Our churches have veterans in their pews. This means that every minister should be ready to provide pastoral care to veteran-specific needs. New Hampshire has a program Ask the Question NH to help care-givers of all kinds understand these needs.
Their basic method is for care-givers to ask the question, “Have you or a family member served in the military?” This question and its answer will help you in:
- Identifying families in need of extra help because of service-related stressors.
- Motivating communities to come together on behalf of those who serve.
- Connecting military families to the supports and services they need.
Read Ask the Question NH’s faith-based resources. They do offer training sessions to understand military culture for those who want to improve their pastoral care-giving.