Military & Veterans Affairs Hosts Prayer Breakfast for Military Community
By Brett Wilson | November 12, 2014
LT Jason Redman, U.S. Navy (Ret.).
Photo courtesy of Alex Perry.
LT Jason Redman, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was a self-proclaimed "closet" Christian, saving his prayer time before he entered the battlefield, more out of habit than reverence.
"I'd say, 'Lord, I'd be cemented in my faith if you would only give me a sign,'" Redman told guests of Regent University's Veterans Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs on Friday, Nov. 7.
But on Sept. 13, 2007, Redman learned to be careful what he wished for.
He was only one week away from ending his deployment in Fallujah, Iraq, when his assault team received word of a "time sensitive target."
While Redman and his team were making preparations to move on the target, he said he was prompted by a small voice telling him to wear his side plates—a piece of protective gear typically relinquished by troops in favor of better maneuvering ability.
Despite his instincts to leave the gear behind, he slipped in his side plates and went to work securing the enemy target in Karma.
"Nothing good can come from a city named 'Karma,'" said Redman.
After securing the target, Redman and his team walked into an enemy ambush. Two rounds of heavy machine gun and small arms fire hit Redman's arm.
"It deadened all of my nerves, and a shock flew up my spine and hit my skull," said Redman. "I thought my arm had blown off."
While attempting to run for cover, Redman was shot again, with this shot taking off his nose and shattering nearly every bone in his face. Everyone, including Redman in his fogged state, thought he was dead.
"When I finally came to, I couldn't figure out what happened," said Redman. "I was just laying on my back looking up at the night stars."
After a few moments, Redman took another round of heavy enemy fire—directly into the side plate he had been prompted to put on just a few hours before.
"I thought my world was going to fade to black on that dusty field," said Redman. "But all I could do was ask God for the strength to go home to see my wife and kids—and suddenly in that moment, I had strength."
Surpassing all knowledge or logic, Redman walked onto a rescue helicopter. He was then relocated to Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland. While in recovery, he hung a bright red sign on his door, a mere two-dimensional prelude to the courage dwelling in his hospital bed:
"Attention to all who enter here: if you are coming into this room with sorrow or feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere," it read. "The wounds I received, I got in a job I love, doing it for a people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love."
Apart from the 190 hours he spent in anesthesia-induced surgery—the equivalent of five 40-hour work weeks—Redman said getting shot in the face was the best thing that's ever happened to him.
After recovery, Redman founded Wounded Wear, a nonprofit organization that supports injured survivors of military service and the families of fallen heroes.
"Through all of this, I've learned about overcoming adversity," said Redman. "I wasn't the same as I was before; God gave me a second chance."
Redman uses that second chance to tell his story. His combat memoir, Trident, has captivated readers everywhere, proclaiming there is no feat in life that can't be overcome. Even almost-fatal bullet wounds.
Following Redman's remarks at the prayer breakfast was a presentation of an Honor and Remember flag in memory of Captain Shane Adcock (U.S. Army), to his parents Maris and Vera. Adcock was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his 14 months of combat along the Pakistan border with 2-27 Infantry Battalion.
He was killed in action while on combat patrol in Iraq on Oct. 11, 2006. He was buried with full military honors and rests at Arlington National Cemetery.
Learn more about Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888
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