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Webinar Announcement August 26, 2014

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“Bringing Your Community Together to Bring Our Veterans Home”

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Originally broadcast August 26, 2014


Our nation has deployed 2.5 million service members since 9/11. These Veterans are returning in huge numbers, many bearing invisible wounds and struggling to reintegrate. Our goal in helping returning Veterans is not to reintegrate them to VA but to the communities from which they came and to which they return. This webinar will discuss practical ways that communities can come together to get Veterans and their families the help they need. Relationship building between faith communities and local community resources is essential to bring these Veterans “all the way home.”

Learning Objectives

  1. Establish the crucial role that communities play in helping Veterans reintegrate.
  2. Explore possible partnership models such as the VA/Clergy partnership
  3. Look at steps toward building community relationships, particularly between clergy and mental health providers
  4. Discuss practical ideas that your community can implement to help returning Veterans and their families.

Your Presenter

Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan, M.Div, Th.M has served as a hospital chaplain for 10 years. Currently, he is a chaplain for the Central Arkansas Veteran Health System. In 2009, Mr. Sullivan became the Clergy Coordinator for a VA pilot project through the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Mr. Sullivan now directs this project that seeks to build relationships between the faith community and the mental health community in rural areas in an effort to reach returning Iraq and Afghan war Veterans and their families. His current areas of interest are the study of the effects of war on the soul, the interplay between mental health and spiritual health, and theology in pop culture. Mr. Sullivan's remaining energy is devoted to parenting his 21-year-old daughter, Jenna.

Mr. Sullivan is an ordained Baptist minister and endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. A native of Arkansas, Mr. Sullivan graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He spent a year teaching conversational English in northern Thailand before earning a M. Div. degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Mr. Sullivan later received a Th. M. degree in world religions and missions from Princeton Theological Seminary.


 

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