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Helping vets heal

Primer focuses on what congregations can do

Amy Blumenshine knows the numbers too well. There are perhaps 500,000 men and women in the military returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan who may have escaped physical injury but are dealing with deep emotional and psychological scars.

Amy Blumenshine
Amy Blumenshine
Blumenshine, a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, and a counselor and teacher in the field of crisis intervention, knew she had to help those suffering veterans. What she didn't know - at first - was that others in the church were feeling the same way.

Along with two ELCA pastors - John W. Sippola, Elim Lutheran Church of Blackhoof, Barnum, Minn., and Donald A. Tubesing, retired and living in Middleton, Wis. - and Valerie Yancey, assistant professor of nursing, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville - Blumenshine wrote a pastoral care guide to help service members returning from war, Welcome Them Home - Help Them Heal. A grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, Ill., helped with publication costs.


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