Mercy Jefferson hosts presentation on serving veterans

May 2, 2018

The transition from military to civilian life and the community’s interaction with veterans are among the topics for a Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Pastoral Care Department at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.

Guest speaker Winda Lovett will present “Saving Sergeant Lovett” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in Conference Room B at Mercy Jefferson. Lovett has served as a chaplain for Little Rock Veterans Affairs Healthcare Systems since 2012.

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The daughter of a 23-year US Army career father, Winda Lovett holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and a master’s in counseling and divinity.

The program will focus on how military culture affects families, supportive care for veterans, and the potential for clashes between military and civilian cultures. Other topics will include:

* Common combat and military service-related health concerns

* The challenges of readjusting to civilian life

* Pastoral care for veterans and their families

* Working with VA and community health care professionals

* Building a network of community support for military members, Veterans and their families

Attendees will discover available veteran resources that anyone can access and additional community support strategies.

The daughter of a 23-year US Army career father, Lovett holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and a master’s in counseling and divinity. Her father served in World War II and Korea. Her brother served the US Army for 26 years with tours in Vietnam and the Gulf War. She has also served as a pastor, a teacher, and a university resident director.

“This project combines understanding of military culture with the provision of resources to assist in holistic health care,” Lovett said. “I am personally passionate about it because it offers knowledge about the invisible wounds of war and why families are affected as well as veterans.”

The presentation is open to the community with special emphasis for spiritual care providers.

To register for the lunch and learn program go to www.mercy.net/MilitaryLunch. For more information call 636-933-5799 or email richard.hadley@mercy.net.   

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