A HIGHER CALLING - Chaplains for Veterans
A Program of the Institute for Living Intentionally

Helping veterans secure a share of the American dream they fought to protect

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New Insights for Helping Veterans

Are you looking for fresh insights into helping service members, veterans, and their family members deal with the challenges of transitioning to civilian life?

Rabbi Kevin Bemel, one of the founders of A HIGHER CALLING – Chaplains for Veterans, will be participating in a forum sponsored by Loyola Marymount University on Healing Moral Injury and PTSD. If you will be in Los Angeles on April 2 please plan to attend what will be an enlightening evening. For more information and to register please click here.

Forum sponsored by Loyola Marymount University on Healing Moral Injury and PTSD

Please pass this along to someone you know who can use this information or serves our veterans. Comment here.

 

© 2014, Kevin S. Bemel, All Rights Reserved

A Higher Calling Launches Today!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of A HIGHER CALLING – Chaplains for Veterans

Round-the-clock chaplain access for veterans and their family members

A Helping Hand for Veterans

By dialing toll-free, (800) 80-VETS-4 [800-808-3874], any veteran from World War II to the Gulf Wars can speak to a chaplain. So can their family members. They will not be asked in which branch they served, whether they were wounded or disabled, what type of discharge they received, or if they have a religious affiliation. They will have to answer only one question:

“How may I help you?”

For many service members a chaplain was their lifeline at a time of dire need. Spiritual crisis, emotional trauma, physical debility, a chaplain is there for active duty personnel. But such difficulties do not end when a veteran sheds his uniform for the last time. Confronted with transitioning to civilian life, the need for chaplain support can be greater. But . . .

  • Active duty chaplains are busy taking care of their soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen, and Coastguardsmen. Many of them are deployed with their people. They simply cannot shoulder the responsibility of caring for veterans.
  • The Veterans Administration does not have enough chaplains to minister to the patients in their hospitals, let alone their clinics and other facilities.
  • Wounded Warriors, The Soldiers Project, and other worthwhile organizations are taking care of the critically wounded, physically and emotionally, or training heath care professionals to do so better.

What about the veterans who do not have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or are not disabled to the point where they rate care at a VA facility? To where can they turn at a moment of crisis and know they can speak to someone who understands their situation, has shared their experiences?

Two of my colleagues, Father Christopher Allen and Dr. Bryan Dove, and I started A HIGHER CALLING – Chaplains for Veterans to fill this gap. You can learn more about this exciting new venture at the website for the Institute for Living Intentionally.

Do you know a veteran who needs help? Pass along our number, (800) 80-VETS-4 [800-808-3874]. Heck, tell anyone who is willing to listen we are here to help veterans and their families.

Would you like to support our work? Come on active duty with us. You will not have to go to boot camp and have a drill sergeant scream at you day and night (unless you want to – we will arrange it)! By contributing a minimum of $18 per month, the cost to help one veteran, you can enlist in A HIGHER CALLING – Chaplains for Veterans Active Duty Program and be our partner in helping veterans secure a share of the American dream they fought to preserve. Donate here.

Please pass our number along to one veteran that you know and then join us on Active Duty here! Comment below.

© 2014, Kevin S. Bemel, All Rights Reserved