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Rural Clergy Training Program

Educating community clergy about how they can support Veterans
and their families through the readjustment process.




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Many Veterans and their family members who seek help for their problems do so from clergy.

Rural Veterans in particular have limited choices for healthcare. In some communities and the military culture, the stigma associated with mental health problems can be quite strong, which could reduce a Veteran's motivation to seek care. Some Veterans may delay seeking help until a crisis makes it unavoidable.


To help build a strong support net for our Veterans, the National VA Chaplain Service is hosting 1-day education and training events for local clergy of all faith groups, as well as for non-VA chaplains and representatives from Veterans Service Organizations.


Training topics will include:

  • The readjustment challenges Veterans and families face following deployment(s),
  • The spiritual and psychological effects of war trauma on survivors,
  • VA benefits and services available to Veterans,
  • How to connect with the VA to make a referral or get information,
  • The important role of community in helping to reduce stigma.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend one of these informative events in your area!

Demand is high and seating is limited for these free events, so register TODAY!
You may complete the Registration Form below or contact
Jim Goalder at 1-800-216-6447/jim.goalder@gmail.com to reserve your seat.

If leaving a message for Jim, please include the information requested below.
Please also spell any information (e.g., last name, street names) that we may not know.

TRAINING EVENT
8:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch Provided

(Must Select One!)

June 17, 2014 Walla Walla, WA  - Location Details
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June 19, 2014 Twin Falls, ID  - Location Details
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July 22, 2014 Prescott, AZ   - Location Details
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July 24, 2014 Carson City/Gardnerville, NV  - Location Details
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The Rural Clergy Training Program is sponsored by the National VA Chaplain Service and supported by a grant from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health (ORH). If you have any questions, please contact Jim Goalder (1-800-216-6447), Rural Clergy Training Coordinator, or Keith Ethridge, Associate Director, National VA Chaplain Center.



Special thanks to artist Lulu Pelletier for the use of her sketch "Not All War Wounds Are Visible..."
and to LifeTouch, Inc. for their support of this project.

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