Military

An artist's rendering of a Christmas cuckoo clock.
God's Grace

How a Christmas Clock Taught This Retiree to Move Forward

This former lieutenant colonel felt lost after retirement. Could she learn to accept her new life?

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Eric Dungan (insert) with his friend, World War II veteran George Crouch
People Helping People

A Social Worker Helps a WWII Veteran Survive Covid-19

An Army reservist devoted himself to seeing a man who reminded him of his father through a battle with the coronavirus.

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A woman making a heart with her hands; Shutterstock
Managing Life Changes

Trailblazing Female Chaplain on Overcoming Fear and Finding Gratitude in Tough Times

Karen Diefendorf reflects on her career as female chaplain in the army, Tyson Foods and beyond.

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Don Embrey in his woodworking shed and banjo studio; photo by Heather Rousseau
Stories of Faith

God's Grace—and a Banjo—Made This Marine Veteran Whole Again

Tormented by memories of the Vietnam War, he turned to alcohol. Music was his path to sobriety and salvation.

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Lynn Rufing; photo by Mary Ann Carter
Stories of Hope for Caregivers

She Gave a Vietnam Vet the Love He Needed in His Final Days

She thought that she had failed the formerly homeless veteran in her role as a caregiver, but she soon realized her loving care was enough.

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Marine veteran Don Embrey
Stories of Hope

A Vietnam Veteran Builds a Banjo in Tribute to the Marine Corps

Don Embrey, a Marine veteran who served in Vietnam, performs on the special banjo he built in honor of the military branch in which he served.

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Army veteran and service dog trariner Christy Gardner
Service Animals

An Army Veteran and Her Service Dog, Moxie

Christy Gardner, who was injured while on active duty overseas, shares how she came to be paired with her service dog and the vital role that Moxie plays in her life.

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Lynn Rufing
Stories of Hope for Caregivers

A Visit to a Medical Foster Home for Veterans

Lynn Rufing, a career nurse, shares how she, her husband, and their newly adopted daughters worked to open their home to veterans in need of care.

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Jamie Willis runs Canes for Veterans Central Texas. Photo credit: Eric Guel
People Helping People

This Veteran Makes Canes for Other Patriots Using Discarded Wood

Jamie Willis, founder of Canes for Veterans Central Texas, finds a sense of purpose in serving his veteran brothers and sisters.

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Illustration of a Marine soldier holding a Bible
God's Grace

How Her Son's Bible Comforted Her After His Death

She worried that her late child, a former Marine, wasn’t at peace. Then she received a reassuring message from above.

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