Welcome Home is a simple phrase but it may have many different meanings for veterans. For some it means where the heart is or a place to relax, but for others it means entering into a different type of conflict. Some of those conflicts mean bobby traps that our minds play; the IEDs (Inability to Explain Difficulties); the flashbacks; nightmares; drinking to numb the pain; the fear of the night and the prayer that the Lord would let us not wake up; and the list grows.
Lutheran Military Veterans and Family Ministries (LMVFM) serves as your military veterans and families outreach ministry. We provide veterans and family members, as well as those civilians who have worked alongside our military members in combat zones with free direct care programs such short-term counseling and assistance. Additionally, LMVFM provides training and awareness programs and resource assistance to congregations, clergy, Stephens Ministry and common care providers to assist you in the training of your congregation to help veterans and their families. As a Christian ministry, having a Lutheran understanding of God and His promise for mankind, LMVFM therefore draws its strength from God, and follows the example of mercy and forgiveness in the programs and services we provide. All veterans and their family members, regardless of their religious beliefs, are welcomed by LMVFM.
Seminar with Dr. Paula Caplan
Dr. Paula Caplan author of book "When Johnny and Jane come Marching Home," will present two seminars on March 15-16, 2013. Download the flyer for more details.
Women Warriors Wellness Retreat
Women Warriors Wellness Retreat, March 13-15, at the Victory Noll Retreat Center in Huntington, Indiana.
Freedom Through Art
The "Freedom Through Art" program invites veterans and their families to come and relax with each other as they work on any number of artistic projects. The group meets every Tuesday from 6-8 PM. All supplies and materials are provided free to veterans and their families. See the FTA flyer for more information.