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Tiny book packs spiritual punch for veterans

Tiny book packs spiritual punch for veterans

Add a book of devotions to Veterans Day prayers for a gift with meaning year-round.

Congregations that want to do more than pray for veterans on Veterans Day might consider providing copies of a historic book of devotions to military troops and veterans in Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Strength for Service, a nondenominational organization created by the United Methodist Commission on United Methodist Men, sends free copies of “Strength for Service to God and Country” to chaplains who distribute the books to men and women on active duty and patients in VA hospitals.

Those chaplains said the devotionals have an impressive reach and a powerful spiritual effect on those who receive the pocket-size book.

Rev. Richard Pusateri served as senior supervisory chaplain for 150 Marine Corps chaplains, many in southwest Asia, from 2005 to 2009.

“While I spent most of the time in Iraq, I also served in the Horn of Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Afghanistan, Jordan and Egypt,” said Pusateri, now executive for itineration and missionary support for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in New York. “Throughout my tour of duty, I was continually impressed to see the reach of ‘Strength for Service to God and Country’ in the combat theater.

“I found copies of the devotional book while waiting for helicopters and convoys in tents and small huts,” added the 30-year Navy veteran. “I also saw the historic books in tiny chow halls, rec rooms, medical-aid stations and on the tables in company command posts.” Pusateri was a Navy chaplain assigned to the Marines. 

To continue reading this article from United Methodist News Service, click here. To explore ways to support this ministry, click here. Rich Peck is a retired United Methodist clergy member and communicator who occasionally writes for United Methodist News Service.