A story about a wayside, headstrong, and rebellious son of a preacher who becomes a Marine. Tim Lee goes on an eighteen month tour in Vietnam as an engineer and, pushing to go on a final mission, he steps on a 60lb “box mine” that takes both legs (BK and AK), voids his orders to embassy duty, erases his dream of a career in the Corps, and puts him on a protracted painful battle with infection and additional amputations, robbing him of any chance to walk.
Throughout the ordeal, Tim Lee never lets himself wallow in self-pity or turn away from God. In fact, it serves to strengthen his resolve and faith – an actual, real life example that shows the story of the strong and resilient service members who persevered through their faith in God. Unlike the character portrayed once by Tom Cruise, Tim Lee is “Born on the Fifth of July.”
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In 1989, Tom Cruise starred in the Oscar-winning movie Born on the 4th of July based on the true story of a Ron Kovic, an embittered paralyzed Vietnam veteran who became a very vocal anti-war protestor. Though Although it was understandable based upon his life experiences, I chose not to be poisoned by all that had been thrown in my path. I chose a different route. God allowed me to experience “post traumatic growth” in my healing journey. My story differs from the one Tom Cruise portrayed. I was not born on the 4th. I was Born on the 5th of July. For me, that means that by God’s grace, I was born in America, and He enabled me to follow the example of my father and serve my country in our nation’s military. It means I salute the flag and pledge my allegiance to “one nation under God.” It means there are some things worth fighting for, and if need be, worth dying for. I’m proud to be an American and proud to be Born on the 5th of July!
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