The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Home from war

Chaplains ease the return of soldiers to their families

After a four- to seven-month tour of duty in a military hot spot like Iraq, the anticipation of returning home dominates the thoughts of even the most hardened military personnel.

"When we demobilize soldiers, it's virtually impossible to get their attention," says Lt. Col. Chris Dahlberg, an ELCA pastor and Army Reserve chaplain at Fort Dix, N.J. "They have one focus in mind: home and family. Their minds have already left Fort Dix."

Recently military branches have implemented mandatory demobilizing counseling for service people

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