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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


> 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


> as though the hand was not missing and gripped the soldiers wrist

> while speaking words of comfort and encouragement to him.


> However, there was another man in the group who knew exactly what to

> do. This man reverently took the soldier's stump of a hand in both of

> his


> 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!"


> 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, President

> of the United States.


> This eyewitness account was told by Sergeant Major Jack Tilley at a

> Soldiers Breakfast at Red Stone Arsenal, AL, and recorded by Chaplain

> James Henderson, who was stationed there.


> Pass it on...the press won't.

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