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WHAT KIND OF MAN
WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD DO SUCH A THING?,
Jack Tilley, a Sergeant Major of the Army, was with a group of
people who recently were visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed
Medical Center in Washington , DC .
He saw a Special Forces soldier who had lost his right hand and
suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his body. Sgt.
Tilley wanted to honor him and show him respect without offending,
but what can you say or do in such a situation that will encourage
and uplift? How do you shake the right hand of a soldier who has
none? He decided to act as though the hand was not missing and
soldiers wrist while speaking words of comfort and encouragement
However, there was another man in the group who knew exactly what
This man reverently took the soldier's stump of a hand in both of
his hands, bowed at the bedside, and prayed for him. When he
finished the prayer he stood up, bent over the soldier, kissed him
on the head, and told him that he loved him.
Sgt. Tilley was awed by the powerful expression of love for one of
our wounded heroes he was witnessing! "What a beautiful Christ-like
example!" he thought, moved to tears. What kind of a man would do
such a thing?
It was the wounded man's Commander-In-Chief, George W. Bush,
of The United States.
This eyewitness account was told by Sergeant Major Jack Tilley at
Breakfast at Red Stone Arsenal, AL, and recorded by Chaplain James
Henderson, who was stationed there.