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The Care of Veterans

From the experiences of Chaplain Gary Stone and many others This resource is produced as a guide for Veterans , their families and other carers, to better understand health, disease, and healing in the veterans context. Our experience is that if we can choose to be proactive in a holistic health programme, we can counter distress, develop resilience, and maintain wellbeing, and look forward in hope. Background All who serve their nation in the Defence Force, Police or Emergency services will experience consequences to their health and wellbeing as a result. Their families will also experience consequences and may struggle […]

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Caring for the mind

As with the body we need to embrace those things that nurture us and avoid those things which are toxic. The most toxic impact on the mind is stress. Stress is a more significant danger to our health than being 15 kg overweight. Stress hormones increase our blood flow to the muscles for  “fight or flight” and in doing so,  shut down our processes for healing and growth. Stress down regulates our immune system . What happens in our mind affects our body in profound ways. Chronic stress raises cortisol levels which turns off our immune system, keeps us awake, […]

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Caring for the soul

Defence has recently released a DVD called ‘Dents in the Soul”. The title comes from a statement by a veteran commander from our 1992 Somalia deployment who reflected that he had received “Dents in the Soul” from this experience. From a philosophical and spiritual perspective, our soul is different to our mind. The soul can provide the vision and inspiration to direct the mind. The mind is a physical place intimately connected with the chemistry of our brain.  Our soul is a spiritual reality. It is that aspect of our existence where we find true identity and purpose. All animals […]

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Post Traumatic Healing & Growth – a Matter of life or Death

From the experiences of Chaplain Gary Stone Synopsis: If we can better understand health and disease, and choose to be proactive in a holistic health programme, we can counter distress, develop resilience, and maintain wellbeing in the longer term. The experiences of life are great teachers Over many years as a Chaplain to the Royal Australian Regiment Association and as a member of the RSL , I have received too many notices of the death of veterans, dying in their 40s , 50s and 60s, mostly from cancer , but dying well before the age that they should have the lived to. Like my other brethren […]

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Discover your total level of Stress

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened or overwhelmed, your nervous system response by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol which rouse the body into emergency action. Occasional Situational Stress is normal – we need it to protect ourselves from dangerous situations. But if you’re suffering from ongoing, continual or extreme stress – it may be time to seek help. Complete the stress questionnaire to discover your true level of stress.

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God’s words for Post Traumatic Healing and Growth

Through my study and own life experiences, I have found the following passages to be of comfort to me. I hope that they bring you comfort and reassurance as well. Gary.   Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to determine what God’s will is – his good pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 God has given us a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and control your thoughts.   Colossians 3:15 Be still and know that I […]

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