Veterans Prayers

Who's Packing Your Parachute?
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Vietnam Vets Prayer
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Tribute to the Flag
11th ACR
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St. Mike JC, A
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USMC & Dedication of 5th Marine Division Cemetary
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5th Marine Division Cem. Dedication
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Natl. Assoc. of Vietnam Veteran Ministers,VVA
French Paratrooper Prayer, First Indochina War
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Prayers from the Civil War
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Hero's, The 4 Chaplains
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Links and Stuff
Medics and Corpsman
Seabee's Prayer
Prayers for those in Recovery
Veterans Poems and Such
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Mortuary Affairs
Who's Packing Your Parachute?

                                    H O    I S    P
                                    A C K I N G    Y O U R   
                                    P A R A C H U T E ?
 Charles Plumb was a
                                    U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. 
 After 75 combat  missions,
                                    his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air
missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He
captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He
survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons
                                    learned from that
One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man
at another table came
                                    up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet
fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.
                                    You were
shot down!" 
"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb. 
                                    packed your parachute," the man replied. 
Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man
                                    pumped his hand and 
said, "I guess it worked!" 
Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't
                                    worked, I
wouldn't be here today." 
 Plumb couldn't sleep that
                                    night, thinking about that man. Plumb says,
"I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform:
                                    a white
hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many
times I might have
                                    seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how are
you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter
                                    pilot and he was
just a sailor." 
Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent
                                    at a long wooden
table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and
folding the silks of
                                    each chute, holding in his hands each time the
fate of someone he didn't know. 
Now, Plumb asks his
                                    audience, "Who's packing your parachute?" 
Everyone has someone who provides what they need
                                    to make it through
the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes
when his plane was
                                    shot down over enemy territory--he needed his
physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional
                                    parachute, and
his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before
reaching safety. 
Sometimes in the daily
                                    challenges that life gives us, we miss what is
really important. We may fail to say hello, please,
                                    or thank you,
congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them,
give a compliment,
                                    or just do something nice for no reason. As you go
through this week, this month, this year, recognize
                                    people who pack
your parachutes.
A forward from member Nancy ...