“Care for Returning Veterans” is a daylong workshop developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) for use in congregations, synods and other ministry settings. The workshop includes a multimedia presentation that deals with “the veteran’s experience” — psychological impacts, moral impacts, spiritual impacts, family impacts, and referrals and resources. The components of the workshop are available as a free DVD that includes a PowerPoint multimedia presentation with videos, script and print materials.
The “Care for Returning Veterans” workshops have been developed in response to these needs and the call to love and serve our neighbor. It’s not a complete response, it might well be called “Welcoming Returning Veterans 101,” but it is a first step to assist pastors, caregivers, congregations and others who want to put out the welcome mat for our returning veterans and their families.