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The Clergy Connection Newsletter

The Clergy Connection is a publication of the National VA Chaplain Center Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health, a Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health Enterprise-wide Initiative.


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Current Issue - PTSD and Spirituality

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The Clergy Connection - April 2017

Featured Articles:

  • Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP) Available Nationwide
  • CCTP Training Event Schedule
  • National Center for PTSD: Website Section for Clergy
  • National Center for PTSD: PTSD Consultation Program
  • Research: Spirituality, Forgiveness, and PTSD
  • Did You Know? Relationship between PTSD, Spirituality, and Quality of Life
  • Community Success Story: Horses for Heroes Cowboy Up!


Previous Issues

September 2016

Featured Articles:

  • Rural Clergy Training Program Online Learning Webinars
  • Research:Stress and the Military Child
  • Reflection: In Their Own Words
  • Your Story Matters: Teaching Us About Families
  • Did You Know? Military Children and Parenting
  • Community Success Story: Project SOUTH

December 2015

Issue contents:

  • Rural Clergy Training Program Online Learning Webinars
  • Research:Stress and the Military Child
  • Reflection: In Their Own Words
  • Your Story Matters: Teaching Us About Families
  • Did You Know? Military Children and Parenting
  • Community Success Story: Project SOUTH

August 2015

Featured Articles:

  • Rural Clergy Training Program Online Learning Webinars
  • Research:Stress and the Military Child
  • Reflection: In Their Own Words
  • Your Story Matters: Teaching Us About Families
  • Did You Know? Military Children and Parenting
  • Community Success Story: Project SOUTH

January 2015

Issue contents:

  • Rural Clergy Training Program Online Learning Webinars
  • Research:Stress and the Military Child
  • Reflection: In Their Own Words
  • Your Story Matters: Teaching Us About Families
  • Did You Know? Military Children and Parenting
  • Community Success Story: Project SOUTH

October 2014

Featured Articles:

  • Rural Clergy Training Program Online Learning Webinars
  • Research:Stress and the Military Child
  • Reflection: In Their Own Words
  • Your Story Matters: Teaching Us About Families
  • Did You Know? Military Children and Parenting
  • Community Success Story: Project SOUTH

July 2014

Featured Articles:

  • Rural Clergy Training Video Sessions in My VeHU Campus
  • Research: The Challenges of Reintegration
  • Differences in Military and Civilian Cultures Can Bring Conflict
  • Practical Pastoral Tips: Differences in Military and Civilian Culture
  • Soldier's Story for Reflection
  • A Community Success Story (Not This Time)

February 2014

Issue contents:

  • Social Interaction, Religious Services and Length of Life
  • How Children Respond to Deployment
  • Your Story Matters: One-Year Evaluation Results
  • A Community Success Story
  • Soldier's Story for Reflection
  • Practical Pastoral Tips: Moral Injury

August 2013

Featured Articles:

  • Belief in God and Psychiatric Treatment Outcomes
  • Soldier's Story for Reflection
  • Practical Pastoral Tips: Theological Reflection
  • Affordable Care Act Information for Veterans
  • A Community Success Story: Patriot Paws

May 2013

Featured Articles:

  • Religious and Spiritual Factors in Depression
  • Soldier's Story for Reflection: The Helicopter Gunner
  • Practical Pastoral Tips: Spiritual Responses to Trauma
  • A Community Success Story: Veteran's Camp

February 2013

Featured Articles:

  • Combat Experience and Strength of Faith
  • A Community Success Story: The University of Connecticut
  • Resources for Your Veteran
  • Learning About Referrals from Rural Clergy Training Workshop Participants

December 2012

Featured Articles:

  • Spiritual Help Can Improve PTSD Symptoms
  • Practical Pastoral Tips
  • Learning About Referrals from Rural Clergy Training Workshop Participants

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The "Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health" Promising Practice is funded by the VA Office of Rural Health.