LCMS Ministry To The Armed Forces

Sunday, November 13 is LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Sunday. It falls on the same weekend as Veterans’ Day (November 11), and is an opportunity to remember and honor our veterans, and become aware of the LCMS outreach program to assist them. The Ministry to the Armed Forces supports about 200 chaplains who represent the church on active duty, the reserves, the National Guard, and Civil Air Patrol. Chaplains meet the needs of God’s people (military personnel and their families) who serve in the vocation as members of our Armed Forces.

One of the programs of this ministry is Operation Barnabas, which provides care to our nation’s military members, families and veterans. At Zion, the MOMZ group has been working with this effort to develop Bible study, devotional materials, and a network for parents and siblings of active duty military on the homefront.

Join us in thanking our veterans this Sunday, and visit the veterans display on the wall near the multipurpose room. Please pray for members and friends of Zion serving in the military, who bear the burdens that come with service, particularly in current world conditions. Please pray for our parents and families of servicemen, as they face uncertainty and concern for their sons and daughters in daily changing circumstances.

What is a Veteran? A veteran is defined by federal law, moral code and military service as "Any, Any, Any"... A military veteran is Any person who served for Any length of time in Any military service branch.

What is a War Veteran? A war veteran is any GI (Government Issue) ordered to foreign soil or waters to participate in direct or support activity against an enemy. The operant condition: Any GI sent in harm's way.

What is a Combat Veteran? A combat veteran is any GI who experiences any level of hostility for any duration resulting from offensive, defensive or friendly fire military action involving a real or perceived enemy in any foreign theater.

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