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Mailing Address

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia 22211
Toll Free Calls
Monday - Friday
6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST


Book Resources

Edward Tick, War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-trumatic Stress Disorder, Quest Books, Wheaton, IL, 2005

Nancy Sherman, The Untold War: Inside The Hearts, Minds, And Souls Of Our Soldiers, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 2010

Nancy Sherman, "Hidden Wounds: Healing After A Soldier's Homecoming." America": The National Catholic Weekly, May 21, 2012, pp. 13-16

John Sippola, et.al., Welcome Them Home Help Them: Pastoral care and ministry with service members returning from war. Whole Person Associations, Inc., Duluth MN, 2009 http://welcomethemhomebook.com

David Adam, Nick Fawcett, Ray Simpson, Christine Titmus, Remember War, Make Peace, Kevin Mayhew/Publisher, (available from eden.co.uk)



Michelle Bellon, THE COMPLEXITY OF A SOLDIER, An Old Line Publishing Book

Kevin Powers, THE YELLOW BIRDS, Little Brown and Co., 2013

Brian Castner, THE LONG WALK: A Story of War and the Life That Follows, Anchor Books, 2012. The language and images are very graphic, but also very honest.

Phil Klay, REDEPLOYMENT: Writing about what soldiers, mainly Marines, experienced in Iraq and what "coming home" means.



Fortnight for Freedom



Archdiocese For The Military Services, USA



PO Box 4469, Washington, DC 20017 - P. 202.719.3600 - F: 202.269.9022


The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children.


ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The ADA insures that all persons with disabilities have equal access to services, housing, programs (public and private), etc. http://ada25chicago.org


Blue Elephant Project



Grief and Loss Resources for Children and Teens

Operation S.A.V.E. can help you save a life.

Survivor Support ResourcesSurvivor Resources84.93 KBDownload
Veterans in Crisis 777.02 KBDownload

Office for Divine Worship - Liturgical Resources - 312-534-5153


Liturgical Suggestions for Ministering to Veterans

Sample Intercessions for the Universal Prayer:

The following samples can be used as a model for preparing intercessions, and can be adopted according to need:


For those who have served in the military; for veterans and all military personnel, for those still in combat, for gratitude, safety, healing, and peace. We pray to the Lord.


For our Armed Forces; for the military personnel who have gone overseas, and for all who long for their safe return. We pray to the Lord.


For those engaged in military service; for those who combat war and violence daily, and risk their lives that our world may know peace. We pray to the Lord.


For families separated from their loved ones in the military; and for the strength they need to face this time of isolation and uncertainty. We pray to the Lord.


For the Church and all military chaplains, for preachers and counselors, and for all who bring guidance and support to our troops and their families. We pray to the Lord.

Blessings for those leaving for or returning from deployment:

When parishioners are being deployed, consider a special blessing of them after the Prayer After Communion and before the final blessing. The following prayers may be used and adapted as needed:


O God, you led your servants Abraham and Sarah from their home and guarded them in all their wanderings. Guide this servant of yours, N. Be a refuge on the journey, shade in the heat, shelter in the storm, rest in weariness, protection in trouble, and a strong staff in danger. We give you thanks for him/her; bind us together now, even though we may be far apart. Grant this through Christ our Lord. (Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers)


All-powerful and merciful God, you led the children of Israel on dry land, parting the waters of the sea; you guided the Magi to your Son by a star. Help these, our brothers and sisters and give them a safe journey. Under your protection let them reach their destination and come at last to the eternal haven of salvation, through Christ our Lord. (Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers)


May almight God keep you from all harm and bless you with every good gift. Amen. May he set his word in your heart and fill you with lasting joy. Amen. May you walk in his ways, always knowing what is right and good. Amen. And may Almighty God bless you all...(Book of Blessings, Ch. 67)


Environment and the American Flag:

For guidance and direction for the placement of the American Flag in the church, go to the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-resources/architecture-and-environment/display-of-flags-in-catholic-churches.cfm

Mayslake Ministries - Fostering the Spiritual Life - 630.268.9000

MAYSLAKE MINISTRIES is offering a FREE Retreat for Veterans and their significant other. November 18-20, 2016, Siena Retreat Center, Racine WI. The retreat focuses on healing and reconciliation. Please call Mayslake Ministries, 630-268-9000, for more information and registration details. Or visit their website at www.mayslakeministries.org

Mayslake Ministries offers a parish based spiritual support program

for parents and spouses of military deployed overseas. 


National Catholic Partnership on Disability - Assisting Veterans in your Parish

Suggestions for assisting Veterans in the Parish

  • Pray for Veterans - those serving in the military, and their families

  • Invite the parish to learn about the physically and spiritually wounded

  • Create a ministry for Veterans - be aware especially of those coming home from the Reserves and National Guard

  • Create a parish drop-in center - a lounge for Veterans and others; create safe spaces and a ministry of hospitality and welcome

  • Help Veterans find jobs

  • Encourage those who are ready to serve in a ministry; help them find a place to belong and share their gifts on the parish

  • Create circles of listening

  • Encourage re-establishing relationship with Jesus (Veteran Retreats)

  • Provide ways to return to the Sacrament of Reconcilation (Ignation Examen)

  • Welcome Veterans and their families back to the table

  • Help Veterans navigate the VA Medical System

  • Connect Veterans to other Veterans

  • Look to Joining Forces.gov


Archdiocese of Washington - Supporting Our Veterans & Families

 TitleCategoryModified Date 
Supporting Our Veterans And FamiliesLiturgy/Support10/26/2012Download
Religious and Spiritual Issues After War TraumaSpecial Needs2/20/2013Download