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.