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Workshop: Welcoming Home Viet Nam Vets

Our Nov. 2 workshop for pastors and laity will help you Welcome Home Viet Nam veterans as well as teach you other ways to minister to veterans of all eras.

Most Viet Nam veterans have never been welcomed home by a community or congregation. In fact, many have painful stories of their reception when they returned from combat. Now fifty years after the war, congregations and communities are encouraged to find ways to honor the service and sacrifice of Viet Nam veterans in a public event to be held between Memorial Day 2012 and Veterans Day 2025. At this workshop you will:

Learn ways to formally welcome Viet Nam veterans home and publicly acknowledge their service and sacrifice.
Hear from Viet Nam veterans and better understand "unhealed wounds" both for veterans and for the community as a whole.
Discover ways to reach out to veterans of all eras, especially veterans and active duty military from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Find out what congregations around the state are doing to reach out to local veterans in order to stem the tide of homelessness, family violence and suicide.

The workshop will be held at the Congregational Church of Christ, 583 Main St., Leominster MA, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Brookfield Institute, the Massachusetts National Guard Chaplaincy and MA National Guard Family Program.

Register for the Nov. 2 workshop here.

Earlier Event: October 26
Can We Talk? Dialoguing Through Difference
Later Event: November 5
Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast