November 11 | Veterans Day
As we pause this week to remember the courageous sacrifice of the women and men who serve in our armed forces we are also called into action to support the veterans in our community.
The Episcopal Church’s General Convention policy guides us to call on the U.S. Government to give the best possible care to our veterans. Timely access to critical health care, mental health support, and disability compensation ensure that our veterans can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.
According to Bishop James Magness, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries: “The last time we asked so much from so many of our men and women was during the Vietnam War. Today, in the aftermath of our war-fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, once again we have thousands and thousands of combat veterans on the streets of our towns and cities. While some of these veterans have visible combat wounds, many others have invisible wounds that escape the observations of even the most skilled observer. Accordingly, we need to devise and fund new and creative ways to care for these wounded veterans who have served us so well, many of whom have sacrificed much, but are too proud to ask for our help.”
On this Veterans Day we hold in our prayers our yearning for a world without war and our gratitude to those who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation. And we will continue to advocate for legislation that will provide our veterans with the care and support they need.
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.