Over the past year, as I interviewed military chaplains for my forthcoming book, Miracles and Moments of Grace, (Leafwood, March 2011), I began sending boxes of goodies to my chaplains to share with their troops. On more than one occasion, the chaplain asked that I instead send boxes of school supplies to distribute to impoverished local schools and orphanages.
One young medic, SPC William Seo, was so disturbed by the poverty he saw around him that he started a charity, Project Help Afghanistan, that not only distributes boxes of school supplies, but also offers literacy classes and skills training for women so they can support themselves.
In their down times, our deployed military personnel are doing what they can to assist those in need. Their natural compassion is channeled into the kinds of activities that Kristof would like to see. Of course, I want to see every American serviceman and woman home safely and home soon. But while deployed, these men and women are building bridges of peace and future prosperity.