Military Chaplains Can Play a Role in Soldier's Daily Routine

By Brett Martin |

Published 03/27 2014 07:16AM

Updated 03/27 2014 08:04AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Army’s top Chaplain was in Springfield and spoke to potential new chaplains at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary on Wednesday.

KOLR10's Brett Martin spoke to the Chief Chaplain, Don Rutherford, to find out how they help soldiers before and after they serve their duty.

Soldiers face many obstacles during and after their service especially when it comes to getting back into a daily routine, but the military does offer Chaplains to work with the soldier and their family.

Rutherford says the Army provides Chaplains to work in their home, with their family and allows an outlet from the action.

"We work with them before, we have a chaplain who is in the rear with their families, helping them at the time of the deployments and also we have chaplains that are with them when they are forward."

AGTS President Byron Klaus says its important to offer someone they can work with, especially if they suffer from hardships like PTSD. 

Evangel University and AGTS provide the Army with hundreds of chaplains, more than any other seminary in the country.

Klaus says having someone inside and outside of the action can make a difference when they are trying to get their life back to normal.

"I think we have seen in the last number of years, particularly being in a state of war, that the spiritual needs of not only those who are in harms way but also their families here at home."

Currently, more than a hundred chaplains are serving the Army and 32 candidates are enrolled now. 

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