This is no. 17 in the contest about how one might find meaning after leaving military service.
Duance France writes: “As I was returning from Iraq, a chance encounter with another mental health professional told a group of us, ‘If you’re interested in psychology, become a therapist; there aren’t enough combat veterans in the career field.’
I retired in August of 2014; in June of 2015, I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since January of 2014, as part of my degree program and now as a licensed clinician, I have been helping other veterans heal from the invisible wounds of war.
In addition to my clinical work, I also write and speak about veteran mental health through books, blogs, a podcast, and voice-first technology. Arguably, this new mission provides me with as much, if not more, purpose and meaning than I had during my 22 years in the Army.”
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Jackie Melendrez couldn't be prouder of her husband, her sons, and the fact that she works for the trucking company Iron Mountain. This regional router has been a Mountaineer since 2017, and says the support she receives as a military spouse and mother is unparalleled.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.
The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.