Churches Must Do More Than Say “Thank You” to Help Veterans Struggling to Recover from War

(PHOTO: REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA) A member of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) takes part in a "Flags-In" ceremony, ahead of Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, May 21, 2015.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA)
A member of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) takes part in a “Flags-In” ceremony, ahead of Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, May 21, 2015.

The mental plight of American servicemen returning home from war zones has been well documented by various groups and news organizations. Politicians and activists alike have noted the high rates of suicide and substance abuse among veterans, mentally wounded by their experiences overseas.

In the United States, there are many churches and faith-based organizations that are seeking to help returning veterans cope with life after combat.

One group is known as the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs and was founded by veteran and MMA fighter Chad Robichaux. One church affiliated with Mighty Oaks is The Life Church, a Virginia congregation with campuses in Manassas and Winchester.

John Mizerak, spokesman for Life Church, told The Christian Post that his congregation became involved following a speech by Robichaux last Memorial Day.

“We were so impressed with Chad and his wife, Kathy, and their growing ministry that we started supporting them immediately. There is a huge need for their ministry around the U.S., but especially here in the D.C. area,” said Mizerak.

“Chad and Kathy are speaking at four services this weekend at The Life Church and Chad is also speaking at McLean Bible Church on Sunday night at 6 p.m.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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