The Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t wasted this many taxpayer dollars since the Obama administration. On Saturday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced the VA would start the regulatory ball rolling on conducting transgender surgeries for veterans in their taxpayer-funded hospitals. The announcement was an early Father’s Day gift for the transgender lobby — although they probably are working to have the holiday renamed Happy Care-giver 1 or 2 Day…
What if the black Marines judged the white Marines from the perspective of oppressed and oppressor? How could this group of Marines have operated as a team, especially when stressed in a combat situation?
While in no means complete, this (sourced edited) list from a recent VA email gives a good start to some interesting stops. I have added some of my own with links and hope you will do the same in the comments.
America’s military veterans can no longer sit on the sidelines when there is a well funded, ongoing cultural and political war being waged to turn America into a Marxist, communist totalitarian state. It truly is time for America’s…
Relating to civilians was a challenge for Schuyler after he got out of the Army. He felt on edge, and sometimes he had trouble managing his frustration. He didn’t believe he had PTSD, but he knew something wasn’t right. Learning he had a traumatic brain injury led him to VA and Vet Center resources that helped him turn his life around.
Veterans, as a whole are least likely to seek help on their own for mental health issues, it is a macho thing, (for men and women) servicemembers who have fought the good fight and are you know tough.
Unfortunately, this leads to many issues including self-abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc.) spousal and family abusiveness, and even suicide.
These are all preventable with the right help from our friends.
This Mental Health Month, take One Step Today to start feeling better.
Every day, Veterans can take a step toward better mental health and well-being. No matter how big or small, One Step Today can make a difference. This Mental Health Month, explore the steps you can take to live a healthier life…
Comfort for the Grieving, Hurting, and Dying Series – Part XV
Today we will look at the fourth job area for Chaplains that of the Military. Most Chaplains depending on their denomination are appointed, commissioned, or ordained. All military Chaplains are officers so they are Commissioned, some also ordained by their governing denominations. In addition, most commands above the company level (Amry, Air Force, and Marines, I assume the Navy and Coast Guard are much the same) have enlisted Chaplain assistants.
In the Army, the driving leadership motto was always “My Mission, My Men, Myself.” Meaning the success of the mission was paramount taking care of your men came a close second then worry about yourself. I mention this to note that along with Beans, Bullets and the like the Spiritual needs of the men was always a concern.
During my enlistment ’74-’94 I held many MOS’s (job specialties) but never Chaplain assistant. However, as a First Sergeant and Operations Sergeant, I worked closely with the Chaplains staff to ensure the spiritual needs of the men were being met.
Military Chaplains have big responsibilities and big shoulders. Not only do they have to be that person who can carry out the 4-C’s (compassionate Care, Comfort, and Counsel) for the service member, command, and families, they must also be ready to don the combat gear and go into harm’s way.
The U.S. Army recruiting Command in their literature says the following:
A chaplain’s mission is to bring Soldiers to God and God to Soldiers. America calls on our Army to fight and win our nation’s wars and Army chaplains are there every step of the way. Whether in training or operations, Army chaplains represent hundreds of American denominations and faith traditions and fulfill a sacred calling of service captured in our motto, “Pro Deo et Patria” (for God and country)