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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans - eBook
Abingdon Press / 2010 / ePub
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Over a half million combat veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. With thousands of military personnel still deployed, few communities escape the direct impact of solders returning from war. Yet their needs and the needs of their families are often hidden in plain sight in our congregations and communities. This book identifies specific needs of veterans and their families and gives creative and practical ways your church can minister to them. It is a must have for anyone serious about giving back to those who have given so much.
"You [Thompson and Wetterstrom] are plowing very important ground, and I thank you for the reminder." - author Philip Yancey
Darlene F. Wetterstrom is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with extensive experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including the military. Darlene is a member of Woodbury United Methodist Church in Woodbury, Minnesota, where her husband serves as senior pastor. David A. Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a retired Navy Chaplain who assists deploying and returning soldiers and their families. He and his family have experienced several deployments with both the Navy and Marine Corps and know the challenges of coming home after war. David is an ordained minister with the Free Methodist Church of North America and, while active duty, was endorsed by the Free Methodist Church and The United Methodist Church.
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