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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?

Our Next Training 

OCA Chaplains Essentials Part 2 training will be May 9-10 in Garland Texas (NE Dallas) at North Cities Church. Contact Debra Guiles (972) 931-0127 or (972) 931-0127 or at debrag_smartmove@att.net

OCA Chaplains Essentials Part 1 training tentatively scheduled for Bradenton, FL June 20-21, 2014 Contact Pastor Dale Eason--daleeason@tampabay.rr.com

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.

William Dillon
OCA Director

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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

William Dillon



Chaplain Decker 
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
 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
Director OCA

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.

Purpose of a Disaster plan

To prepare a team of chaplains for natural or man-made disasters so that they can offer community and government authorities chaplains to assist in energy and disaster situations 


What is a disaster?

The American Red Cross defines a disaster as an emergency that causes the loss of life and property, and a disruption in which survivors cannot manage without spiritual, monetary, or physical assistance. Disasters may be human-made (e.g., terrorism, industrial accidents) or natural (hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.). 

Four phases of disaster

1. Rescue. The primary task is to save lives and property. Essential personnel include emergency medical, firefighting and law enforcement professionals. Nonprofessionals may be able to give first aid and call for help. Chaplains may be called on to supply Spiritual care.

2. Relief. The major task is to create safe and sanitary conditions for survivors and emergency personnel attending to them. Faith communities may provide clothing, food, shelter, health care, and pastoral response.

3. Short-term recovery. The major tasks include damage assessment, restoration of utilities, temporary repair, reestablishment of communications, and maintenance of civic order.

4. Long-term recovery. Principal tasks are rebuilding lives and communities, conducting grief counseling and dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual unmet needs.


Spiritual Care

During the rescue faze chaplains can be used to supply spiritual and emotional care to victims as follows

1.     Asses the survivors that are not in the need of immediate medical attention

2.     Dealing with family separation

3.     Death notification

4.     Comforting the bereaved

5.     Recommendations for further mental health attention

This is usually accomplished from and in conjunction with a First Responder or Crises command post or hospital in the area.

Having Chaplains on the Crises team has so many advantages that many goverment and private organizations have not only recognized this but are now asking for 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 director@ocachaplain.com

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Director of Occupational Chaplains

All applications are to be sent to

OCA Director William Dillon  
264 South Veterans Memoral Blvd 
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone: 870-814-0901
Email: Director@ocachaplains.com

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8855 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood, MO 63042-2299