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Supporting Recovery Through Spirituality

July 26, 2017 | 3-minute read

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This week marks the 242nd anniversary of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, an ideal time to discuss the impact that spirituality and religious beliefs can have on the lives of our Nation’s Veterans.

For a Veteran going through a tough time, religious beliefs and/or spirituality can play an integral role in the recovery process and long-term healing. Chaplains, pastors, spiritual directors, and others provide support through counseling and fellowship.

One Veteran, Marty, held feelings of guilt and anger after military service that impacted his spiritual life. He was able to find emotional and spiritual healing thanks to support from his church community. “That brought a huge amount of relief,” he says.

Many Veterans are discovering ways to overcome challenges by renewing their faith or finding a new spiritual path along with their mental health treatment. You can explore Veteran stories regarding spirituality and religious beliefs at

“Developing a sense of trust and a sense of faith in the universe, in a higher power, in God, in whatever word works for whoever you are,” says Heather, a U.S. Air Force Veteran. “I think that my spirituality was absolutely crucial to my recovery.”

If there are problems interfering with your health and well-being or getting in the way of your relationships, your work, or the activities you enjoy, you may want to reach out for support. Consider connecting with a spiritual or religious adviser or a chaplain in addition to seeking support through therapy or counseling. You can also reach out to your local VA medical center or Vet Center.

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