Most people view reports of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan as abstractions or possibly as statistics. However, for members of the military and their friends and families, death in war time is very real and represents a personal loss. Hero Birds shows how the U.S. Army begins the process of bringing fallen soldiers back home. This is a first-person account by an Army chaplain who took part in numerous recovery missions while he was deployed in Afghanistan.
“Hero Birds gives incredible insight into the sacred duties of an Army Chaplain at war in the rugged terrain of Eastern Afghanistan with the storied helicopter unit of the 101st Airborne. He is the caretaker of tired and broken souls and this gripping book aptly shows how he ministered to the gallant, the weary, the wounded, and the honored dead. The tale had me mesmerized; I literally could not put it down!”
— Jamie Halchishick, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army
“Hero Birds is a pastor’s first-hand account of shepherding his clock in war-torn Afghanistan. This story gives the reader a glimpse into the world of our army heroes who fly into dangerous territory to render medical assistance to the wounded, but this story is so much more. It is a story of individuals: men and women who risk all to ensure no one is left behind. It is a story of true friendships and to one man’s commitment to bringing every soldier home—both spiritually, and when necessary, physically.”
— Lynn Silk, the Gold Star mother of hero Staff Sergeant Brandon Silk