Many of you have soldiers in your family, as do we.
I thought this post by an Iraq war vet was touching about the ways his service has changed him:
First, there is no sense of pride or purpose quite like the pride or purpose of serving your country. There are moments I’ll never forget: The first time I saluted the flag wearing my country’s uniform . . . shaking hands with a World War II veteran at Fort Benning — just before boarding my own flight to war . . . sitting, terrified, just behind the door gunner of a Chinook helicopter on my first night in Iraq, watching the tracers rounds from a distant firefight. Every veteran has their own indelible memories, and virtually every veteran feels pride and purpose in their own service. In fact, it is that loss of purpose that is often most damaging when vets come home, when their “mission” ends.
Second, service taught me humility. The men I served with demonstrated courage that the vast majority of Americans cannot comprehend. And this courage came from ordinary men. I think it’s comforting for Americans to view combat veterans as somehow different from them — a different kind of person — thus removing any sense of conviction that they, too, could have served — that they, too, could have laid their lives on the line. Yet the men and women I served with downrange were just like me . . . and just like you. They just made different choices. First, to serve their country, and — second — to rise to the occasion when their lives were on the line.
But there was one more way it changed him. Read about it here.
Thank you, veterans, for your sacrifice and service. We don’t tell you enough.
Do you ever feel like there’s just so much stuff in the news to be worried about?
Sometimes, it’s all so hard to understand. For example, why are there beheadings, mass executions, and crucifixions all over the news?
The new wave of anti-Christian abuse has been called the “worst religious persecution since the Holocaust.”
If you’re like me, you had never heard of ISIS, before all of the beheadings. But they are the richest and deadliest terrorists in history… and they have the money, power, people, and will to do exactly what they’d laid out. Basically, they want to annihilate us.
Jay Sekulow, David French, Robert Ash, and Jordan Sekulow have a new book out called The Rise of Isis: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, and they say that we now face the greatest terrorist threat since 9/11.
The book lays out a “clear understanding of the rise of ISIS, their objectives, and the unlawful strategy used by terrorists. They also warn that if left undefeated we will witness genocide of historic proportions. However, they also show, through first-hand stories of bravery and triumph, there is hope, even in the face of ongoing attacks.”
The book also urges us to be” informed, stay engaged, and actively pursue and destroy the enemy.”
It also says that “now is not the time to grow weary in the face of evil. Now is not the time to retreat. We must target and defeat terrorists. Innocent lives are at stake, and immense evil is on the march.”
This is a book that every American needs in this complicated world. It’s clear, it’s simple, and it’s necessary to understand. Plus, this book is already a New York Times best seller, probably because the American people are not buying what President Obama is saying about this critical threat.
Buy it now:
While I was watching my Washington, DC book signing for “Not Afraid of Life,” it made me realize how many people were inspired by my story. [Read more...]