War changes all who step onto the battlefield. The transition home from a deployment presents numerous challenges for the veteran, the veteran’s family, and the community. Faith communities are uniquely positioned to heal the soul and strengthen the spirit of the veterans and their families.
During the workshop, we will explore the specific needs of returning warriors and their families, and discuss the theological and practical resources available to church leaders and members. We will develop skills to welcome, reintegrate, and journey with our veterans and their families.
Our presenter is David Smith, Coordinator of the Soul Care Initiative for JustPeace. David served 30 years as an Army Chaplain. During his service he deployed 9 times, including 4 combat deployments. He brings experience and passion to this topic. For more information on veteran care and the Soul Care Initiative, please see www.soulcareinitiative.org