LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - He won the Silver and Bronze Star for bravery and is a veteran of the war in Iraq. Now he travels the country, telling others the meaning of duty, patriotism and faith.
Signing copies of his book in Longview earlier this week, former Army Sergeant David Bellavia shared his story of faith and sacrifice with many East Texans.
"This is what America is all about, its about appreciation, its about acknowledging the service," Bellavia said.
On his speaking tours, he talks about something we rarely think about: The role of being a Christian and soldier in war.
"There's no political designation on a dog tag. I served with people of all walks of life, all religions," he said.
In his book House to House, Bellavia recalls the savage block-to-block fighting in Fallujah at the height of the Iraq war, and how men tried to maintain their faith while surrounded by death.
"I was pretty confused when I got home, too. I didn't know what to say. We pray together. You can pray to whoever you worship, but you're still going to pray," said Bellavia.
He says Christian faith kept many soldiers going during uncertain times.
"There's no atheists and there's no racist in a foxhole. You can't rationalize the great unknown unless you have some sort of anchor that keeps you down," he said.
Sergeant Bellavia has been nominated to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.