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Clergy training for military personnel will offer resources on helping veterans

November 16, 2015 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Pastor Gilford Monrose, director of the Borough President’s Office of Clergy and Faith-Based Initiatives. Eagle file photo by Francesca N. Tate
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Resources are available through the Borough President’s Office for clergy and chaplains who serve the military and veterans.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ Office of Clergy and Faith-Based Initiatives is offering a Veterans Educational Training Conference for Clergy and Chaplains this Wednesday, Nov. 18. The conference is sponsored in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Brooklyn Community Recovery Center. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St.

The goal of the conference is to assist clergy who are often at the frontlines with military personnel and veterans, so that they can “learn to recognize the hidden spiritual and emotional pain war may leave on the soul.” Resources will be available to assist clergy who are helping military personnel and their families make the transition from deployment to civilian life. Clergy will learn the procedures for referring veterans to the VA hospital or to the local office of Veterans Affairs. Information will also be available on the benefits to which veterans may be entitled.

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Clergy wishing to attend this training may RSVP via phone or email: 718-802-4875; [email protected].

Pastor Gilford Monrose is the director of the Borough President’s Office of Clergy and Faith-Based Initiatives. Since the inception of this program, Monrose and the Borough President have sponsored many programs, including a Habitat for Humanity Breakfast and several workshops on real estate and finance for clergy and congregations. They have also responded to recent crises on local and national levels. They have continued traditions from past Borough President Marty Markowitz, including the annual Iftar for the Muslim community and the annual Interfaith Clergy Breakfast that takes place each December.

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