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Paratrooper Prayer
The Airborne Code
USMA Cadet, Midshipman
Golden Knights
Marine
Ranger, Gen. Garrison
Rigger
Special Forces
82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION
82nd, A
82nd, B
82nd, Jumpmaster
82nd Abn. Div. Assoc. Application
101st AIRBORNE DIVISION (Airmobile)
101st, A
101st, B
101st, C
11th Airborne, Angels
17th Abn. Division
JUMPING MUSTANGS, 1st of the 8th, 1st Cav Division RVN
Jumping Mustangs, A
Jumping Mustang, B
Jumping Mustang, C
Operation Overlord
160th Av. Abn. Night Stalkers
173rd Airborne, The Herd
3rd Royal Australian Regt., attached to 173rd
504th
506th WWII and Currahee
508th, Normandy
509th Pathfinder
517th PIR
551st PIR
USAF Pararescue
Paratrooper Heaven
Soldier, Sailor- Marine, Airman
Pledge of Allegiance, Red Skelton
The Parachute Regiment, GB, Collect for Peace
The Parachute Reg., GB, The Collect
The Parachute Reg., GB, Airborne Millenium Prayer
IDF, Israel, A Paratrooper's Cry
French, Indochina War, Diem Bien Phu
IDF, Israel, POW's Prayer
42nd Brig. de Inf. Paracaidistas,Ven.
PRAYERS BY MOS OR BRANCH
Airborne ,Air Assault
Armor
Artillery
Aviation
Infantry
Ordinance
Transportation
St. Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of the Airborne
St. Mike, A
St. Mike, B
St. Mike, C
St. Mike Jump Commands
St. Michael's Airborne Society Rules
POW
What is a Veteran
Who's Packing Your Chute?
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Prayers for those in Recovery from addiction or PTSD

These prayers are for those who suffer from addiction or PTSD. Below I have placed links to some of the sites I think are the best.
 
Prayers
The following Prayers were developed for the Vietnam Veterans of America by the Natl. Assoc. of Viet Nam Veteran Ministers and are used with permission.. From the V.V. A. Ritual Book

A Responsive Prayer for Peace
May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease, when a great peace will embrace the whole world.
 *Then nation will not threaten nation, and mankind will never again know war.
For all who live on earth shall realize we have not come into being to hate and destroy.
 *We have come into being to praise, to labor, to love.
Compassionate God, bless the leaders of all nation with the power of compassion.
 *Fulfill the promise conveyed in scripture:
I will bring peace to the land,
and you shall lie down and no one shall terrify you.
 *I will rid the land of vicious beasts and it shall not be ravaged by war.
Let love and justice flow like a mighty stream,
 *Let peace fill the earth as the waters fill the sea.
And let us say:
AMEN 
 
A responsive prayer for peace At a Gathering
Lord God, we give you thanks for the opportunity we have had to meet together as fellow veterans who have served our beloved nation. We thank you for the times of fun and companionship we have enjoyed. Now, as we are about to leave one another we would remember those who are not with us today. Be with those who are in despair and those who are lonely. Comfort and strengthen them with your presence. Inspire us, O Lord, to continue to seek peace in our world, peace with compassion and justice. And may we be ever ready to serve others and to serve you, even as we have served our nation. Amen
(Page IV-10)
 
POW/MIA Recognition Day
Lord, shelter the prisoners of war and those missing in action from the war in Southeast Asia and those of other wars in Korea, Europe and the Far East. Open the hearts and minds of their captors, that they maybe restored to their homes and loved ones.
Each has carried the burden of battles.
Each has discharged the duties of the obligation of their country.
Each has been subjected to hazard, pain, and imprisonment beyond the lot of a soldier.
O Lord, these gallant men and women who bear so great a burden must not be forgotten or forsaken.
God of Justice, to whom we pray, your compassion we beseech.
Lift their burdens, give them strength, and strike the shackles that deny them freedom. AMEN.  (IV_25)
 
Prayer for the Land
and People of Viet Nam
O God, Creator and Author of all that is living, forgive us for the despoliation of once beautiful land called Viet Nam. May your all-powerful hand restore it to its original garden of Eden beauty. May it never again suffer at the hands of humanity. O Lord, the People! The People! A people we never knew became our enemy. We were so young and so scared -- and so were they! For us, they all looked alike. We shouldn't distinguish the NVA and the VC from an ARVN from a civilian. Our paranoia caused tremendous pain, torture, mutilation, and death. Forgive us, Lord, and heal those who we have afflicted such suffering. We have welcomed refugees to our land. Heal us, so that we may live side by side with them in peace and harmony. May we as concerned citizens of this great land we call America move beyond the past legacy of war to encourage this process of change, to recognize signs of increasing openness and to begin to respond to the genuine humanitarian needs of the Vietnamese people. AMEN.
 
A Prayer for People with PTSD.
Higher Power, I know it's not within the harmony of the universe that I be healed from the trauma of remembering without pain.
Help me through the pain.
Surround me with the golden light of healing, fill me with the white light of peace and love.
Help me to bear the pain as I go through the memories.
Help me to cry.
Help me to remember.
Help me to love myself no matter what happened to me or what I did to survive.
Help me to release and let go of my survival skills, the things such as anger and numbness that helped keep me alive, as I become aware of how ineffective they can be in getting me what I want today.
Fill me with light and love until I am green and growing again in the harmony of the universe, if it be Thy will, AMEN. by: Patience Mason
 
Nurse's Prayer
To see Christ in everyone -both weak and strong;
 To listen to all sighs yet hear a song - I ask Thee Lord!
To rise above the pretty things in life,
 And give a lift to others in strife - I beg Thee Lord!
To bear the little knocks in silent love,
 And ever serve with selfless love - I pray Thee Lord!
To spread the heaven of Thy peace along the way,
 And with a smile to brighten somebody's day;
So may it be, dear Lord!
 
An Airman's Prayer
Lord, with whom all secrets we share,
Of meeting places high above the common folk.
OF breathless wonders, nature's gift to us,
Our unlimited views of the busy world below --
Be we governed by nature's highest laws -- by fair weather or foul --
By her laws of physics which we compromise, we escape to
  commune with Thee.
If we be taken from this earth to Thy eternal home Lord,
Grant that death shall come with no warning, no pain nor fear --
That our last memory be one of glory and triumph,
There be no time lost until we greet Thee in the Life Beyond.
Thy will be done, Lord.
And if Thou take us, grant us that our Kin may inherit our strength
 and our love of precious life --
That they too shall live in Eternity --
 And we shall rest.
AMEN.
 
Serenity Prayer for Veterans and other Survivors of Trauma
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change: the past, what happened to me, that what happened to me was traumatic no matter how effectively I have stuffed it.
 Courage to change the things I can: my attitude towards my symptoms -- help me to accept them as a normal response to trauma and evidence that I need to take care of myself by talking about what happened to me with a safe person and getting whatever help I need; my actions -- I no longer have to drug, deny or repress my symptoms. I can accept them as evidence of how much I have been through; my reactions -- instead of freaking our or trying to repress what I feel, I can focus on the symptom, whether it is numbness, a painful emotion or memory, dream, or flashback, or a physical reaction, feel what I feel, go through and have the pain and learn whatever it is that my Higher Power wants me to learn and share about the effects of trauma on people. I can change how I see these symptoms -- as normal responses to trauma which helped me to survive and will help me to recover even if they are painful.
 And the wisdom to know the difference: help me to be willing to accept that I survived something terrible, and that I can learn from it and heal if I look outside my own head for help, and to believe that I deserve to heal whatever I did to survive.
 Patience Mason

Called to Peace
You can be at peace, for God loves you and is with you now and always,
 guiding you, helping you, healing you.
You can be at peace, for God is lifting you up and over every obstacle, leading you
 through every darkness, and providing for your every needs.
You can be at peace, for you are the Father's child -- innately spiritual, strong, whole.
 courageous, capable, and able to do all things easily and well.
You can be at peace, for you are ever one with the Father, whose loving arms are now  around you, bringing release and reassurance.
You can be at peace, dear friend, for you are never alone. You have the very spirit of  God within you. 
You can be at peace right now, because God lives within you and is already doing the  work that needs to be done within your mind, your emotions, your body, and your  life.
You can be at peace about everything.
Indeed, you can be at peace at this time, and in this experience of life, for you know that  the Father abiding within is your all-sufficiency in every way
 
Serenity Prayer for Veterans and other Survivors of Trauma
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change: the past, what happened to me, that what happened to me was traumatic no matter how effectively I have stuffed it.
 Courage to change the things I can: my attitude towards my symptoms -- help me to accept them as a normal response to trauma and evidence that I need to take care of myself by talking about what happened to me with a safe person and getting whatever help I need; my actions -- I no longer have to drug, deny or repress my symptoms. I can accept them as evidence of how much I have been through; my reactions -- instead of freaking our or trying to repress what I feel, I can focus on the symptom, whether it is numbness, a painful emotion or memory, dream, or flashback, or a physical reaction, feel what I feel, go through and have the pain and learn whatever it is that my Higher Power wants me to learn and share about the effects of trauma on people. I can change how I see these symptoms -- as normal responses to trauma which helped me to survive and will help me to recover even if they are painful.
 And the wisdom to know the difference: help me to be willing to accept that I survived something terrible, and that I can learn from it and heal if I look outside my own head for help, and to believe that I deserve to heal whatever I did to survive.
 Patience Mason

Footprints In the Sand
I dreamed that I had died. The Lord and I walked side by side, leaving two sets of footprints in the sand. Ahead in the distance, I  could see the pearly gate of Heaven I took one last glance behind me, wanting to remember all the footprints I have taken through my life.
Behind me, over the smooth and easy paths of my life's journey, there were two sets of footprints in the sand. By where the Lord road was steep and difficult to travel there appeared only one set of footprints. I asked the Lord this question: Lord, I believe that you would walk by my side through my life, during easy times and difficult times, But during the hard journeys, I see only one set of footprints. Why?
The Lord answered, "My child, I was with you all through your travels, but along the most difficult paths, I carried you."
Prayer during the memorial for a VVA Member
In the rising of the sun and in its going down,   we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,  we remember them.
In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,  we remember them.
In the blue-ness of the skies and the warmth of summer, we remember them.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,   we remember them.
When we are weary and it needs strength,  we remember them.
When we are lost and sick of heart,    we remember them.
When we have joy and special celebrations
 we yearn to share,    we remember them.
When we see our nations young marching behind our flag,
 or hear "taps" played,    we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us.
And when we answer the final roll, we know the ________- will fulfill
 his/her duty, and greet us with the words of compassion, and friendship,
 peace and Love. "Welcome home" adapted from a traditional Jewish prayer
Native American Prayer
Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones who must come back together to walk the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other.

Ojibway people of Canada.
Prayer about the Quest for Peace
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle,
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe is right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created.
Week of Prayer and World Peace, 1978

Adapted Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace -
That where there is hatred, may I bring love-
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness-
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony -
That where there is error, I may bring truth -
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith -
That where there is despair, I may bring hope -
That where there is shadows, I may bring light -
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I seek rather to comfort than to be comforted -
To understand rather than to be understood -
To Love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life
 

Variation on the Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and
Wisdom to know the difference.
Grant me patience with the things that take time;
Tolerance of the struggles of others that may be different from my own;
Appreciation for all I have;  and the
Willingness to get up and try again
One day at a time.
 
Called to Peace
You can be at peace, for God loves you and is with you now and always,
 guiding you, helping you, healing you.
You can be at peace, for God is lifting you up and over every obstacle, leading you
 through every darkness, and providing for your every needs.
You can be at peace, for you are the Father's child -- innately spiritual, strong, whole.
 courageous, capable, and able to do all things easily and well.
You can be at peace, for you are ever one with the Father, whose loving arms are now  around you, bringing release and reassurance.
You can be at peace, dear friend, for you are never alone. You have the very spirit of  God within you. 
You can be at peace right now, because God lives within you and is already doing the  work that needs to be done within your mind, your emotions, your body, and your  life.
You can be at peace about everything.
Indeed, you can be at peace at this time, and in this experience of life, for you know that  the Father abiding within is your all-sufficiency in every way
Calm My Heart
O Lord, calm the waves of this heart; and calm it's tempests. Calm thyself, O my soul, so that the divine can act in thee. Calm thyself, O my soul, so that God is able to repose in thee, so that his peace may cover thee. Yes, Father in heaven, often have we found that the world around us cannot give us peace, O but make us feel that thou are able to give us peace; let us know the truth of thy promise; that the whole world may not take away thy peace.
Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-55

A Soldier Died Today
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast And he sat around the Legion telling stories of the past,  Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors, his tales  became a joke, All his buddies listened, for they knew where of he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer, for old Bob has passed away And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
No he won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife, For he lived an ordinary very quiet sort of life, He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way; And the world won't note his passing; 'tho a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great, Papers tell of their life stories from the time that they were young, But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land  Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow who in times of war and strife Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives Are sometimes disproportionate to the services he gives, While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal, and perhaps a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them, for it was so long ago That our Bob's and Jim's and Johnny's went to battle, but we know It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand,  Would you really want some cop-out with his ever waffling stand? Or would you want a soldier who has sworn to defend His home, his kin, and country, and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin But his presence should remind us, we may need his like again. For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days. Perhaps a simple headline in the paper that might say:
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.
 

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