American Bible Society, Krista Branch Help Soldiers Overcome War Pressures

Krista Branch, star from "American Idol," has been helping soldiers this week with the pressures of war.

At the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the American Bible Society has been working with attendees to help troops overcome fear and depression, as well as encourage and comfort them.

Krista Branch was also present, under the American Bible Society tent, to perform patriotic songs to honor the soldiers fighting for our country.

Other activities involve placing notes of encouragement inside camouflaged Bibles to be sent to troops across the globe.

"It is the greatest honor to provide Bibles to those who give so much to protect our nation and our freedom," said executive director of national ministries at the American Bible Society, retired Col. James Puchy. "I know firsthand of the incessant and unsettling pressures of military life, and how only God's Word can help when faced with the trauma, grief and physical injuries that are all too common on the battlefield."

A press release by the American Bible Society stated, of the 1.6 million soldiers deployed since the war began, one in five return with post-traumatic stress disorders.

The American Bible Society has its roots as far back as the Civil War in the 1860s when soldiers were provided with pocket Bibles.

They have a 195-year history, and are located in Manhattan, New York. Their mission statement goal is to make the Bible available to every person in his own language and format at an understandable and affordable rate.

The American Bible Society will be at the Sunbelt Ag Expo through Thursday.