Thank you for writing this story, I believe it really needs to be told. Mike -- you are exactly correct, I wonder if I ever would have measured up! This has bothered me for many a year now, to this day, even though I spent 25 years in uniform, I never had to go through the hardships other did. My 2 brothers did, one still does, the other died of cancer a few yrs ago they say was from agent orange. So thank you both. Prayer is still key for me.
Thank you, and your brothers, for your service and your sacrifice.
And yes, without prayer, and God's mercy, we would be lost.