My daughter gave me Portraits of Courage for father’s day. I can’t thank her enough. As a veteran of the Vietnam era, I read a lot of books about warriors. This one is different. It contains portraits of men and woman who suffered injuries in combat. Beside each portrait is a vignette of the subject, describing their injuries and how they have overcame the trauma of war.
I cried numerous times when reading their stories, yet I was awed by their strength to overcome. If ever there were a group of people that refuse to take no for an answer, these men and women are it.
I thank God that today’s veterans are not treated like my generation was. It’s hard enough overcoming the damage of war without adding on the hatred of your own countrymen.