VA uses `spiritual assessments’ in treating ill vets

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c. 2008 Religion News Service BALTIMORE _ “I have dreams,” said Vietnam veteran Raymond Ratajczak Jr., his mouth wet and tears on his face. “Dreams of recovery.” Ratajczak sat up in a cot at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in a room shared with three other patients. Every few minutes, his face wrinkled and he […]

  • Nancy Ratajczak

    God bless my dad for his courage in this interview. As his daughter, I express my pride in his candid responses, and project my love, faith, and the power of God’s healing – all in his direction. I am so proud to be part of this world because of YOU!

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  • S. Barcham, D. Min., BCC

    It would prove to be wise to see if the chaplains who were proselytizing improperly were properly trained….if so, this manner of abuse would not have taken place.There are steps to take in becoming a chaplain (not unlike a physician or a psychiatrist); firstly, one must have a Masters in Divinity or the like; secondly, one must complete 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by a trained CPE Supervisor and the location ought to be accredited. Third, one must also become certified with a chaplaincy governing body such as: NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains), APC (Association of Professional Chaplains), AJC (Association of Jewish Chaplains). These are the three certifying boards recognized in the USA for credentialling Professional Chaplains. Anything short of that….isn’t professional…thus, you get what you hire.