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Memorial Day: In the spirit of liberty, adopt a service man or woman

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They have honored us in unfathomable ways as members of the military pledged to defend and preserve the liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United States of America.

They have sacrificed their lives in foreign battlefields. Some of them have returned to us wounded physically, emotionally, psychologically and financially. Some of them have been misdiagnosed, mistreated and misplaced.

For all their dedication to words like “duty”, “honor” and “country”, how can we ignore or forget the men and women who have worn with pride the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard?

Let us not stop with the powerful and meaningful celebration of Memorial Day on May 26, 2014, but let us also reach out and help those who still carry the scars of military service.

Why can’t we adopt a service man or woman? Why can’t we put our arms around a disenfranchised veteran and support him or her?

There is someone in your family or among your friends or in your church or among your acquaintances or a stranger who served in the military. Do you know what they would give to have just one person who would listen compassionately to them? No judgments. Maybe some tears. Maybe some relief. Maybe a smile and some laughter.

Jesus said: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

If our goal is to serve like Jesus, then we should be helping and supporting former and current service men and women. Adopt a service man or woman.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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