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VETERANS DAY: Chaplains, churches bolster U.S. troopsALPHARETTA, 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 freedomEDITOR'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'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 chaplainALEXANDRIA, 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 missionsCLEVELAND, 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
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 enduredBLOUNT 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 fatherWhen 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 veteransCEDAR 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
"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