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America on Anesthesia
How soon America forgets the sudden wave of shock, pain and suffering we experienced on 9-11. It is as if we suddenly awoke on an operating table to the horrible pain of live surgery only to be given more anesthesia and now we are back asleep.
What was lacking most on that day? It was not the police, fire fighters or emergency personnel, many of whom gave their lives. The Red Cross was there taking blood donations and helping the physical bodies of victims and rescuers. They all were there! So what was needed?
Chaplains must take down time to continue to be effective
Here we are at Hawk's Nest zip line in NC. These zip lines are reported to be the longest zip lines on the east coast. We did 11 lines in about 2 hours and two swinging bridges. My 6 year old grandaughter did all 11 lines.
Remember to stay effective you must remember you are not superhuman nor yet taken on your glorified body so make sure you have some down time.
If you are like me this can be difficult when you think of such great needs and you are called to minister to people with those needs. And yet if you bottom out and have nothing left to give how can you help anyone.
Take a short break each week, do something special you like to do at least one time each month just for yourself and don't forget vacations.
Lastly don't forget your family.
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What a great time we had in Wisconsin
This is the last group of a two level training hosted by Chapalin, Pastor, Presbyter and Purpose Insititute trainer John D Putnam. Whew that was a mouth full of titles! They treated us with such great kindness that it nearly overwhelmed us. Our thanks to the wonder people of WI.
They have invinted us back for a level three training next year! See you all there
Glory and Honor to the Lord for he is good." I have an article that I thought would be good for the web page. If you desire to post it that would be great, if not that is fine also. I just wanted to share this hoping that other people would become more informed about PTSD.
Thank You and God Bless,
Bro. Larry E.Decker M.Div
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD- the unseen enemy)
We need to understand veterans with PTSD. With so many soldiers being deployed overseas, many have returned with this condition. Some receive treatment, while others do not search for help. As a church body, we need to reach out and help these veterans. So many times their actions are misunderstood.
As a veteran myself, I have been back from the war theater for seven years. I still find myself experiencing the effects of PTSD. Nightmares reoccur at times when you least expect them. This tends to disorient you and you begin withdrawing again. Much of the time when this happens, we find refuge in the security of our own home. We are embarrassed to discuss this with family members and even clergy, afraid they will think we are weak.
Life-changing events and situations create setbacks for a veteran with PTSD. A death of a family member or close friend, or other major life-changing events such as retirement or change of employment can trigger anxiety to resurface. During times like these, the veteran may return to a period of withdrawal and seek the feeling of safety in his/her home. You may notice a change in their faithfulness to church as well. It is during these times when you see these changes, that your understanding, patience, and acts of reaching out to that individual will be most appreciated. It is definitely not a time to criticize or rebuke that veteran for their actions. They have not turned their back on God, they will recover and return to church after a short time of regrouping their feelings of anxiety that these life-changes have created.
We need to educate ourselves and pray for our veterans that have been affected by this, not only the present wars, but past wars as well. You can also research this at the va.org website.
Chaplain Decker is:
Retired military National Guard, Staff Sgt. E-6
35 years affiliation with military service
Life member VFW
Numerous overseas and stateside deployments, most recent Kandahar, Afghanistan
Will graduate this spring with Th.D.
Associate Chaplain, Bloomington Hospital, 18 years
OCA Police Chaplains
Here are two of our chaplains being sworn in as police chaplains. Chaplain Robert Mitchell and Chaplain Andrew Wasmundt JR..This is the vision that we have had for so many years! That our chaplains could minister and be a vital part of every occupation. At this point we are closing in on 100 occupational chaplains in the UPCI. Thank you God for your direction, Daniel Batchelor for his leadership and the great team that we work with Chaplain Hattabaugh, Chaplain Hawkins, Dr. Poe our director of training and my assistant Steve Miller.
William N Dillon
Great News on CEUs
Chaplain Miller would like to share with all of our chaplains a place to obtain Continuing Education Units" for a very reasonable cost. www.quantumunitsed.com/
OCA will accept any field related training taught by credible trainers. ICPC is great Police chaplain training as well as many hospitals offer CPE training for Medical chaplains.
Chaplain Hattabaugh, our commander over the Police/Fire chaplains submitted this helpful booklet on
Subject: DHS Resources for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Events
Click on the link above entitled "Active Shooter How to respond" to view
This is also available in Spanish by requesting by email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are currently serving as a chaplain
WE WANT YOU
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A wonderful site dedicated to helping prevent officer suicide. Met my friend Andy O'Hara and his dedicated team