Choosing Veterans Over Hollywood

The following post was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: I remember once, years ago, writing a Christopher column about a nun who made a project of sorts out of Gregory Peck, the actor. She had been on an NBC tour when he was a page and was taken with his voice, and now, a [Read More...]

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...]


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