There is a definite lack of knowledge about moral injury within the veteran and clergy community. Many chaplains have no idea how much women veterans are truly suffering and how little support they receive. Chaplains often think of moral injury as something that only happens to combat soldiers when they kill someone.
Civilian clergy and chaplains can play a pivotal role in helping veterans. “Community pastors rather than health care providers may be the first point of contact for a family struggling with the return of a loved one… Service members are trained to be stoic, self-reliant individuals who focus on the well-being of their unit, but chaplains can promote a comfort level for seeking help or sharing hardships,” stated Dr. Richard Powers (in Caring for the Human Spirit, Spring/Summer 2015). However, if a pastor has never served, he or she may not know how to “speak the veteran language”.
Women veterans are widely spread throughout the U.S. and often have a low level of financial and transportation resources.
The conferences aim to address these problems by putting military chaplains, civilian clergy, and women veterans in the same room. Veterans will get a chance to tell their story. Researchers who specialize in moral injury, soul care, PTSD, and mental health will share their latest findings, and clergy and mind/body/soul practitioners will describe healing modalities. The conference leaders hope to create an environment for positive relationships and future collaboration.
The committee is made up of a diverse group of veterans, support professionals, and chaplains:
- Mary Ellen Salzano
- Alicia Marie (Diesch) Lopez
- Jackie Berry
- Darcy Pavich
- Billiekai Boughton
- Louise Sutherland-Hoyt
- Angela Caruso-Yahne
- Lindsey Moser
Communications Assistant and Military Liaison
- Avalon Taylor
Dr. Daniel Roberts is the owner and founder of Roberts Research and Consulting. Daniel is an author and consultant who conducts world-class, women-centered education, research, and advocacy in spiritual leadership and spiritual support. Daniel has over 15 years of experience in providing emotional and spiritual support to men and women in the armed forces. He also provides training and mentorship to thousands of military chaplains through conferences, classroom instruction, and one-on-one coaching. His students include chaplains from the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Daniel also helped the CAF develop military doctrine for the deployment of chaplains as religious advisers.
Dr. Roberts created the Comprehensive Female Soldier Support Model, a framework of spiritual care for women service members. His current research includes women-centered theory development on spiritual leadership and moral injury. Daniel is also an expert on world religions.
Dr. Roberts’ recent publications include Combating Religiously Influenced Racism in Organizations (SAGE Business Cases), Modifying the Qualitative Delphi Technique to Develop the Female Soldier Support Model (The Qualitative Report), Women and Leadership: Using the Delphi Technique to Effect Organizational Change (SAGE Business Cases), and The Comprehensive Female Soldier Support Model: A Delphi Study (Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy).
Dr. Roberts holds a doctorate of management in organizational leadership with a specialization in information systems technology from the University of Phoenix, a M.S. in information systems from Strayer University, and a B.A. in management and ethics from John Wesley College. He is a member of the Spiritual Care Association and the Military Chaplains Association.
To find out more, contact Dr. Daniel Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-690-5964. References are available upon request.