Veterans Respond to Tension in the Middle East

Header image depicts M777 Light Towed Howitzer in service with the 10th Mountain Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Logar Province, Charkh District, Afghanistan. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons.

As tensions continue with Iran, veterans speak up in the U.S. Some do so through action. For example, a Marine veteran in Alabama re-enlisted just days after the death of Iranian general Qassam Soleimani. Others take to the streets or social media in protest.

No matter what branch veterans served in, the subject of war is “personal, obviously, to us,” Army veteran Steve Prince says. “There’s mixed views just like any community; we all address things a little bit different,” he continues.

“As veterans, we know the real cost of war, so we never enter into that conversation lightly.”

Prince leads Warriors Set Free, a division of Set Free Ministries. He and other trained believers help veterans process the traumas of active duty. Learn more here.

Iraq: stay or go?

Iraq remains a key figure in the current U.S.-Iran conflict and in discussions among U.S. veterans. Many have a significant tie to the region; 2.7 million service members have been to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, Brown University reports, and over half of them have deployed more than once.

West Michigan native and Air Force veteran Jeffrey Hearth supports U.S. involvement “as a preventative measure to ensure [Iraq’s] democracy is strong” and troop withdrawal when Iraq is “strong enough for us to leave.” The goal is “a self-sustained democracy without foreign intervention,” he adds.

Hearth served in Kuwait in 2003 during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, primarily working on avionic electronic warfare systems and convoy duty. Five years later, Prince was deployed to Iraq as part of Task Force 139 (detainee operations) during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, 

CALL TO ACTION

  • Seek the Lord’s direction when praying for U.S. troops. Ask God to show you how to pray for the military members in your social circle.
  • Pray veterans and families who need help will contact Warriors Set Free.