From our Veterans Care Association formation meeting on 29 June we have been operating on a number of fronts simultaneously. Direct pastoral care to veterans has been a task Gary has engaged in, visiting vets in hospital, mainly with cancer, but also meeting them in their gathering events at RSL subbranches, Corps Associations, and conducting memorial services.
Most Veterans present with multiple, body mind and soul wounds, and Gary’s explanation of the need for holistic health to promote wellbeing gets many heads nodding.
Engagement with those supporting vets has involved meetings with the Qld commissioner for DVA, Alison Stanley, State Pres RSL Terry Meehan , all Mates4mates staff, and Premier Campbell Newman, Military Brotherhood and with various RAR associations.
The concept of holistic care is known to them but getting spiritual/pastoral inputs into current programs will take time as some practitioners/service providers will not move out of their space (or reject the notion of the value of the spiritual). (more…)