Spiritual Veterans

Veterans Day

A veteran is he who served for his country in  the military, navy, army or air force.

historical veterans day

Legal definition 

Section 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” This definition explains that any individual that completed a service for any branch of armed forces classifies as a veteran as long as they were not dishonorably discharged.

Why should we honor them?

Thanks to them and serving our country, we have the freedom and safety we do in the United States of America.


What is a spiritual Veteran?

If you serve God, you are a spiritual veteran. A server of God is a disciple and a disciple is disciplined. Disciples should be wise enough to ask God “What is my next move in order to proceed with my purpose?”  A spiritual veteran not only serves his nation but the entire globe. We live in a spiritual world full of tribulations that must be defeated on a daily basis. Just like a regular veteran fights in a war, we fight in the spiritual war.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

veterans day-veteran John Delgado

   Dr. John Delgado, Director  and Pastor of Texas Theology University and retired veteran is an example of both spiritual and non spiritual veteran. He served in the Military and served in the church.

As Christians in America.

We put God number one.
He so loved the world
That He sent His only Son.
Christians love America,
And for our nation we pray
That God will give us mercy.
Some pray this every day.
Many veterans live among us.
Part of their lives they gave,
Serving these United States.
Freedom, they wanted to save.
Thank you, honored veterans,
For serving our great nation.
We know it was not easy,
Moving from station to station.
Some of you dear veterans
Fought for our great land.
You risked your life to go,
And for freedom took a stand!
We must not ever forget
Those who gave their lives,
Fighting for our country,
Leaving parents, kids, and wives.
Thank you, dear veterans.
On Veteran’s Day, we honor you.
You served this nation well.
For it, you stood so true.

16 Responses

  1. Jones says:

    This article triggered my mind to my late friend, he was a spiritual veteran and also a non-spiritual veteran. I always enjoy your articles, they are always filled with divine messages and enough lessons to learn. I’ve read several articles about veterans but this is the first I’m seeing that relates it to the spiritual, I really like this and I look forward to seeing more of its kind. Thanks for being a source of inspiration, this article will definitely help me and other too, thank you.

  2. drinkteahub says:

    Very much appreciate and echo your thoughts about veterans, about the sacrifices they make for our freedoms, and that we all should honour their service. Unfortunately here in the UK we do not treat our veterans as well as we should and it falls to charity to do most of the work of supporting them because our government, sadly, does not.

  3. Queen says:

    This is a really nice writeup, giving honuor to whom honour is due. There isnt enough way to show appreciation to these  Veteran men and women for the sacrifices they make inorder to protect our nation.

    The battles they went through both physically and spiritually, putting themselves in harms way just to make sure we get to live our own normal lives.

    I don’t think there is any selfless work that can compare to that. And I pray the good Lord continue to Bless and keep them safe and strong through the remainder of their years..

  4. Jordan says:

    Thanks for sharing this! 

    I appreciate Veterans too. I think people who have not had to experience warfare often forget what our veterans have been through. We don’t necessarily grasp the depth of sacrifice or even trauma that many of them endured, often willingly, because they cared for their people. I’ve had loved ones very scarred by their experience in war, and they need our compassion.

    As far as being spiritual veterans, the Bible often makes that parallel! Followers of Jesus need to practice spiritual disciplines, in similar ways to soldiers. It takes consistency,  and constancy. 

  5. John says:

    This is not a bad post at all. I must say that i do not usually celebrate the the veterans day but it is good to learn about the importance of such a great day and to celebrate wonderful people like that. I believe that spiritual veterans are all around us but I need to ask. I’d a spiritual veteran necessarily a pastor, can’t it be anyone who has actually made a spiritual impact?

  6. Tracy says:

    Our veterans deserves to be celebrated and they must surely receive their honors that made them unique from just any other individuals. They have fought bravely to save our beloved mother land at the expense of their life and I’m happy to be among the ones that would stand tall to celebrate them. Thank you so much for being there and saving us all in times of troubles.
    i wish that there are ways we could ever repay them for their deeds but si CE all we could do for now is to praise you and celebrate you. The real martyrs.
    Thanks for remembering and celebrating them on here

  7. Rick says:

    Honoring our veterans is extremely important. Many of the people that decide to serve our country are volunteers and have decided to defend and serve to protect our freedoms. I believe that more people should choose to serve. It builds character and will make you think more of other people than yourself.

    Being a spiritual veteran is even more important because I believe the invisible world is more important the the visible.

  8. Mattias says:

    Excellent article you have written up here and I must say,the veterans are the real heroes of democracy and if not for their courage to stare at death right in the eyes for the safety of their country, we all would have been displaced. I have a retired army colonel as a neighbour and I will definitely get him a flower from any floral store around. They deserve to be celebrated and honoured for their hood deeds for the nation. They deserve to be honored.

  9. John says:

    Now I understand what it means to be a spiritual veteran. Actually I know what a veteran is and I recognize them a lot. I think that its important that we also respect the spiritual veterans too. This is a very nicely written post on the veterans day. I really hope that someday, I too become a spiritual veteran just like the man you have mentioned in this post. Thank you for a spiritually uplifting post.

  10. dreamgirl93 says:


    I found your article quite educational. I didn’t know that a veteran was called someone who has participated in the army. I see that I understood wrongly this work. I thought that a veteran was only someone who had died in a war. 

    I didn’t know the meaning of a “spiritual veteran” either, if you had asked me before reading this article, I couldn’t have know that the meaning of the term was related to God. 

  11. Shelley says:

    I join with you to appreciate the efficiency and the vibrance of our veterans who have left the comfort of their homes where they could stay with their loved ones for battle fore front just to serve the country and make the world a poeacful place for us to live in. They are the real heroes and they are the best that have been. I salute their courage in the faces of death and the fact that they do it in places they knew not, may Got be with them forever more

  12. gr8megawinner says:

    My heart goes to the veterans specially those veterans who fought valiantly and wounded and have been disabled because of that. Their selfless service to protect the sovereignty and freedom of our country is so enshrined in my heart and all those with grateful hearts. We enjoy the democracy and the right to property and always free because our veterans who fought like lions and defeated the enemies for our sake even if it means the risk of death have gifted it for us. Indeed many of their comrades didn’t make it but they will never be forgotten. The spiritual dimension of their heroism is so powerful that they die for us just as our Lord died for us that we may have life and have it abundantly. Amen. Long live the veterans!

  13. Netta says:

    Hey Linda:

    I was struck by your post about veterans.  I have a number of friends, many of whom suffer from PTSD from their time in the military.  I do agree that the sacrifices they have made — in their bodies and their minds — are horrific and that they deserve to be honored and thanked for their service.  

    I am always saddened that as a nation we have had to ask these ones to face the things that broke them.  

    I am blessed that I have known a number of them who have healed enough to get on with the rest of their lives and who retain their humor and love for their fellow-men and their own basic goodness.  

    All of them are an inspiration, I think.

  14. LynMc says:

    I read your post a few times. Wondering why you posted this now. However, I like the fact that you zeroed in on what’s important and reminded us to stop and be aware of these men and women that gave up their time, their friends, their family and some their lives, so you and I can have the freedom we often take for granted.

    I couldn’t resonate with connecting people as spiritual veterans. Perhaps as so many are new in their spiritual walk, I don’t see them as veterans. Having said that, I do know there are indeed some spiritual veterans. The thing about our spirituality is that is ever evolving.

    Thank you for this post.

  15. Chris says:

    Hi Linda, my name is Chris from the WA community. Your article is a beautiful sentiment. I don’t know where else I would go to find such a traditional attitude about the importance of military service to your country and reverence to God. This is the type of message that I think is most needed by our leaders more than most. So many people have forgotten what this country is supposed to be about.

    I noticed that you posted this article on June 22. Is there a particular reason you decided to post a Veterans Day message at this time? I believe that there are some days that we set aside for specific observations, but those days should be recognized every day of the year. Is that your motivation for this article?

    • Hell Chris.
      Thank you oh so much for your comment and viewpoints.
      Well, I published this post on that date because we are getting closer to the 4th of July; which is Memorial day.
      This implies veterans, freedom, justice and so on.
      I will eventually write based on that as well later on.

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