Men and women returning from combat often feel isolated by their experiences when they return home. Family and friends can be confused about how to reach out or help their loved ones as they deal with the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental burdens they bear.

Sacred Heart Parish is hosting a special gathering for these veterans and their spouses, with childcare provided, on Saturday, April 25, from 9 to 11 am at 655 C Avenue in Coronado.

“Our conversation will evolve around the challenges and stresses of military service, for both active duty members and their families. We’ll also explore how we might support our military within the faith community as we discuss the spiritual struggles that often accompany the military experience,” says Dorothy Hulburt, Sacred Heart’s director of catechetical ministries.

The gathering will be facilitated by Dr. Amy Amidon, who has specialized in the field of combat trauma as a licensed clinical psychologist. She will be joined by an active duty catholic chaplain on the USS Ronald Reagan, LCDR William Dorwart; retired naval catholic chaplain, Msgr. Bob Ecker; and retired naval commander and deacon at Sacred Heart, Frank Osgood.

For more information, call 619.435.3167, x 302 or email

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