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At last I've heard a voice of reason, compassion and common sense regarding the situation in Iraq, and how it affects the troops and their families.

On Thursday, Jan 18th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley a group of ministers met to discuss how to best deal with the influx of Iraq war veterans and their families. The main speaker, Major John Morris, deputy state chaplain of the MN National Guard pointed out that churches across the nation, including those in Minnesota will soon face this tidal wave of change, and asked for the help of the 300 pastors in attendance.

I'm glad to see people planning ahead, not just wailing about the unfairness of things, or decrying the political and economic motivation behind the war. In spite of anyone's political leanings, the men and women serving in Iraq, and their families will all be in need of help of one sort or another. Not only will they have financial hardship, but the mental and spiritual changes these people go through alter every aspect of their lives, most especially their family lives, and often churches are the first "line of defense" in helping ease the tension of adjusting back to civilian life.

The pastors were asked, no begged, for their assistance and understanding. But most of all they were asked to set aside their personal opinions about the war and simply to do their best to help.

I've seen it said time and again that if you don't support the war, you are disrespecting the troops serving there. I disagree. I have the utmost respect for the men and women serving in Iraq, often at great expense to themselves and their families. While I disagree with the premise of this "war" I believe we must do everything in our power to help the troops serving, and those who return after their service.

You can read more about the meeting mentioned earlier at
http://www.startribune.com/462/story/946140.html


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