“How do you think the country is doing?”

“How do you think the country is doing?”

Recently a question in a local newspaper asked; “How do you think the country is doing?” One respondent stated: “The stock market is doing better than I expected. I am disappointed that our veterans aren’t respected more and our flag is disgraced.” My initial...
Rethinking Veterans Day

Rethinking Veterans Day

Rethinking Veterans Day: A better way to articulate love of neighbors with military service By Connie Larkman Three ministers with military ties, noting the upcoming Nov. 11 holiday, are encouraging congregations to ‘Rethink Veterans Day,’ and find ways as...
Signs of the Spirit

Signs of the Spirit

By Andy Mull As I have grown in age and in faith I seem to see spiritual signs in my life more frequently than I used to. Considering some of the experiences that I have survived, I attribute this to heightened spiritual perceptiveness rather than a heightened level...
Veterans from Both Sides

Veterans from Both Sides

Listen to the poems being read, poems being read by Vietnamese women speaking of lost fathers, husbands, and children. Listen to the poems being read, poems being read by Vietnamese men, soldiers who lost loved comrades, soldiers who traveled the Ho Chi Minh trail,...
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By Tom Saal The doctor at the military hospital in Japan was obviously (please check): [  ]  1) Tired [  ]  2) too busy and overworked [  ]  3) impatient [  ]  4) uncaring [X]  all of the above The soldier was (please check): [  ]  1) seriously wounded from a land...
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By Tom Saal “Go ahead, shoot him!” And they did. Bang! Bang! Bang! Three shots rang out, And two hundred yards across the paddy dikes the once alive man, slumped, dropped to his knees and feel dead. “Go get the body,” and three of my men did....
Nameless Woman

Nameless Woman

By Tom Saal I remember seeing you with your long, black hair as if it were yesterday. You were standing there waiting for me the next morning. Waiting for me to enter what was left of your village. We had split up, paired up, my men and I, and we had made friends with...
The Clearing Round

The Clearing Round

The Clearing Round Honor Flight – First Musings By David Hammer Just before midnight on July 4, my son drove me from our Columbia home to the Marriott, where 108 other veterans and I would meet our hosts and guardians for the 47th Central Missouri Honor Flight....
Memories

Memories

By Tom Saal It’s been a long time, almost forty years, Dark nights followed by even darker days Jack, Tom, Henry, Bill, John, Each gone. Their faces forever etched in the mirrors of my mind. It’s been a long time. Jack, whose life ended with the explosion...
Living Room Yoga / Language of the Dog

Living Room Yoga / Language of the Dog

My wife is practicing yoga in our living room, a bare chested, beautiful man, Rodney Yee, directing her every move, on the flat screen TV. A down dog, then, exhale. Push up, upward dog. Jump into a squat. Strongly flex your feet. Open your chest. His yoga mat is...