Ministering to Members of the Military & Their Families

Chaplaincy & Care Ministry

Ministry to populations in crisis.

Ministering to Members of the Military & Their Families

Ministering To Families Affected By Military Deployment: Deployment Resources for America's Clergy - This booklet contains information to assist Civilian Clergy in providing ministry to family members of mobilized members of the National Guard and Reserves. The U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains is grateful to partner with civilian clergy of various denominational backgrounds to more effectively minister to community based family members of the military Reserve Forces. This booklet may be reproduced as necessary....there is no need to get further permissions to copy.

Civilian Clergy Deployment Resource Guide

Military One Source
- Military Crisis Line 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Contact a consultant now 800-342-9647
- Impact of Combat Stress on Relationships: Use this resource to help you understand the impact of combat stress and trauma on your relationships.
- Non-Medical Counseling: Learn more abou the counseling options that are available and how to choose a counselor or therapist to help your family through any situation.

Operation We Are Here
Seeks to empower the military/veteran communities and to equip civilians to care. Their mission is to:

- create an awareness of the challenges of the military lifestyle
- offer practical suggestions to churches, communities and individuals on how to support and encourage the military community
- provide a comprehensive list of resources for the military community and its supporters

Please join us on FACEBOOK  http://www.facebook.com/#!/OperationWeAreHere

Military Believer
Mission - Connecting military believers, churches and ministries around the world!

Description - MilitaryBeliever.com features extensive opportunities for service members and their families to get connected, serve and be served, no matter where they are stationed.

This location-based social network matches military people with churches, ministries, military believers, events and service opportunities based on their profile, which includes skills, spiritual gifts, spiritual maturity, personal... interests, and more.

Care Package

If you wish to send a care package to soldiers oversees, here is a list (downloadable PDF) of items to include. There is also opportunity to send frequent flyer miles, phone cards, Exchange gift certificates. For more suggestions, click here.

Worship Resources

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Veterans from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after one has been through a traumatic event. The resources on this page focus on PTSD as a result of combat or military exposure.

Links

The Association of Military Christian Fellowship (AMCF)
The members of the military have been under tremendous stress because of the constant deployments to two theaters of war.  The Association of Military Christian Fellowship is trying to Build a Wall of Prayer in support of the military families.  For more information go to www.accts.org

National Resource Directory 

The National Resource Directory is a partnership initiative of the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs and connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers and the families of the fallen with those who support them with a web-based directory of valuable resources.

It delivers information on, and access to, the full range of medical and non-medical services and resources needed to achieve their personal and professional goals across the transitions from recovery to rehabilitation to community reintegration.

This online partnership links to the services and resources of federal, state and local governmental agencies; veterans service and benefit organizations; non-profit community-based and faith-based organizations; and academic institutions, professional associations and philanthropic organizations.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Welcome home and thank you for your service to our country!  VA is ready to provide health care and more to our newest veterans returning from the armed services. 

Military Ministry
The reality of war is that everyone gets wounded. Some wounds heal rapidly, but some last for a lifetime. Some wounds can be seen.  Some wounds are invisible inside the heart, soul, and the spirit of the warrior.  These unseen wounds are often the most difficult to heal - they must heal from the inside out.

Veterans Affairs Canada
To provide exemplary, client-centred services and benefits that respond to the needs of Veterans, our other clients and their families, in recognition of their services to Canada; and to keep the memory of their achievements and sacrifices alive for all Canadians.

National Defence and the Canadian Forces (English)
The Department of National Defence (DND) employs over 28,000 civilian personnel, and works collaboratively with the Canadian Forces to insure the security of Canadians. The DND exists to carry out the work assigned to the Minister of National Defence, so the department's relationship with the Canadian Forces, including the soldiers and their families, is that of a support system.

Defense nationale et les Forces Canadiennes (French)
Le ministère de la Défense nationale emploie plus de 28 000 civils et il travaille en collaboration avec les Forces canadiennes afin d'assurer la sécurité de la population canadienne.

Soul of War - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat.

U.S. Army War College Military Family Program

Articles

Christianity Today: Veteran Ministry
How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat by John Morris

Coping with Separations by Chaplain (LTC-Ret) Robert G. Leroe, DMin
Unaccompanied deployments cause tremendous hardships on military families. The unique stresses of separations can be overcome if families know what to expect, and can develop a strategy for coping.

Book

Your Soldier, Your Army: A Parents' Guide
Your Soldier, Your Army: A Parents' Guide was written by Vicki Cody, wife of GEN Richard Cody, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, and the mother of two Apache helicopter pilots with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Mrs. Cody turns her own 30-year experience as the wife and mother of soldiers into advice and consolation for other parents with deploying children. The book's tone is warm and confidential with an honest mix of pride and tribulation, a tone that appeals to concerned parents. Mrs. Cody covers the whole gamut of deployments, from the preparation through the endurance to the homecoming, and includes a personal view into Army life and an explanation of Army terminology. Supplemental articles and exclamation points feature tips and facts about the Army.

This book is available for free by calling 1-800-336-4570, extension 630. For the complete text visit www.ausa.org .

Book / CD

Accepting the Ashes: A Daughter's Look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , was written by Quynn Elizabeth, daughter of a two-time Vietnam veteran in the year of her father's death and the escalation of the war in Iraq. In a time of war, what happens once a soldier comes home? 
Available by book or audio CD

Available as 60 page, easy to read book - regular Price:  $5.95 plus $2 s/h.
When ordering, if you mention that you saw the advertising for this book on the Christian Reformed Church-Chaplaincy Ministries website the cost of the book is $5.00 plus s/h.
OR
Available as a 60 minute audio CD - regular Price:  $5.95 plus $2 s/h
When ordering, if you mention that you saw the advertising for this audio CD on the Christian Reformed Church-Chaplaincy Ministries website the cost of the CD is $5.00 plus s/h.
OR
$10 for two (+ $3 s/h)

Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War, by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini
Soul Repair will help veterans, their families, members of their communities, and clergy understand the impact of war on the consciences of healthy people, support the recovery of moral conscience in society, and restore veterans to civilian life. When a society sends people off to war, it must accept responsibility for returning them home to peace.
ISBN# 978-0-8070-2907-7

Surface to Air Christianity, by Ren and Carol Vandesteeg
Surface to Air Christianity is a must read for Christians and non-Christians! It teaches people how to consistently conquer evil. The authors apply proven military strategies and principles of war to the battle between good and evil.
ISBN# 1-4141-0638-6

The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of our Soldiers, by Nancy Sherman
The Untold War draws on revealing interviews with servicemen and -women to offer keen psychological and philosophical insights into the experience of being a soldier. Bringing to light the ethical quandaries that soldiers face—torture, the thin line between fighters and civilians, and the anguish of killing even in a just war—Nancy Sherman opens our eyes to the fact that wars are fought internally as well as externally, enabling us to understand the emotional tolls that are so often overlooked.
ISBN# 987-0-393-34100-3

When Duty Calls: A Handbook for Families Facing Military Separation, by Carol Vandesteeg
In this unique and wonderfully thorough handbook, a military wife and mom shares practical advice about preparing and dealing with deployment of a loved one. Carol Vandesteeg helps families learn what to expect as they prepare for deployment, how to communicate while separated, helping children through the separation, and reuniting at the end of the tour of duty. When Duty Calls also addresses the subject that's so painful to face: the possibility that the loved one may not return.
ISBN# 978-0-7814-4288-6

Video

Dwight Jennings, endorser for the Church of the Nazarene, sent this wonderful music video on YouTube called " Hero Coming Home ."  This was produced by Lillenas Music Publishing Company, the music arm for the Church of the Nazarene's publishing company.  It is a great example of one denomination's sensitivity and ministry, paying tribute to our military members and their families.