Episode 111: Red, White, and Bro (Deployment Ed.) with U.S. Army Veteran SGT. Bennett Stock

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This week we are observing a holiday that needs no introduction. Veteran’s Day is an annual moment for us, as civilians, to honor and celebrate the selfless men and women of our U.S. Military who have served our great nation. 🇺🇸

Clearly, this federal holiday is close to my heart. As many of you know my husband, Chris, served in the Navy for 7 1/2 years and is now a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Reserves. My brother, Sergeant Bennett Stock, also shares the veteran title. Ben served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army with Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina. In June 2019 he and hundreds of other brave men and women departed from the United States for a nine month deployment in Afghanistan. While my family’s hearts trembled with fear everyday Ben was away we chose to place our trust in God. We prayed for Him to cover Ben’s life with His protection. In the middle of a global pandemic, March 2020, God answered our prayers and safely brought our soldier home.

On this episode of Still With You I am joined by the returning guest, the red, white, and bro himself, my brother, Ben, to talk about his service experience in Afghanistan. 

While a large chunk of this chat is heavy hitting there are a few hilarious splashes of stories of barrack tattoos, his dog, Bear, and a new house building he has in process. What I love most about our conversation is learning how to pray strategically for our service members as well as the nation of Afghanistan. As followers of Christ, who believe in the power of prayer, friends, I ask you lean in.

I am so thankful for every armed forces member who has given their life to serve our great nation. There is not a day that passes in which I do not thank God for my brother and our military. I am grateful for his service, inspired by his grit, and overjoyed for his second appearance on the show. Happy Veteran’s Day!

⚠️ CAUTION: This episode contains conversation topics that might be sensitive to young listeners and triggering to individuals with current or prior military experience. Listener discretion is advised. If you or someone you know needs help please connect with the Veterans Crisis Line  to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255. You are not alone.

Links for this episode…

Episode 12: Red, White, and Bro

Music, “We’ll Be Alright” by Gabrielle Grace

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