“Truly, this is the first Oversized Check I’ve ever handled. I’m thankful for the generosity of these fine cyclists who have given such a generous gift to the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship. I’m pictured here with Vietnam Veterans, the folks who are teaching more recent veterans how to come home from a war. This gift was given in loving memory of Vietnam veteran and Army chaplain Bob Tarbet. Beverly Tarbet (on the other end of the Oversized Check) believes in the mission of the EVF because of her experiences with Bob coming home from Vietnam “a different person.” They found healing and hope through the Church, counselors, and friends, after their significant trials. We hope to bring healing to veterans and their families through this gift.” EVF Founder, The Rev. Dr. David W. Peters
EVF Bishop Magness Inducts Bob and Warren
November 29, 2016
I am returning to a civilized world
I no longer recognize.
Eight years go
to the night we toasted our brothers
beneath a mortar streaked sky –
too tired to run for shelter, too comforted
in the fire of a makeshift grill, too much
feeling as if the others should be here.
I am in a safe community of strangers
each one known by the chirp
of a car alarm, the slam of a door.
In the absence of danger we’re creating
our own fear.
I am trying
to wring stories out of a dry brain,
some by folks not here to tell them.
I am over the desire to look
for what’s falling from the sky,
but I am wondering if I shouldn’t be.
D.A. Gray, 2016