I’ve seen all of what you explain. Religious abuse is so so terrible! I HATE seeing it! I’m sorry if this hits home for you. I wish I could help more.
Obviously, reading a robotic script, and encouraging a war weary soldier to squeeze a ball and take some breaths is an ineffective approach.
For those who have been abused by the system, sometimes their only hope is to call on the Helper. God promises that those who call on His Name will be saved. He also promises that He will never leave you or forsake you. The Helper wants you to LIVE not DIE. Holy Spirit=Helper.=“symmetry breaker.” (Dr. M.G.).
How’s this for an idea:
An ARMY of Christian volunteers on phones for the VA to encourage soldiers and pray with them. Give the soldier a choice:
- Would you like to talk to a licensed psychological counselor
- Chaplain former military
- Volunteer, non-licensed, non-denominational christian?
No crazy denominations please (i.e. WICCANS need not apply). Just good ole fashion bible-believin Christians talking to soldiers about peace of mind. No pushing anything, just being Christians on the phones/skype to those who are hurting.
I have seen this work effectively on a small scale - beautiful to be more specific. It is a beautiful system of support and encouragement that Christians offer to those who are scared, lonely, downtrodden, or just not thinking straight and needing a little direction.