Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal: Pastoral Care and Ministry with Service Members Returning from War

Overview

No two veterans have the same war experience, nor upon returning from war do they face exactly the same reintegration challenges. Likewise, veterans heal and recover in their own ways and along their own timelines.

Caregivers who understand the healing power of story can offer hope. Pastors who understand the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation, spiritual direction, and confessional dialogue can greatly assist veterans in their quest for peace and reconciliation. Parish ...

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Overview

No two veterans have the same war experience, nor upon returning from war do they face exactly the same reintegration challenges. Likewise, veterans heal and recover in their own ways and along their own timelines.

Caregivers who understand the healing power of story can offer hope. Pastors who understand the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation, spiritual direction, and confessional dialogue can greatly assist veterans in their quest for peace and reconciliation. Parish nurses who gain an understanding of the health issues facing returning veterans can provide preliminary health care screenings, locate treatment resources, and advocate for veterans and their families when they receive substandard medical care.

Working together, compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled caregivers, friends, and professionals can gives veterans life-saving and life-giving care and support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570252464
  • Publisher: Whole Person Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 658,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: America Faces a Crisis of Care 5

Chapter 1 The Nature and Challenge of the Iraq/Afghanistan War 11

Understanding the Big Picture

Chapter 2 Making the Transition from Soldier to Citizen 19

Understanding Re-entry Challenges

Chapter 3 The Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Wounds of War 29

Understanding the Whole Person Perspective

Chapter 4 The Church's Role #1 49

Basic Principles for Reaching Out

Chapter 5 The Church's Role #2 61

Create a Healing Environment

Chapter 6 The Church's Role #3 79

Provide Healing Rituals Throughout the Church Year Afterword 90

Appendix A Making a Referral: Veterans Administration and Community Resources for Veterans 93

Appendix B Parish Nurse Screening Tools for PTSD, Depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury 99

Appendix C Wounds of War Assessment 103

Endnotes 110

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