Golly, Miss Molly:
A blog about a service dog and her veteran with PTSD
(Supporting the veteran and the family caregiver)
Miss Molly Salutes Veterans and Armed Forces
The Fourth of July is a good time to recognize and honor those who have assured us our freedom and independence as a Country. We salute those of you who serve in the Armed Forces and our American Veterans for your service and sacrifice. To all of you, we are grateful. Thank you for our continued freedom.
God Loves Warriors
My husband gave me the One-Year Chronological Bible in the New Living Translation for Christmas. The entire Bible is divided into readings for each day of the year. In reading through the Old Testament, it speaks of wars and violence as God brought the children of Israel out of bondage into their new homeland.
After battle, God provided rest for the warriors. He made sure they were safe, well fed, and rested before returning to battle. He even allowed for newly married warriors one year to be with their new spouses and to set up their households before going to fight. He blessed the warriors richly for their service with material possessions and with success where in some cases not even one warrior was harmed. He gave them and us this promise in Second Samuel 22. “In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”
Our nation has not done well in caring for our warriors and veterans. When our warriors returned from Vietnam, they bore the brunt of a generation of rebellion. Spit upon, challenged, and accused as baby killers, the sacrifice of millions of young men and women condemned them to death or to a lifetime of torment and dysfunction. To this day, our surviving veterans still have no rest. Many have no homes and must rely on soup kitchens for a hot meal. Their lives changed forever because they had the guts to serve and survive a war entered into and abandoned by our nation’s leaders.
I do not pretend to understand war nor have I ever served. What I do understand is the devastation it reeks on the lives of those who answer the call of service and take up arms to protect our freedoms. Whether Vietnam, Desert Storm, or the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, our warriors and veterans deserve our devotion, love, respect, and the best services our nation can provide.
A Bite from Miss Molly to our Veterans and Warriors
Your life of service is ruff and I know you are weary from war—maybe even dog tired. I will pick a bone with anyone who says differently. So, the next time you find yourself in the dog house because you expressed a politically incorrect opinion or you snarl with anger against our enemies, I will raise my paw to you and will eat an extra treat in your honor. For through your dogged determination, you have guarded our country like an attack dog, which makes me drool with pleasure.
I salute you. After all, dog gone it, you are top dogs—my heroes!
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About the blogger
Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her husband, William, and dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her grandchildren.