State focuses on church involvement with vets


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — About 170 church representatives and other faith-based groups have attended a conference aimed at getting churches and other religious groups more involved with helping veterans returning home

The Alabama Veterans Well-Being Ministry Conference was held Thursday at Auburn High School. It was a joint project of state agencies including the governor's office and private organizations.

Retired Army chief of chaplains, Douglas L. Carver, says about 40 percent of veterans with mental issues seek help from spiritual leaders, and faith groups need to know how to help.

The conference included sessions for pastors and others on post-traumatic stress disorder and recognizing warning signs of potential suicide.

Alabama has more than 20,000 veterans who are in the process of returning home.

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