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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

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 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

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, 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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