The fourth annual Prayer Breakfast has come and gone, and it was a very powerful event. In case you missed it, or if you want to experience it again, you may watch the re-broadcast of the event below. Meanwhile, we're working out the details for an even bigger and better Prayer Breakfast in 2015, so please come back soon!
A very special and heartfelt thanks to everyone that made it possible, and to all of those that attended! To view the entire service, click here!
We were extremely proud to have had Medal of Honor SSG Ty Carter as our key note speaker for the 2014 Prayer Breakfast. His valiant acts of courage at Outpost Keating in October 2009 have merited much admiration and respect but it is his dedication to his fellow Soldiers and his determination to address the needs of those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress that you truly remember and be inspired by.
Excerpt from Frank Hill's growing list of powerful compositions.
Why we run.
We run for the countless masses with minimal allies. We run to make audible the vanished voices aching to scream their lungs out, with secrets and stories too twisted to tell, buried too deep in the wretched glorious wreck within. We run for those too frightened, too frozen to move, with no obvious internal cover or concealment, no “green zone” of the soul. We run for the battered and bruised, the teeming beaches filled shoulder to shoulder with Brothers and Sisters ankle deep in distraught, poured from confusion boats and into the breach. We run to give name to unnamable entrenched emotion. To share the burden of the weary and carry the weight they have carried for us.
We run to outrun the demons, past the parade of horrible and heal with honor the heaviest hearts. We run to spin the globe beneath our boots, so far and so fast that we raise the sun and shine the brightest of lights on these consistent open wounds, unseen to the eye but terribly tangible to the entire being, finally allowing them to heal in peace.
We run so the world can see, hear, feel, accept and embrace, fully, who they are now, who they have become. We run so they won’t have to run alone. We run in prayer that we can possibly understand how to stand under the immeasurable impossibilities that face them.
We run to remind them they are worth running for; to remind them they are the everlasting inherently good. We run to quell the epidemic, to multiply 22 by zero. We run to remember to never forget. We run for each and every one of them. We run to walk them all the way home. We run for Kyle.
Hill enlisted in the Army as a private in 1997 and received an Army scholarship that aided him in completing his bachelors degree in psychology in 2003 from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Hill served a total of 10 years as an enlisted combat medic and psychiatric technician and a medical service corps officer. He resigned his commission in 2007, after achieving the rank of captain. While on active duty, Hill deployed as an officer to Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 with the 758th Forward Surgical Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning to JBLM he was promoted and then assigned as the company commander for Bravo Company of the Warrior Transition Battalion. Hill was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for providing medical aid while under direct fire as well as several Meritorious Service Medals for his actions while downrange. Hill just received his master's degree in counseling psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. His goal is to serve the nations active military and veterans who struggle with complications due to the continuing conflicts. Hill's service left him not only with post traumatic stress and a traumatic brain injury but also with a steadfast determination to position himself as a pillar, providing support for returning veterans who face similar challenges. He was a speaker at the Race for A Soldier Prayer Breakfast in 2012 and continues to support the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation's mission as military adviser.