Caring for Servicemen and Women in the National Guard and Reserves Through the Deployment Process: A Pastoral Guide
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Nearly 2 million service members have deployed since September 11, 2001. Service members have unique experiences and unique needs. A number of common struggles have been noted among those who have served in combat zones. Wisconsin Synod Military Services has established a strong ministry among those serving on active duty, but often those who serve in the National Guard and Reserves can fall through the cracks. Local pastors need to be ready to serve those who serve. They will be the primary spiritual shepherd for those who return from combat and should look for ways to serve them as best as they can. This paper will help equip pastors with the information they will need to understand and improve their ministry to service members in reserve units.