Identity Crisis Among Veterans

In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. — Erik Erikson Erickson’s concept of identity crisis has been generally associated wit…

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TVCA Veteran Reflections

Join us at the American Red Cross for the fourth episode of Veteran Reflections. Speakers will include Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. This is a evening of history that you will not want to miss! Beer will…
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How Self-worth Affects Identity

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how our social environment affects our identity. Our social environments shape us from birth, often unconsciously, instilling a sense of security, self-worth,…

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Spiritual Fitness

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The U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program lists five domains in which each soldier needs to be established: PHYSICAL – EMOTIONAL – SOCIAL – FAMILY – SPIRITUAL.

It is particularly important to the Christian Soldier to strengthen his or her Spiritual Fitness and that of their family. Spiritual fitness helps ensure positive growth after exposure to the stress and trauma of combat.

You are a Soldier defending your country. As part of this duty, you will encounter many challenges on the home front and on the battle front. The Spiritual Fitness handbook offers key tools to develop strength and find hope for your battles. Read through the handbook from start to finish, or use as needed to remind you of God’s love and promises given especially for you.

Definitions

Spiritual

This refers to the aspects of our lives which interact with God, His kingdom and the kingdom of Satan. The effects of these interactions will govern our relationships, priorities, perspectives, goals, attitudes, actions and responses to adversity and trauma.

Spiritual Fitness

This refers to qualities build into us through our relationship with God which enable us to strongly resist harmful influences or assaults (physical, mental or spiritual) and to recover quickly when our defenses are breeched, eventually taking us to a state that is stronger than we had known prior to our wounding. This gives us the ability to do things like:

♦ Bounce back after the tragic death of a close friend.
♦  Gain meaning and strength, even from tragedy.
♦ Convert pain and stress into purpose and productivity in service to others.
♦ Rise above and triumph over adversity we encounter.

Faith

This describes the conviction that an eternal, loving, all-powerful, trustworthy Creator-God exists, and that He desires to interact with us, care for us, guide us, and transform us to be like Him. We hold these convictions even when they cannot be verified by our five senses. Faith enhances spiritual fitness, prompting us to love, obey and worship God out of a sense of gratitude and to love other people as we love ourselves.

Christian Faith

This is the conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Christians believe that His willing sacrificial death on the cross paid the penalty for sin and made it possible for us to experience an eternal relationship with God through faith in Him. Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead verified His claims. True Christianity isn’t “pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by” or mere philosophy, but a vital day-by-day, moment-by-moment interactive friendship with God which enhances spiritual fitness.

Spiritual Fitness Guidebook: Soldier Edition

U.S. Soldier Edition. The Spiritual Fitness Guidebooks (SFG) offer training in spiritual fitness for Soldiers and their families who look to their Christian culture for guidance, strength and inspiration.

 CONTENTS
  • Bullet Proof Faith
  • How to Know that Christ is in Your Life
  • How to be a Disciple
  • What is the Bible?
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Can a Christian be a Warrior?
  • Dealing with Tough Times
  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
  • Jesus in Resilience
  • Spiritual Battle Drills
  • Basic Spiritual Fitness
  • Spiritual Ammo Bunker

Spiritual Fitness Guidebooks are also available for Marines, sailors, and airmen.

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Moral Injury

Invisible injuries inflict psychological pain that can drive sufferers to end their lives. Although many of these invisible injuries are now well-known, there is a new name for a timeless problem t…

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Why is moral injury so dangerous?

In order to treat a veteran all parts of the self should be address physical, mentally, and spiritually. All three most be treated in order to balance the person if one is neglected there will be no balance.

Expanding on my previous post on moral injury, I want to emphasize why it is so dangerous. Moral injury often lurks under the radar, taking lives and leaving survivors unable to make sense of the t…

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