Veterans Day 2007

My wife and I were talking earlier tonight about this years Veterans Day holiday to be celebrated on Sunday, November 11, 2007. During the conversation the old cliche, “All gave some, and some gave all” cropped up. This phrase rang all the more true since the return from my deployment to Ramadi, Iraq. Every soldier, sailor, and marine gave up something to be overseas, but a few thousand men and women have paid the ultimate price with their lives.

War effects men in different ways. Two men can go through the same situation and be effected in completely opposite ways. One man will react in a way that is very outward and noticeable. While the other man can walk away seemingly unscathed by the scenario only to be plagued by the invisible disease of what he has seen, his actions, and his memory.

It has been called many different things:
Civil War – Soldier’s Heart
WWI – Shell Shock
WWII – Battle Fatigue
OEF & OIF – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I recommend to you the two part video series of the Marlboro Marine, Lance CPL James Blake Miller who was in Fallujah in 2004.

The Marlboro Marine
Part One: The Battles After the War
Part Two: Rescue Mission

My heart breaks for James Miller, for his only hope of salvation is Jesus Christ, and it grieves me to see him grope in the darkness and be satisfied.  May our Sovereign God raise up godly soldiers to shine the light of Jesus Christ in a world of darkness.

John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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  1. Thanks for putting your life on the line for all of us, Jonathan. Happy Veterans Day!

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