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Helping clergy help veterans

This spring the Department of Veterans Affairs began offering clergy in the rural South free training on the issues veterans face.

The VA reports that about one-fourth of people who seek help for mental health go to clergy.

"Faith is an important healing resource for many veterans," said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

Among the training topics: post-deployment readjustment challenges, spiritual and psychological effects of war trauma, reducing mental health stigma and community support.


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