Workshop on Military End of Life Issues

Posted By on March 14, 2012

Date: March 15, 2012

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Allen County Library Meeting Room “C”

Workshop Leader:  Leslie Haines, Executive Director and Founder of Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries Inc.  (LMVFM)

Haines served as a helicopter crew chief from 1983 until 1988 when she graduated from Officer Candidate School.  Now she is retiring as a Major, US Army Military Police (MP).   She served in Guantanamo Bay Detainee Operations and in Kirkuk, Iraq, until she was injured and medivac’d to the United States for surgeries and treatment.  Haines has an AA in music, a BA in criminal justice, an MA in theology (Concordia Seminary), and a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The workshop will provide information to help pastors, Stephens Ministers, counselors, caregivers, families, friends, etc. prepare for and deal with the death of military personnel and veterans.  It will explore differing end of life issues experienced by many soldiers and veterans, as related to their experiences such as:  combat or non-combat experience, duration of war, POW captivity, exposure to mutilated bodies, post traumatic stress, guilt, sexual trauma, exposure to illegal acts, branch of service and rank, and whether they enlisted or were drafted.

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