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My battle scars

The scars I bear from battle didn’t come from explosives or being shot. They come from the pain of loss. My scars come from the aching loss my soldiers endured when their buddies were killed. Seeing them—feeling them—with the weight of that loss was—is—a burden for me. Some wanted a …

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The pain is still there

The death of an American soldier in combat is painful. The agony of loss is heart-wrenching. I’ve looked at the faces of the dead, those who were beside me talking only a few moments ago. I’ve looked in the faces of their friends; for some, friends for years: through basic …

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Remembrance

A message from a friend today alerted me to a series of newspaper articles: “For Alex“. Alex was my friend. I can hardly think of him without tears. He was one of nine men who were killed in combat in Iraq with my unit. All of the Soldiers in that …

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Remembering

On this Memorial Day, I remember nine brave men who gave their all in Iraq in defense of our nation. Elias Elias Allen Jaynes Mike Balsley Alex Fuller Brian Botello Alex Funcheon Jay Martin Eric Snell Mike Miller Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and …

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