Hope Lutheran Church, in co-ordination with the National VA Center, will be hosting a day long training program for community clergy from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. This program will provide community clergy the opportunity to learn about the military culture, the wounds of war and building community partnerships. For more information and to register, go to eventbrite.com.
Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from clergy because they feel the faith community can provide anonymity, confidentiality and a stigma-free environment. Yet clergy members sometimes have limited knowledge about readjustment difficulties and the unique health issues such as post-traumatic stress or depression common to returning warriors.
This Community Training Partner Initiative offers critical resources to educate and support the faith community as you support our Veterans and their family members.
- To explore underlying conflicts between military and civilian cultures.
- To increase understanding of the potential needs of assistance among those returning from war.
- To increase understanding of the challenges of re-integration into family and community after war.
- To review the potential for congregations to be communities that support re-integration of Veterans back into their rural settings.
- To describe some successful community efforts in helping Veterans to integrate back into their communities.
- To provide knowledge that improves ability to identify ministry opportunities for Veterans in your community.