A Plea: Move Out and Cover Our Disable Veterans!

It’s always a joy seeing and working with other veterans. This is because of a shared camaraderie. That camaraderie is deep, respectful, and colorless which keeps Veterans closer than most other groups of individuals. Some of us Veterans are still overcoming health, injury, family and personal issues while trying to remain as strong as we can for our households. Some of our situations are extreme because of the added mental strains, separation and battlefield stresses we received while serving our country. We don’t seek pity or extra attention because that’s not what makes us who we are. We are men and women that love our country, served our country and love taking care of our families. Some of my fellow Veterans have disabilities that render them incapable of completing normal daily tasks but they keep pushing (moving out) because that’s what Veterans do, all the while anticipating that our country has us covered.

My heart is most heavy for Veterans and current service members that are disabled, poor, feeling alone and in need of multiple forms of assistance. My heart is set like this because during my medical evacuation from Kuwait I experienced something that will never leave my heart and mind. While we were on an Airforce C17 aircraft flying to Germany I was surrounded by service members that were injured on the battlefield in Iraq. My injury was significantly less than many of my fellow Veterans on the aircraft suffering from injuries on the battlefield. All you could hear on that aircraft was service members moaning because of their injuries from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other battlefield encounters. Not all of them survived and every time I see an amputee I have an instant flashback of that flight. This is why I wish there was more coverage for Veterans than what they are currently receiving especially those that are suffering from battlefield related illnesses and injuries.

Veterans are significant pillars of this country and it’s sad that there is such an enormous financial and medical assistance gap between Veterans and politicians. That’s troubling and it’s a daily slap in our faces knowing that politicians receive much better benefits than Veterans. How could there be such a disparity when the group that sacrificed their health receives far less than the group that sacrifices their ink pens? Veterans volunteered to serve our country in the highest capacity to which most politicians have never considered attempting such a heroic gesture. Luckily for politicians, they don’t have to dodge bullets or bombs because most could even come close to enduring the effects of battlefield encounters. I’m actually glad that we decided to move out and cover our country instead of them.

One of the most important things that we learn in the Army was how to move under direct fire. During that training, we learn that we must cover our buddy when they are moving from one position to another on the battlefield. Since Veterans have moved from serving the country and are now in new positions in life, we expect our government to cover us while we are moving into our new positions in life. The government should shoot down any approach to limit support for Veterans and they should ensure that we are completely covered when we settle down in our new positions. There has been an OK effort made to cover us but we didn’t give a good effort while defending our country instead we gave a great effort thus we should be thoroughly covered for our dedication and sacrifice. Seeing that it will take more than our voices and efforts to facilitate more coverage for us, let’s call on God to help us!

It is great to be a Veteran and a Believer at the same time because it highlights that we are and will always be Warriors! God created us and He has always covered Believers! When I say Believers, I’m referring to those that believe in the Almighty God and Christ Jesus. As seen in John 10:27-30, God is the greatest and since we are His children we should call on Him to cover us as we deal with matters beyond our control.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. – John 10:27-30

Veterans who firefight_afghanistanare Believers have to ensure that we take the Gospel to other Veterans. When we do things like this we are adhering to the Great Commission.

The Great Commission is essentially Christ Jesus saying, “Move Out, I Got You Covered!” We should want all of our fellow Veterans to be covered in the Blood of Christ Jesus. Many Veterans are dealing with PTSD, depression, stress, loneliness, mental health issues, chemical exposure, infectious diseases and injuries and with the help of Christ Jesus they will be able to better deal with those issues. Christ Jesus left His throne (moved out) and had zero worries because He knew that His Father had Him covered. Let’s move out and ensure all Veterans have received the Gospel and are protected from the wiles of the devil and his demons.

Veterans need the Blood of Jesus and those that have it need to keep spreading it and to not worry about any enemies whether they are foreign or domestic because God has us covered! Blessings!

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. – Deuteronomy 20:1-4

Calvin Brown
Calvin Brown is an Ordained Non-Denomination minister at Shechaniah River Church in Newport News, Virginia. He retired from the Army in 2009 after serving 20 years as an enlisted Soldier. During his active duty service, he participated in many major military campaigns such as deployments to Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan and received numerous awards to include two Bronze Stars. He attained his Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies at Saint Leo University, Florida. Calvin currently lives in Hampton, Virginia.