2013-11-08 / Chaplain's News

Resiliency helps to bounce back, leave a legacy

By Chaplain (Capt.) Chris Weinrich
447th Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade

What is your legacy? We live a legacy! As I walked into the college chapel for the first time, I noticed a giant banner stating, “What a legacy, what a future!” The college president walked to the podium and explained the important heritage of the students and families who walked before us, and how we currently carry the historical mantle of this legacy forward towards our brilliant futures. When you think about your previous experiences in the military, what comes to your mind? Do you recall the incredible moments of valor and strength from a battle buddy? How about the dedication from a young child who changed schools in the middle of a household move? The military community constantly develops strong leaders and warriors for future battles. Let us also never forget our past forged with the resiliency of our families and service members.

Wi th the month of November dedicated to the resiliency of our warriors and their families, we look to ways of living a thankful and rewarding life in the military. From the victories won throughout the year with school grades, goals reached in the workplace, to the accomplishments of those dreaded “honey-dolists” around your house, we have experienced a way to establish a foundation for ourselves. How do you live as a warrior in the military and your family? Here are some great thoughts shared from the website. http://warriorcare.dodlive. mil/2013/11/01/novemberis warrior-care-month/.

In 2008, the Secretary of Defense designated November as Warrior Care Month in order to inform members of the military and their families and communities about the programs and initiatives currently being provided through the Warrior Care system and the forthcoming improvements. Now, five years later, Warrior Care Month is bigger than ever. Throughout the month of November, the Office of Warrior Care and all of the service’s wounded warrior regiments will be highlighting various wounded warrior programs, activities, stories of recovery, and personal triumphs. Warrior Care Month is not only about what is being done for our Nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members, but also about what they do for us, how they continually give back to our communities, their families, and this great Nation that they have sacrificed so much to protect.

As we give back to our communities, families, and military formations, let us remember the resiliency of our warriors as they bounce back to leave the legacy. During the month of November, ponder the thankfulness you have towards these areas in your lives. A closing thought comes from a famous psalm written thousands of years ago. It states, He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:2-4 NIV)

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