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I got this email from my little sister and instead of just passing it on im posting it here. God bless you all and please keep the troops of not just america but all nations in your prayers. God bless ya'll-Andrea


He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student,
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pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and
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has
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a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears
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to
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be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and
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roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or
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15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working
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or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
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He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can
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field
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strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He
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can
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recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and
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use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and
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can
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apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop
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or
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stop until he is told to march.
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He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without
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spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of
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fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens
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full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but
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never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own
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clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water
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with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition
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with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
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He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like
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they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that
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is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the
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pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering
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and death then he should have in his short lifetime.
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He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them.
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He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat
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and is unashamed. He feels every note of the Na tional Anthem vibrate
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through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning
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desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand,
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remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day
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out,
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far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
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Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying
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the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the
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American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.
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He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
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Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration
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with his blood. Andwe have woman over there in danger,
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doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls
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us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull,
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a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.......
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Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break it.
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Please send this on after a short prayer.
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Prayer Wheel
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"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect
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us.
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Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in
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our
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time of need. Amen."
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Prayer : When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer
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for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the
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air,
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and for those in Iraq. There is nothing attached.... This can be very
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powerful.......
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Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman,
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Marine
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or Airman, prayer is the very best one.
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I can't break this one guys..sorry
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This is for soldiers fighting in Iraq. Pass it on to everyone and pray
 
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Createdtoworship, I've read this one before & it still brings tears to my eyes. My heart is so tender toward our soldiers. My son is one - served in Iraq & is now in Germany. He was one of those who battled the sandstorms & bullets at the onset of the war...along with so many others.

Sometimes I think we forget where they are & what they are going thru. The heat, the hostility, the lonliness, the list goes on & on. When my son was there, he said there were some soldiers who did not get mail from home & probably did not have anyoen praying for them. He gave me names & addresses & we wrote them & let them know they were being prayed for. It meant so much to them & I still keep in touch with one of them today.

Thank you for posting this....our guys & girls need our prayers.
 
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I feel for these soldiers. I only see what is shown in papers and tv and never knew my own blood who died at war (well I have an extremely huge family and surely some died that I am not aware of). My own father was shot in Lebanon back in the 70's, split his stomach open, stiched open, stomach ripped opeen agian after stiches broke loose. Father is still alive praise GOD, gratefully so. War is sick as can be but GOD is awesome as can be, infinitely.

PRAYER PRAYER PRAYER!!!

You want REAL servitude - look no further than those disciples in Scripture and modern times, our soldiers! God bless the VERY much.
 
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most of the men in my family served in the military. my father was in navy for eight years when i was younger and it was so hard on my family. I never knew how much danger he was in when i was little. I recently moved to eastern n.c. just north of norfolk V.A. there are so many girls i know here that have boyfreinds or fiancee's in the military and its so hard on them and the familys of the soilders. I wonder how my own mother did it for so long.
But from what my father tells me when he was in bootcamp, him and a few other christians would get together and pray, the others would look at them like they were crazy, but by the last night every man in the room was prayin. just wanted to share that.
 
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Some of the tv stations actually broke down & gave reports on the prayer, church & baptismal services held during the prelude & early onset of the war. One of them broadcast a few minutes of one of the church services that had a tent filled with soldiers - I missed that one but my aunt told me my son was shown as being there. That was another blessing God gave me...that little snip on tv let me know he was ok in the midst of everything. Isn't He good???? SO GOOD.

So many of them realized the significance of the very ground they were marching on in reference to Biblical times. They had far more than their physical battle with the enemy - they had strong battles in the spiritual realm also.

Things heat up occasionally there....the enemy striking again (satan). Our prayers are still needed to keep them covered. I made up prayer cards that I felt God led me to do & handed them out to members of our church who agreed to adopt a soldier to pray for. On the cards, I wrote suggestions of how to pray - as God led me.
They included: mental clarity (for the split second decisions they would have to make), emotional strength (as they carried out those decisions in sometimes painful ways), physical endurance & spiritual growth. Psalm 91 was the foundation of our prayer.
 

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