberts/The Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Neisha Roberts
    BLOUNT SPRINGS, Ala. (BP) -- Horace Lee was 12 when he "gave my heart to the Lord" at a Baptist church in Alabama; 17 when he entered the Marine Corps in 1940; and 21 when he was wounded in Iwo Jima as the U.S. wrested the strategic island from the Japanese.

    "God taught me a great deal" in the military, Lee, now 91, said. "The Marine Corps complemented God's work by their fellowship … because it's teamwork and fellowship, and if you don't have that then you cannot depend on that fellow behind you.... Read More

  • Veterans befriend pastor after losing his father

    by Jim Burton, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    When Tommy Kelly was 23, his life was turned upside down when his father died from a heart attack.

    A faithful Christian, his father had been a deacon and church treasurer and was the local magistrate. Kelly got a kick from hearing local lawyers, who had far more education than his father, refer to him as “judge.”

    And Thomas H. Kelly Sr. was patriotic, having served in the Army right after the Korean War. Read More

  • Family with 5 'heroes' reaches out to veterans

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
    CEDAR PARK, Texas (BP) -- For Wes and Judy Pierce, founders of a veterans resource organization called Heroes Night Out, a large family and service to the country go hand in hand.

    Of the Pierces' 12 children -- eight of whom are adopted -- five sons have served in the United States military.

    In 2007, sons Brian, Tim and Jeremy served in Iraq at the same time. Both Tim and Jeremy's Army deployments stretched from nine to 15 months in Iraq. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Meditation at a flagpole

    by David E. Crosby, posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (3 years ago)

    "The children, the children," New Orleans pastor David Crosby recounts from an uncle's World War II memories -- an uncle who later became a children's home administrator. "I wonder if maybe he found his calling and his life's work on the battlefield," Crosby writes. Read More