Paul Milliken, now pastor at Trinity Tower United Methodist Church in Penn Hills, said he counseled scores of servicemen and women while he was in the Middle East.
"A couple came because of their having had to kill and just the terrible thought that they were responsible for taking another life," he
said."I told them that was their mission, that they were working for the government, which has license to do this sort of thing for the protection of others."
Marital issues were the biggest concern for many, he
recalled one soldier who received a letter from his
spouse simply stating, "I won't be here when you get back."
"It takes a special breed to suffer through that kind of punishment," he
also recalled a group of hecklers who would taunt him whenever he
would pray for a successful mission.Finally, said Chaplain Milliken, he just started praying for their safe return.