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Re: Our Commander in Chief

Seen this on another board and thought it was a good read.

At Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC recently the Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack Tilley, was with a group of people visiting the wounded soldiers. He saw a Special Forces soldier who had lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his body. The SMA 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 soldierís wrist while speaking words of comfort and encouragement to him.
But there was another man in that group of visitors who had even brought his wife with him to visit the wounded who knew exactly what to do. This man reverently took the soldiers 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 and kissed him on the head and told him that he loved him.
What a powerful expression of love for one of our wounded heroes! What kind of a man would kneel in such humility and submission? It was the wounded manís Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush; a true leader.
This story was told by the SMA at a Soldiers Breakfast held at Red Arsenal, AL, and recorded by Chaplain James Henderson, stationed there.
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Re: Our Commander in Chief

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/bush-tilley.htm

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President George W. Bush is described as having held a wounded U.S. soldier's stump, where he had lost his hand, and praying for him. A story told by U.S. Sergeant Major Jack Tilley. The story was related by Chaplain James Henderson of the Association of the U.S. Army, the Redstone Huntsville chapter.


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A spokesperson for the Sgt. Major Jack Tilley says this story is based on some real events, but is exaggerated.
He says that although both President Bush and Sgt. Major Tilley have both visited wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, they have never done so together.
During one of his visits, Sgt. Major Tilley met a special forces soldier who lost his right hand in an accident involving a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
The soldier offered his limb to Tilley in greeting.
Tilley shook his bandaged arm, presented him with a coin, and said, 'God bless you.'
A few days later, President Bush visited the hospital, greeted several soldiers and presented many with medals.
Mr. Bush also encountered the same soldier who had lost his right hand.
When the soldier offered his limb in greeting, the president cupped his bandaged arm in both hands, said 'God bless you,' and kissed the soldier on the forehead, according to Sgt. Major Tilley's spokesperson.

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hmmm...both accounts on the web...which one to believe..which one has more validity...I'll stick with the prayer one.

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