Edgar S. Welty Jr. is a disabled veteran. He served in the U.S. army for four years, from April 20, 1976 to April 21, 1980. When he enlisted, he already had an AA (Arts and Letters, Grossmont Community College) and a BA (Russian Area Studies, San Diego State University). Because of his education, Edgar started as a Private First Class and was promoted automatically to Specialist Four. He was then posted to West Germany. Edgar also served as a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the United Church of Christ. After earning a Master of Divinity Degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary, he was called to serve a suburban church in upstate New York. He has acted as a Lutheran pastor in rural New York and Tiburon, California. Reverend Welty is also a Chaplain with the rank of Captain in the United States Volunteers/America and a member of the DAV, the Scottish-American Military Society, and Vets to Vets. He has two books forthcoming:God and America's Wars and a workbook titled Spiritual Insight Training for Veterans. He is also working on a DVD about Christian symbolism.