No Act of Service Was Beneath Him: Father Emil Kapaun’s Biographer on the Chaplain’s Legacy

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“Every day was the day you were going to die. It was pretty much a place of hell and despair with no hope.” That’s how the former Allied soldiers, interviewed by Wichita Eagle reporters Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying for their Christopher Award-winning book “The Miracle of Father Kapaun,” described their lives in prisoner of [Read More...]

Blind Army Captain and Christopher Award Winner Offers Encouragement to Boy Losing His Vision

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In 2011, we recognized Captain Scott Smiley (seen here with his wife Tiffany) with a Christopher Leadership Award. Why? On April 6, 2005, while Captain Smiley was on patrol with his platoon in Iraq, a suicide bomber exploded a car bomb that sent shrapnel and debris into Smiley’’s eyes and brain, permanently destroying his vision. [Read More...]

Soldier Returning from Afghanistan Meets Baby Daughter for First Time

Captain William Lotts was deployed to Afghanistan when his wife Brittany was 15 weeks pregnant. As a result, he missed the birth of his daughter Finley this past July. Brittany prayed for her husband’s safe return, especially in light of the fact that he held the dangerous job of clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from [Read More...]

Sadness is Part of the Equation: A Young Widow Reflects on Her Loss

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In mid-June, I posted an interview with “Tell My Sons” author, Lt. Col. Mark Weber, about his battle with terminal cancer. Forty years old with a wife and three sons, he passed away the day before my article went live, which was also a few days before Father’s Day. Mark had set up a Facebook [Read More...]


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