Healing the Moral Wounds of War

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Moral Injury

I get ready to move to what is very likely my final assignment in the Army. I will become the Command Chaplain for the Southern Region Medical Command. From Jun 08 to Jul 11 I served as the Command Chaplain for the Medical Command in the Army. I've also been to war three times and during my Jan 04 to Feb 05 deployment to Iraq saw more of the rawness of war than I cared to. Moral Injury is the right and proper way to define it. I've gotten help and I continue to be a "work in progress". I continue to recover and view my journey as growth. I am excited about working with a smaller number of clinically trained chaplains and hope to collaborate with them to shape some meaningful, evidenced based care that will assist recovery, particularly for our wounded, ill and injured in our warrior transition units. I look forward to working with medical staffs and support staffs to provide the best science and art we can.

CH (COL) John Read more than 3 years ago

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Cynthia, the journey continues. Ten years ago you joined the United Methodist Endorsing Agency in Nashville, Tenn. as we took the needs of chaplains returning from deployment seriously. Your work and others has changed lives. The ministry continues and I am deeply grateful that the UMCom has a landing page www.umc.org/military where resources are continuously being sought, added, and developed to inform and engage people and congregations to support our service members now, those who have served, and to prepare for those who will serve. Thank you for your continuous support.

laura flippen more than 4 years ago

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