Peace be with you! So many good developments have occurred in recent months. I hope that this news will bring joy to your hearts and satisfaction knowing that we are improving the lives of veterans, their families and those who support them. Progress is being made in all our objective areas. Our membership base is increasing. Our sphere of influence is growing across the range of provider groups in the Veterans. But best of all Veterans and their family members are being encouraged, growing in hope and empowered to take steps to improve their lives though education in holistic health. Despite invitations to broaden our work into other areas of community need I have been careful to focus my time on our target objective areas. (more…)
Activity has continued on a number of fronts. Direct pastoral care to veterans and their families has continued on a daily basis. I have been receiving more requests from family members across Australia, to help them understand what’s happening in their loved ones. Realistically there are more calls for support than I can follow through on, but I can but offer a listening ear, some spiritual triage, affirmation, and recommend them to a support person in their own area. This is very well received. Visiting vets in hospital has continued, and I have done several funerals. I have also initiated visits to RSL and other Veteran sub-branches on the Gold Coast, starting to get to know the communities here. (more…)
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…)