Homeward bound

Military | Soldiers on leave find a place to relax at USO airport centers
by Jamie Dean
Posted 12/23/06, 12:00 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-By mid-December, passengers at Charlotte's busy international airport form long lines and slouch over small piles of luggage, resigned to the holiday crush. Beyond the crowded security checkpoints, Terry Tellison and Jesús Rodriguez squeeze through the teeming food court and climb up a set of winding, red stairs. A sign at the top tells the young men with heavy backpacks and worn combat boots that they're in the right place. It reads: "USO: Until everyone comes home."

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Full circle

Military | A former Vietnam POW meets a woman who prayed for him 34 years ago
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 11/11/06, 12:00 am

As the Air Force F-4 burned through the sky just north of the DMZ, a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile streaked up to meet it. The SAM exploded a hundred feet away, strafing the American jet with metal shards and setting both engines on fire.

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Fade to gray

Military | Proposed military guidelines could muzzle evangelical officers and chaplains
by Stefanie Hausner
Posted 12/24/05, 12:00 am

Shortly after Kevin Radman arrived at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., last summer, his sergeant instructor ensured that each member of the unit had access to a chapel service. "He did not ask how many people were religious, he asked what sort of religion you were," recalls Mr. Radman, now a second lieutenant. The sergeant needled the lone candidate who said he was an atheist. He'd better find God, he said, because "you need to find something to hold on to."

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