A Navy SEAL team member with 15 years of experience is referred to a Chaplain while deployed in South Korea as a way to help deal with his severe PTSD. The SEAL had done multiple tours to Afghanistan and became emotionally shut down after losing some friends on those deployments. His experiences were taking a toll on his family, and the man was starting to consider harming himself.
The Chaplain was able to work with the SEAL and his family to help get the man back to the United States and into an assistance program. Last, the Chaplain heard, the man was alright and on the road to recovery.
Chaplain Maj. Kenneth M. DeVoie, the new Wing Chaplain at the 104th Fighter Wing, told the story of this real-world experience from his recently completed year-long deployment as the Command Chaplain to Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR) headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. He returned to the 104th FW more capable and equipped to help support the mission at home.