John Sippola, Chaplain, LTC, ret., MDiv; Amy Blumenshine, MSW, MA; Donald A Tubesing, PhD, MDiv; Valerie Yancey, PhD, RN
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Welcome Them Home was written to equip the growing number of pastors, parish nurses, counselors, and caregivers in churches across the country to support and advocate for veterans and their loved ones. It expands the reader's knowledge of providing veterans with physical, mental, and spiritual care and sparks a spirit of willingness and hope.
Welcome Them Home is a practical guide for ministering to veterans, offering an understanding of the nature of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, the challenges soldiers face when returning home, and the physical, psychological and spiritual wounds of war. It defines the church's role, discussing the basic principles for outreach, guidelines for creating a welcoming and safe environment, and presenting ideas for activating the healing rituals of the church year. It provides a wealth of resources: agencies that serve veterans, tips for making effective referrals, quick screening tools for PTSD, depression, and traumatic brain injury, and a comprehensive Wounds of War assessment.
Working together, compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled caregivers, friends, and professionals can give veterans life-saving and life-giving care and support. Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal provides the tools for ministers and other church staff to do just that.
On May 24, 2010 Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal won first place in the Religion category of the prestigious Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Awards. Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher and printer, this award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Books are grouped by genre and are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. A panel of 150 judges from the publishing industry weighed and evaluated close to 1,300 submissions in 50 categories submitted by publishers large and small.