Returning Warriors Event Successful
October 16, 2012
Sioux Falls Seminary was honored to host the Caring for Returning Warriors Workshop with the VA Medical Health System in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
With a focus on helping clergy learn more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to care for Veterans and families in their own congregations, Caring for Returning Warriors was a success. The most powerful part of the day was when two recent combat Veterans shared their struggles with coming home after serving in the war. Workshop attendees heard first hand what it is like to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on a daily basis. Through an open dialogue format, attending clergy were also able to question the Veterans. There was a lot of great discussion on how the church can better serve Veterans.
One of the biggest things that both Veterans stressed was the shared bond between combat Vets and the importance of it in the process of identifying and coping with PTSD. The two Veterans that shared yesterday had never met but had an immediate connection through their shared experiences. They feel that all combat Veterans would benefit from a support network of others who know exactly what they have been through.
The VA Health System in Sioux Falls is hosting such an opportunity for area Veterans, including Guard and Reserve families. If you know of someone who is active in Guard or Reserves or has served in war, invite them to the Blue Star Family Appreciation Event on November 3 in Sioux Falls. To learn more about the event for Veterans, download the event poster.