New Member Guide

These are some of the things we may discuss/ask of you at your first meeting:

 

1.  My life's story:  What branch of service were you in?  How long?  When and where have you served?  What was your most significant experience while in service?  When were you most afraid?

2.  Did one of your deployments change you?

3.  What do the words, "Duty Concept" mean to you?

4.  Was your "world view" changed by your service?

5.  What did you miss the most after leaving the service?

6.  Comment on the phrase, "There are no atheists in a foxhole."

7.  On Chaplains:

     a.  What influence did military chaplains have, positive or negative, on you while you were in basic and advanced training?

     b.  How about in a war zone, in the field or in garrison/on the flight line/onboard ship?  

     c.  Or perhaps there was an individual or individuals other than chaplains who influenced you religiously?

     d.  Did you come out of your war with more or less religious beliefs?  Why? What has changed since?

     e.  Comment on:  "When I was not faithful to God, He was still faithful to me."

     f.   If you had a do over, would you serve again?    

Growing the Veterans Patrol & Establishing Culture of Group

     Defining the "what" - mission and the core values, objectives and modules -- led to the "how" for conducting the meetings. Notionally, each meeting will contain:

  • Welcome
  • Newcomers are introduced -- "Welcome Home"
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Opening Prayer
  • Brief presentation of newcomer's military journey
  • Introduction and discussion of the module topic for the evening plus discourse on King David as a Warrior.
  • Wrap up and inquiry of needs among the patrol.
  • Closing:  GO IN PEACE

     Other considerations . . .

      For PTSD Support the Patrol provides a good reference, LZ Hope, by Jim Phillips.

          No partisan politics, theological debates.