Faith-Based Solutions to the Combat Experience
A Fort Leavenworth chapel program is using a Biblical approach to helping returning Soldiers and their families “reunite” for the long term. The program is called “Faith-Based Solutions to the Combat Experience” and uses two Military Ministry (links) products: When War Comes Home and The Combat Trauma Healing Manual.
The program is open to all and is purely a military Chapel function. The goal isn’t psychological healing, but an intimate and faith-based effort to strengthen family relationships:
Facilitators are looking at reintegration into society after combat from a personal, faith-based perspective.
Chaplain (LtCol) Mike Thompson lauded the value of faith in the approach, which essentially allowed Soldiers to ask “Where’s God?”
Chaplain (LtCol) Mike Thompson said bringing faith discussions into healing follows, in part, the idea of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. He said one of the common themes found in service members returning from combat is changes in faith – the question, “Where was God in all of this?”
Rich McConnell said it was his faith that allowed him to answer that question. As a battalion executive officer, he and his commander both had the same approach, he said.
“God was really good to us on that thing,” he said. “I can see the miracle in what occurred, and I think for me, that has made the big difference in being able to distinguish that, it’s being able to see the miraculous in even some of the bad things that have occurred.”