Those near the Fort Hood community are no doubt saddened and perplexed by yet another terrorizing time in this military community. There is much discussion in the press about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the horrific things that our soldiers experience in time of war. The multiple deployments that many soldiers and their families experience naturally represent a tremendous challenge demanding incredible self-sacrifice.
As a Chaplain who was serving at Fort Hood during the shooting in 2009, I have to admit my immediate response was sadness at hearing about this most recent incident. Ironically, my wife had just been listening to the audio version of an article of mine which referenced my experience during the shootings in 2009 written for the Christian Science Sentinel online (a weekly publication of spiritual articles)* when we heard the news of the recent incident at this same military base.
The suggestion that the cycles of deployment lead to cycles of suffering which result in further decay and destruction is one which needs to and can be handled through active prayer utilizing the truths found in Christian Science.
Peace and healing in the aftermath of the Fort Hood tragedy
Excerpt from www.Spirituality.com
The November 5th shootings at Fort Hood in Texas, the worst military on military attack on American soil, have stirred a number of reactions and emotions around the world. Grief for the 13 lives lost and the 42 wounded, anger, and speculation about the alleged gunman’s motivation have left people searching for answers. For ideas about how to pray, listen as Sentinel managing editor Ingrid Peschke speaks with Ginny Luedeman, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer, who once lived on the Fort Hood base with her husband, a retired military chaplain. Click on the photo to go to the audio discussion.
USA Today recently published an article outlining the increase in Army medical discharges due to mental health issues (Mental Illness Costing Military Soldiers by Gregg Zoroya published on July 25, 2010).
According to the article, 1,224 soldiers were medically discharged last year due to post-traumatic stress disorder. “These numbers really just validate the mental health communities’ concern about multiple deployments,” says Adrian Atizado, who specializes in health issues as assistant national legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. “Mind and body are both taking a beating.”
In this audio webcast from Spirituality.com, Janet Horton, a 28-year Army veteran and former military chaplain, talks about the spiritual ideas that have inspired and supported her through her years of service in the armed forces, including her experiences at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. She shares healing experiences and answers questions about post-traumatic stress disorder, ways to pray for loved ones in combat as well as the victims of war, and how prayer in combat is possible and essential.