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Lord, Protect those who Protect Us

In Honor of Memorial Day

Today’s blog comes to us courtesy of  enews from AACC.  First, my thoughts to you. If you or a loved one has served in the arm forces – May I offer to each man and women one huge and sincere Thank You along with a holy hug for your service and honor to our country. While I may never know the extent of your sacrifice I do desire to honor you. Below are a few book resources with a brief excerpt written by men who have either dealt or have had experience with the workings of combat stress and trauma. I hope you find these resources a benefit to both you and your family. Certainly share with those in need or who may be currently serving. 

At this time, more than ever, let us humble ourselves before Almighty God and pray for our country…

‘Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!’
Billy Graham

 
Combat Stress & Trauma
by Major General, U.S. Army (Retired) Bob Dees

The reality of war is that everyone gets wounded. Some wounds heal rapidly, but some last for a lifetime. Some wounds can be seen. Some wounds are invisible: inside the heart, soul, and spirit of the warrior. These unseen wounds (ranging from mild reintegration issues to severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)) are often the most difficult to heal – they must truly heal from the inside out.”

Our Warriors Today and “Combat Trauma”
by Raymond Kahle

In the Armed Forces the average age of today’s young Americans serving in uniform is 20 and a half years of age; making them about ten months older than their grandfather who would have served in my war. They are high school graduates; are all volunteers; they are brighter and better educated and trained to lead than any soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen, or marines of any other country in history.

“Today’s warrior can use his body like a weapon and his weapon as a part of his body, and he can take a life or save one because he is so remarkably trained. The images of today’s warriors going to inner Faith Services and/or Bible studies are not staged – they’re all real and initiated by these young warriors. When they huddle up in prayer circles before deploying on a mission they’re not preparing to go to play football, they’re going into mortal combat and they know that some of them are liable not to come back – and they do it because they have faith.”

God Speed ~

Debbie 4 Unfolded Hearts