Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

When Veterans Come Home

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2008

Journal Title

Family and Community Ministries

ISSN

1935-5408

Volume

21

Issue

3

First Page

6

Last Page

16

Abstract

This article examines biblical/theological perspectives related to veterans with combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After a review of the basic symptoms of combat-related PTSD, the authors suggest that for some veterans, their bio/psycho/social symptoms could reveal a deeper existential crisis in which veterans are struggling to incorporate the experiences of combat with previous understandings of God, self, and others The article concludes with specific suggestions to help clergy and church members offer positive support for returning veterans

Keywords

Church work, veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, spiritual life, Iraq War

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