In this essay, Chaplain Morris offers seven steps to help in this process. He suggests that communities of worship should be on the frontline of helping combat veterans and their families readjust to life in the U.S.
With Iraq veteran and chaplain Major John Morris, we explore how war challenges the human spirit and the core tenets of a life of faith. The War on Terror, he says, presents its own spiritual challenges. He is working to support the reintegration of National Guard and Reserve personnel, who are being mobilized for active duty at record levels in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In this audio gallery, Maj. Morris describes images taken during his time spent ministering to soldiers in Iraq. (Flash required)
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