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From Any Place and at Any Cost, These Men and Women Are a Credit to Our Armed Services

This video honors those who serve in uniform as military chaplains. These are ordinary Americans who choose to serve us in this extraordinarily unique, important and challenging ministry.

This is the way that they choose to honor God and Country, which is their motto: Pro Deo et Patria. From Lexington and Concord to Fallujah and Kandahar, they have served the men and women in uniform, both in the field with them and from the rear.

They are rabbis, ministers, imams, and priests. They all serve their troops by nurturing the living, caring for the wounded, and honoring the fallen. They offer a ministry of presence to the troops, providing comfort and support, helping them deal with the difficult questions when they arise, and offering solace when it is needed. They honor and promote the seven virtues of the military: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

A Ministry of Presence

These men and women in the chaplaincy corps go where their troops go. Often they are with them even in the heat of battle at the front. I know this from personal experience as we had chaplains with us in Khe Sanh during the siege. Indeed, one of them was killed there along with several other Marines when an NVA artillery round hit a bunker they were taking refuge in next to the airstrip during one of the more intense barrages. One of our Chaplains, Rev. Ray Stubbe, was with the Marines in the hill fights around Khe Sanh as well. He wrote a powerful account of those days called Battalion of Kings.

It is our sincere honor to offer this excellent video honoring the work and the service of those who serve as Chaplains in our military. Their presence and their service is of immeasurable importance to the men and women they serve, as well as to their families. We offer our thanks to all chaplains past, present, and future, who give of their time and their faith and their loving respect to their military brothers and sister. We honor those who have died in battle while serving the spiritual needs of their troops. You are true to your motto: Pro Deo et Patria.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.