Chaplain Richard Strait 89 Chaplain
Retired US Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. Retired due to war injuries and PTSD. My wife is a US Marine Corps Veteran. After years of surgeries, PTSD treatment (inpatient & outpatient) we were able to go back to college and finish our ministry degrees. Now, we are full-time missionaries to the military and veterans' community that has been impacted by PTSD and war just as we were. We help the veterans, and their families restore their faith and trust in our Lord and Savior. We also help churches start up military ministries and faith-based support groups. All the help we provide is FREE.
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1. Coffee, Campfire, & S’mores
This is a time to come meet others and begin to build comradery and fellowship. It allows them to get to know more about the staff and current volunteers. It allows us and current volunteers the opportunity to get to know them better as well. This is actually done around a campfire with coffee, tea, soda, S'mores, and more. It will be done around a virtual campfire depending on weather and the season.
2. Intel Briefing (what many would call a new volunteer orientation)
This is a two-part class where will share with them our ministry beliefs, our mission and vision, our values, our story, and why we do what we do. There is plenty of time for questions and answers.
3. Service Opportunities
We have several ministry areas, teams, groups, and community that they can get involved in to help out military, veterans, and their families as we strive to help with their spiritual injury. The joy they will have as they "Lead people to Follow Christ" or to recommit themselves to a relationship with Christ is awesome! This is a great way to say "Thank you" to our military veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms. Help them pick which area or areas to volunteer in.
S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Training
All our volunteers must undergo annual suicide prevention training. By taking this course they will develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk.
S.A.V.E. stands for:
S: Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized
A: Ask the most important question of all — “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”
V: Validate the Veteran’s experience
E: Encourage treatment and Expedite getting help
This is free and can be down through attending a VA virtual training or one through Psych/Armor. Provide them the Pysch/Armor link and list of upcoming VA S.A.V.E. training.