LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES’ “AT EASE CONGREGATIONAL OUTREACH” EVENT IN LEXINGTON
In 2013, the United States Military is dealing with a crisis of epidemic proportions: the suicides of troops returning home from war. In 2012, these suicides numbered over one per day–a rate that has been steadily increasing since 2006. Experts agree that the difficulty of transitioning back to family and community, as well as the effects of repeated deployments and the uncertainty of civilian life are taking a toll–and too many heroes are not getting help in time.
(March 26, 2013) LEXINGTON, NE – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, April 21st at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington, Nebraska. 26% of veterans in Dawson county live in Lexington; 15% of veterans in Lexington are Gulf War era or later.
This outreach project was created to engage faith-based communities in support of military families throughout Nebraska and features a presentation from Bill & Evonne Williams of the Remembering Our Fallen exhibits and the Heartland Honor Flights. The Williamses speak from experience – their three youngest sons are currently serving active duty and their oldest son served two tours in Iraq. They share how congregations can best support the needs of military families in local communities.
Location Heartland Military Museum, 606 Heartland Road, Lexington, NE (Interstate 80/Lexington exit)
Date Sunday, April 21st; 12:00pm presentation, Lunch following
The public is invited.
About Lutheran Family Services’ At Ease® program and the At Ease® Congregational Outreach Project: Since 2009 Lutheran Family Services has offered the At Ease® program, a trauma treatment and therapeutic support program for active military, veterans and their loved ones living in Nebraska. In 2012 LFS received funding from Wheat Ridge Ministries in order to start the At Ease ® Congregational Outreach Project. The overall goal of the Project is to raise awareness of the needs of military families living in Nebraska, and to engage faith-based organizations in Hildreth in addressing this need. LFS recognizes involvement from faith-based organizations as crucial in dealing with the growing needs of military families in Nebraska. Through the At Ease® Congregational Outreach Project, LFS hopes to empower faith-based organizations to work alongside formal programs like At Ease® to expand the network of support available to Nebraska’s military families.
About Wheat Ridge Ministries: Wheat Ridge Ministries provides start-up funding and resources to inspired leaders in congregations and nonprofit organizations beginning new and innovative human care initiatives. They focus on improving personal wellness of body, mind and spirit. Currently, more than 50 Lutheran-affiliated ministries around the world are receiving assistance through Wheat Ridge. To learn more, please visit www.wheatridge.org.