Severely wounded in Iraq as an Army chaplain, he still inspires those around him even as a battle develops over his treatment.
Memorial Day marks two years to the day since Maj. Vakoc, of the Army's 44th Corps Support Battalion, suffered a severe head wound while returning from a Mass he delivered to soldiers outside the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Robbinsdale native was the first Army chaplain seriously injured in the Iraq war.
Monday also is the 14th anniversary of his ordination, the start of a priesthood that included churches in St. Anthony and Eagan and stops in Bosnia and Iraq as a full-time Army chaplain.
Though the bomb blast has taken his voice, the 46-year-old is still very much a priest who has inspired people worldwide and touched numerous visitors and caregivers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis.[snip] Pioneer Press