Chaplain Dave Smith interviewed on impact of war on psychological health

A chaplain leads a service. (Photo by Spc. 2nd Class Jorge Saucedo)

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury (DCOE) recently interviewed Chaplain Dave Smith, the Coordinator of the JustPeace Soul Care Initiative about the impact of war on psychological health.

“Within a month and a half of being there, I had four near-death experiences with improvised explosive devices and a helicopter hard landing,” Smith said. The area was part of the Sunni Triangle, and the insurgency “exploded” in the 82nd’s area of operations. He was the task force chaplain supporting 25,000 soldiers. Smith’s mission was to be there for others, but Smith found he also needed someone to be there for him.

“The challenges of my mission and the threat were ever-present and presented much stress,” he said. “I came back changed.” He remained stressed and hypervigilant through three more deployments.

Click here to read the entire article on the DCOE website.

Click here to learn more about the Soul Care Initiative.

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