My Favorite Veteran

November 11, 2008 | 10 comments

He’s a man of honor and quiet strength. He doesn’t talk much about his years in Vietnam. God got him through, he tells us, and that alone is really all we need to know.

He’s a fighter, this man, my favorite veteran.

Like most veterans I know, he has never lost the desire to serve his country. He’s not fighting wars anymore, but he’s still looking for ways to serve, to make a contribution. To provide leadership, set a good example, and show what it means to work hard, serve country, and honor God.

Yet, beneath the tough exterior of an old soldier, he’s a soft-hearted Grandpa who my girls call “Bop.”


You should see how this old soldier plays with those little girls. The rough hands of a farmer and a fighter reach out wide to hug his grandchildren, to grasp a crayon, to play dolls or hold teacups.

Oh, how he loves them. And oh, how we love him back.

On the farm CB radio, just now, as I write this tribute to my favorite veteran, his wife reports that they’re about ready to leave to take the snowy roads to the hospital.

He’s fighting another battle these days — leukemia — and he has a scheduled chemo treatment today.

On this day, Paul, as you fight this battle, we honor you and all of the nation’s military veterans — men and women of exceptional courage and strength. God bless you for how you’ve fought old wars … and for the way you teach us new lessons in the battles you face now.

We are the home of the free … because of the brave.

by | November 11, 2008 | 10 comments

10 Comments

  1. gabi dickinson

    This made me tear up a little. God bless that man for his courage and strength. I will be praying for him!

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  2. Chris Godfredsen

    I know, Jennifer, I tear up pretty easily, but you got me again here! As you are well aware, you and yours are never out of our prayers. What an eloquent post on a most appropriate date – both Veteran’s Day and beginning yet another round of treatments.

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  3. Chris Godfredsen

    I know, Jennifer, I tear up pretty easily, but you got me again here! As you are well aware, you and yours are never out of our prayers. What an eloquent post on a most appropriate date – both Veteran’s Day and beginning yet another round of treatments.

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  4. Carol

    Jennifer,
    Great job with your post today. We are so fortunate to have had those who willingly serve for us. I am so happy that “Bop” is home and enjoying the girls. You are blessed. Nice song!!!!!
    Love, Carol

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  5. Carey

    Awesome tribute, Jennifer. Praying for Paul as he fights this battle.

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  6. Mike Franey

    Jen,
    You always can select just the most perfect words to describe a situation. A great tribute to a man who is still fighting. Good luck Paul! Great work Jennifer!
    Mike

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  7. lynnrush

    Amen! “We are the home of the free because of the brave.” WELL SAID, Jennifer! God bless those who serve or are serving.

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  8. Serena Woods

    Touching tribute and great photos!

    🙂

    s

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  9. cstineman

    Our prayers are with you and your family during his battle. This was a wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

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  10. God's Not Finished With Us Yet...

    That’s a very endearing photo of him with your girls. He sounds like a very lovely and gently man, but like you said he is a fighter (a veteran). We’re still praying for him and all of you.

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