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The reality of being a Vietnam veteran

Glen Zimmerman, a member at St. Paul, Appleton, Wis., shares his story.

The Vietnam War took place during a very disruptive time in our nation’s history. As college students were pushing the peace movement, politicians insisted that our country expand the war effort overseas to prevent Communism from spreading across southeast Asia.

Unfortunately, US service members were caught in the middle. When our government called, we answered just as God commanded us to do so: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1).

But it was difficult. In the book of Job, we learn that our faith can be tested over and over again in life. We face one challenge after another. Soldiers too. Just as Job stayed strong in the face of losing all his wealth, his belongings, and even his ten children, we also must fight the urge to wonder whether God is on our side. We need to trust that God preserves us through all our troubles until we receive the crown of life (James 1:12).

I spent 15 months in Vietnam with an infantry unit . . .

Trained for war

US military personnel standing in line
Paul Ziemer, WELS’ national civilian chaplain to the military, begins his November editorial by noting, "When our sons and daughters first put on the uniform of the US Armed Forces, we may have many questions about what lies ahead for them. But of one thing we can be certain. They will be trained for war."
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