A Soldier’s Story

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.  “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me. “Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

Moral: The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!
January 24th, 2013 at 8:55 am

very heart touching story…..after i read it,i cried a little but i liked it a lot………. <3

February 18th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

It was a lesson for us. Very nice and Superb Story.

Dan A Currie
March 13th, 2013 at 7:13 am

Very good story … a lot of Rod Serling in it … however I fail to see the how that relates to a mini-gun toting Federal soldier blowing a Confederate soldier to bits. What has that to do with Viet nam?

June 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 pm

So nice story

June 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

very heart touching story…..

Gireng sulivan
July 27th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

So sad this story.expecially that son

September 30th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

a nice story!please let me translate it into Myanmar.

October 4th, 2013 at 4:54 am

l like it,it give me a good lesson in my life.

October 5th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Very nice story

ibraheem khan
October 7th, 2013 at 2:47 am

such incidents occure only at Europ not here at South Asian Muslim countries.Alhamdolillah.anyhow like to read ur heart touching story

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November 26th, 2013 at 8:54 am

wow it is a very story …………………jitni vhi ham tarif kare woh kam hai…………..

December 7th, 2013 at 4:28 am

Masha Allah kya story bhai . Dil khuas hogaya mera ……..

January 20th, 2014 at 1:42 am

Nyc story…got tears….:-(..

April 17th, 2014 at 3:14 am

wow!!! Heart Touching Story pls don’t ignore any one who needs help..

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