On Saturday, I heard a neighbor, Bill Tschudy, discuss his nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He observed and experienced no miracles during captivity, he said, "except survival. Our survival was a miracle." His plane was shot down in July of 1965, and released on the birthday of "the great emancipator," Abraham Lincoln, February 12, 1973. He was on the cover of Time in 1970, for an article that exposed for the first time the plight of Vietnam POWs and their families.