Congregations that want to do more than pray for veterans on Veterans Day might consider providing copies of a historic book of devotions to military troops and veterans in Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The Strength for Service Corporation, a nondenominational organization created by the United Methodist Commission on United Methodist Men, sends free copies of “Strength for Service to God and Country” to chaplains who distribute the books to men and women on active duty and patients in VA hospitals.

Those chaplains said the devotionals have an impressive reach and a powerful spiritual effect on those who receive the pocket-size book.

The Rev. Richard Pusateri served as senior supervisory chaplain for 150 Marine Corps chaplains, many in southwest Asia from 2005 to 2009.

“While I spent most of the time in Iraq, I also served in the Horn of Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Afghanistan, Jordan and Egypt,” said Pusateri, now executive for itineration and missionary support for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in New York. “Throughout my tour of duty, I was continually impressed to see the reach of ‘Strength for Service to God and Country’ in the combat theater…