COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - This is a special quiet anniversary in the lives of millions of soldiers. 238 years ago, the U.S. Army Chaplains Corps was created. More than 25 thousand Chaplains have been ministering to more than 25 million soldiers and their loved ones. I had an opportunity to talk with Chaplain Major Luis Lopez-Colon at Fort Carson about his history of providing hope and help to soldiers. He started in the National Guard as a registered nurse and made the transition to Chaplain. Major Lopez-Colon is with the Fourth Combat Aviation Brigade. This United Methodist Minister told me, "I've always had the passion to either help people heal or heal people and bring them to the Lord."
This anniversary is a special one for him and others who do what he does for millions, "I'm proud of the heritage we have left behind and looking forward to what we can do for the family"
Chaplain Lopez-Colon also showed me a Bible that is very special to him. It is a Bible dedicated to America's wounded warriors and their families. His picture is on the front and on the back of it. He reflected on what that means to him, "I thought God was really trying to tell me something. Soldiers are important and I have valid purpose in the Army, being a Chaplain."
This dedication of duty to others by Chaplains, like Colonel David Brown and others in the U.S. Army is why this group of men and women are Wear Red Friday Heroes. If you know someone who is deserving of this honor, go back to our homepage and our Wear Red Friday section on the home page. The nomination form is on there.