August 22, 2017
Many active and reserve military personnel, veterans, and their family members reach out to clergy for help when they experience military-related challenges. Whether they are from rural communities, small towns, or cities, military veterans often depend on clergy for guidance and help.
That is why the U.S. Veterans Administration has developed and facilitates the Community Clergy Training Program. It is intended to equip and train community clergy to be knowledgeable resource people to aid veterans as they deal with everything from:
- Effects of war trauma on survivors and their family members
- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
- Moral Injury
- Suicide Prevention
- Separation from family and community during deployments
- Reentry to family and community after combat zone deployments.
The U.S. Veterans Affairs is offering a free daylong Clergy Training event on October 19, 2017, at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minnesota. The Kahler Apache is located across US Highway 52 from the Apache Mall. Lunch will be provided and free of charge.
I encourage local clergy from all faith groups, non-VA chaplains, and representatives from National Guard and Reserve military organizations, as well as Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) to attend this valuable training.
The link for more information: http://semnsynod.org/vatraining/
The link for online registration: http://bit.ly/vatraining2017
In the peace of Christ,
Bishop Steven Delzer
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