Healing the Wounded Soldier’s Heart

Soul wounds, PTSD, Ed Tick, Soldier's Heart, healing, PTSA

His mission was simple—stay in the jungles, search out the enemy, and destroy. In 1969, Vela Giri was drafted into the United States Army and sent to Vietnam. Trained as an infantry rifleman, he fought in the jungles during the war surrounded by constant attacks, death, and sheer “craziness.”

David Pierce joined the United States Navy in 1985. Two years later, he was deployed off the coast of Iran during the Iran-Iraq War. A gunner’s mate who specialized in weapons, his orders were to handle the ammunition and kill anyone who boarded the ship. For three months Pierce stared out into the waves worried that an enemy gunboat would attack.

Nothing Left to Give

In 2004, Michael Beach was a 32-year-old Baptist pastor, living in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife and children.

“The war in Iraq was in full swing, and I noticed issues with the returning soldiers. I saw families struggling,” he says.

Someone needs to get involved, he thought, so he joined the military chaplaincy program of the Army Reserves. In 2009, he was deployed to Baghdad as an Army chaplain. He and his team served 800 to 1,200 troops.