Military

An artist's rendering of sewing materials; Illustration by Miyuki Sakai
Angels

Her Care Packages Comforted These Vietnam Veterans on Valentine’s Day

A Vietnam vet struggling with addiction was inspired by a simple gift of sewing kits.

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Omar Brooks and his latest foster dog
Dogs

How Fostering Dogs Became This Dogface Soldier’s New Mission

He’d been searching for the sense of purpose he found in the Army. He never guessed the plan God had for him.

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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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