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The phrase Iused to title this post was one used derisively in old war movies, dierected at that guy in the unit who complained about anything and everything.
But the Chaplain really is the guy to go to, as Fr Wes points out in this comment left on this post
THANK YOU for the reminder to folks about Chaplains. In addition to the training we have and confidentiality standard we operate under, I would like to offer two to other observations.
1) Unlike psychiatrists who are often hospital-bound, Chaplains operate more like field medics or corpsmen, trying to go out among the guys in the field as much as possible. Army Chaplains especially operate this way, being tied to specific battalians that are deployed in the field. Air Force Chaplains work at the Wing level, but they get around a lot.
2) Many Chaplains are "2nd carreer" clergy, having prior service in enlisted or line officer ranks. A number of us have direct combat experience.
These factors make a Chaplain especially approachable because we have lived or do live directly with the guys we serve, more so than most physicians, and often readily relate to what folks are going through. We've "been there."
We also get to help folks with the spiritual side of things, and you would be amazed at the power of God when it comes to healing deep or old wounds.
One last note about PTS. Some recent research suggests that the folks who see ugly stuff but manage to get home without being messed up are the same folks who could clearly justify what they were doing, or at least resolve any mistakes and move on. I get ticked off at the moonbats because the soldier swayed by the leftist rhetoric comes home feeling like a criminal and ends up with PTSD. I believe the moonbats of Vietnam and today have messed up a lot of buddies because of this.
Thanks again for the plug Greyhawk! Best regards to your wife. You two have an AWESOME marriage!
Chaplain, Air National Guard
Thank you sir - and thanks for what you do. I've known so many guys who benefitted so much from a half hour talk with the Chaplain. So many these days insist the military must spend tons of money on 'outsourced' help for those who just need someone to talk to.
In the first place, good men don't do violence. That's in the Bible. And don't bore me with your rhetoric about Genesis. In the second place, guys like you are always willing to do violence for any reason. As long as your opponent is physically weaker than you or you outnumber him. Truth enough.
You say gun ownership is necessary to a free society. Then why is America no longer a free society?
The 2nd Amendment is now moot. It was given to us by our forefathers so we could defend against a military takeover. That military takeover is on the verge of happening, and you aren't even alarmed about it. In fact, you welcome it.
Why? Because it's been a far right takeover, and you're far right. You would only break out the rifles and resist by force if it was a left wing takeover. Which will never happen now because the far right beat them to the punch.
You're like the average German was 70 years ago. You're so cowardly and acquiescent that you rubber-stamp everything the far right has done the last thirty years.
America will continue to exist after martial law has been declared. America will still exist after an armed insurrection has been fought and won. But it won't be the same America. It will be more like the Second American Republic. And it's hard to say how many American republics there will be after that. Look at France.
In Jesus' Glorious and Holy name,
Dean Berry -- REAL American
Ignore the guy above, who clearly hasn't read anything outside of the book of Philemon.
"good men don't do violence. That's in the Bible." he says. Yet, David, who was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22), was a warrior.
Jesus Himself stated plainly that He had not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matt. 10:34)
Lamentations says that there is a time for peace and a time for war, a time to build up and a time to break down.
The Bible is littered with exhortations to defend the helpless, the raise up the defenseless, and to fight for good.
Just because some cowardly selective readers on the left want to only pay attention to the happyshiny verses does not mean we have to cater to their corrupting influence.
The Kingdom of God is at hand. Some want to go back to Eden. But we look forward to Heaven!
Posted by Andy at March 4, 2005 06:30 PM
God bless & preserve you all :) Commit your way to the Lord, and He will make your paths straight.
I remember chaplains as being part of the pre-takeoff briefing for our missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In their allotted 5 minutes between the intel section and the DTUCS pickup they'd try not to justify our mission so much but to put it in context. For OEF I learned a lot about the folks that were in the twin towers (fathers, mothers, sons) and for OIF I learned a lot about responsibility. The chaplains were there for every PTOB for a small lecture and a handshake, and they were there for as many takeoffs and landings as they could manage. I'm real happy for them (and us) that we managed as many landings as we had takeoffs, for to them it seemed real personal.Posted by Tom at March 4, 2005 07:02 PM
Whenever I get a request for info on who to talk to about problems, I ALWAYS refer the soldiers to the chaplains.
The military needs more of them.Posted by Blackfive at March 4, 2005 07:16 PM
Our Battalion Chaplain has been working overtime ever since he joined us. As a mobilized National Guard unit, I can vouch for the high number of soldiers that had alot of adjustments to make, and needed every bit of whatever the Chaplain has had to offer.
Our Chaplain has worked with soldiers:
- going through broken or breaking marriages;
- afraid or depressed because of going into a combat zone;
- wanting to get out of deployment due to various hardships;
- who experience loss of family members not quite close enough to qualify for emergency leave, and thus can't return home;
- whose spouses don't want to put up with the separation, or otherwise want to "move on" while their soldier is deployed;
- whose ex-spouses use deployment to get custody of their kids, with an eye towards keeping them afterward;
- who have gotten in trouble of various sorts, whether discipline, fraternization, etc.
In all these cases, the Chaplain is there to supplement and support the command as well as the soldier. And we are all VERY grateful that he is there.Posted by dadmanly at March 4, 2005 08:31 PM
REAL Americans protect the weak and innocent from murderers.
Speaking to the adults here, I hope the chaplains continue their role in the Armed services. They are not nearly as politically viable in police work, and the toll this is having is significant. You simply can't take God out of Life-and-Death questions, and expect the questioner to stay normal. I shudder to think of what would happen if those valuable men were removed from ou armed services as well.Posted by J-P at March 4, 2005 08:51 PM
Dean - I advise most people to see the Chaplain first, but in your case I strongly urge you to quickly seek out the nearest mental health professional, regardless of who that might be.Posted by Wow at March 4, 2005 09:06 PM
testPosted by Mrs Greyhawk at March 4, 2005 10:23 PM
God bless the Chaplains. They help make some unbearable things bearable.Posted by gawdblessem at March 5, 2005 06:58 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(9) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)