On the 11th day, of the 11th hour of the 11th month, Canadians pause in memory of the countless men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service. It’s been a solemn tradition for more than 90 years. And while the names of the wars and the conflicts have changed, the essence of sacrifice remains the same. Over 25,000 soldiers have served in Afghanistan in the last decade. In this episode, we take a look at the care needed for those new veterans and ask, "is it enough?"
Question of the Week: How do you think Canada should care for its returning veterans from Afghanistan? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It doesn’t matter where you stand on the politically charged issue of where and how Canadian soldiers are engaged today, what does matter is the personal side of this. Young women and men have volunteered to serve for the well being of others.
Jesus challenged his followers to love so deeply that they would be willing to lay down their lives for others.It is a seldom-practised doctrine, but in times of war, it is the doctrine to lean on, a rationale to assure us that life-risking efforts have been inspired by the highest ideal.
It means we need to awaken to the reality that our spiritual truths exist for more than burying the dead. We need to pray that evil will be extinguished where our soldiers face danger. We need to pray for their families, for their wounds, for their re-entry into peace-filled lives.
Community prayer for our military was a practice of old; when wars were waged with a higher death count and the nation was more practised at knowing that faith was for more than just funerals. It's time to bring it back.
Veteran Care in the News:
Veterans wanted dead, not alive, ombudsman charges
Afghan returnees find Veterans Affairs a formidable foe
Spiritual Care for Soldiers: