Vietnam Veterans Of America

The Vet Pulpit Wolves

As a native of East Tennessee, Native American culture has always interested me. Here is a story worth sharing:


One evening an old Cherokee Chief told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.

He said, “My child, the battle is between two ‘ wolves ‘ that live inside us all. One is named “Evil”, it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, guilt, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, lies, false pride, and ego.

The other is named “Good” and is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, benevolence, empathy, faith, and truth.

The grandson thought for a moment then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Editors’ Note: Reverend Robert Lewis (Bob) is our State Council Chaplain and is Founding President of   David L. Woodburn Chapter 978, VVA.  Bob is a retired Protestant Pastor. He can be contacted at

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