Good News..... Our resolution on Wounded Soldiers and Veterans has passed in both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Here is the final version of our resolution. This resolution was first sponsored in the Diocese of Chicago by my two congregations, as well as by the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. This resolution is now the basis for the official church policy on health-care and ministry to veterans and soldiers. This is an important accomplishment for us. Thank you for all of your prayers and support.
- Father Rod Reinhart
Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention encourage its clergy, members, congregations and agencies to:
A. Educate themselves about the health-care and economic needs of our nation's military personnel and veterans who have been wounded, physically or emotionally, in the current wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, or in other wars, past or future.
B. Call on our nation's Department of Veteran Affairs Medical System and the US Government to continue to give the best possible care to our veterans, and to shorten the time required for our soldiers to receive approval for medical care and other benefits, which they have earned through their military service.
C. Take direct action to improve the lives of wounded soldiers in their communities and, when asked, to advocate on their behalf with government agencies.
D. Seek to build caring pastoral relationships with wounded soldiers in their families, congregations, communities, or local hospitals.
E. Encourage the establishment of an Episcopal Veterans Fellowship for each diocese.
F. Encourage local congregations to establish an annual healing service for wounded military personnel, veterans and others.