Webinar: Engaging Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Through Faith-Based Partnerships

Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

To register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ooM86pgQXmuy7KQ9lISAg

Faith-based organizations often serve as a trusted source of help and connection for many Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families (SMVF). An increasing number of faith-based organizations and leaders not only assist with the spiritual needs of SMVF but also provide support with many areas related to readjustment and strengthening resiliency, wellness, and recovery. They are often referred to as “force multipliers” due to their help and support to so many SMVF on the path to positive behavioral health and well-being.

This webinar will provide information that will help participants to engage, educate, inform, and partner with faith-based leaders, non-profit organizations, and communities in support of and responding to the behavioral health needs of SMVF.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the spiritual and emotional needs of SMVF and better understand the role that faith-based communities can play in SMVF community integration and transition
  • Facilitate information dissemination for expanding and growing partnerships between communities and faith-based organizations
  • Provide examples and lessons learned for convening faith-based learning events, bringing faith-based, community, and SMVF partners together to help prevent SMVF suicides and address other mental health needs
  • Share relevant resources and tools to faith-based and community organizations in order to support SMVF and their caregivers
  • Identify training events and resources as well as explore opportunities for strengthening partnerships and coordination

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Phil Paty at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5272, or by email at ppaty@prainc.com.

Equipping the Saints: 2019 Military Caregiver Resource Directory

Several of our rostered with hearts for the care of Veterans and active duty service members in their communities have participated in Community Clergy Training Programs for caring for our veterans. They continue to gather to learn more about their special needs and ways to serve and support them. We all have service members that we know, so it helpful to stay abreast of the resources that are available to them so that we can be better caregivers and friends. A new resource has been released to do just that and we offer it here for your consideration. A special thank you to Retired Naval Captain, Connie Walker, who continues to support our synod with connections to valuable resources to help us serve this beloved community.

About the Resource:

Service members, families and caregivers, the Department of Defense Military Caregiver Support 2019 Caregiver Resource Directory (CRD) has officially been released and is ready for download. The annual update includes 114 pages of resources, organizations, agencies, and programs that assist and support families and caregivers of wounded, ill and injured Service Members and Veterans. The CRD is an enriched source of information from childcare, education and training, healthcare needs, legal assistance, rest and relaxation, to peer support, mentoring, and so much more. The Directory is essentially a one-stop-shop for questions and concerns about support, assistance, and awareness for those who are new to the change or experienced caregivers.

The resources provided in the CRD have gone through a rigorous review and vetting process to ensure that Service Members, Veterans, and their caregivers are receiving accurate, timely, and pertinent information. The easy-to-use guide uses icons to assist with accessing certain information quicker, such as, DoD programs, non-profit organizations, 24/7 availability, smartphone apps, and resources that are available in Spanish. The CRD is also a good source of self-care programs and awareness for caregivers. With the assistance of Personalized Experiences, Engagement and Resources (PEER) Support Coordinators, it is in their daily routine to provide additional support and navigation to workshops, networks, seminars, education and training that will ease and help understand the challenges of being a caregiver.
In certain situations, caregivers may be given respite assistance or compensation. To get more information on respite assistance or compensation, contact a regional PEER Support Coordinator in your area.

To download a digital copy of the CRD or to request a hard copy, please go to: https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/caregiver-resources/

If you would like more information, connect with two of the synod’s Veteran’s Support Ministry Team members:

Rev. Todd Iverson – Immanuel Evangelical (Watertown)
Rev. Joe Brosius – Good Shepherd (Madison/Verona)

Interfaith Community Clergy Training Program for Helping Veterans & Families

Care for Veterans
Community Clergy Training Program for Helping Veterans & Families

“At one of the first Conference of Bishops meetings I attended, I heard of this Community Clergy Training Program, an initiative to help clergy recognize, understand, and competently address the needs of returning veterans in their congregations. I thought then how welcome such training and understanding would have been for me in my former parish. I am excited that we now have an opportunity to establish this training in our synod.

I invite you to seriously consider participating in this upcoming Interfaith Community Clergy Train the Facilitator Program. It is a two day commitment, but there is a lot of information to share. Following the training, you will be encouraged to promote this program further in your communities.

I hope you will join me in this important work and you are welcome to share this information with our ecumenical and inter faith partners as well.”

~ Bishop Mary Froiland

Use this flyer to promote this in your setting or conference.