PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly: Chaplain Burnout

Posted by Kendall Harmon

LUCKY SEVERSON, correspondent: Chaplain Steven Rindahl served 15 months in Iraq. Now he’s the chaplain at the Fort Jackson hospital in South Carolina, which is also the headquarters of the Army’s Chaplain school. There are 2900 full and part-time chaplains, and many have served at least one tour of duty in a combat zone, and, like Chaplain Rindahl, been haunted by the experience.

CHAPLAIN RINDAHL: We have 17 of our soldiers killed and one of our contracted interpreters, and I did not keep count of how many traumatic amputations and other wounds that caused our people to be evacuated from theater.

SEVERSON: It was his fellow chaplains who took him aside and told him that he was suffering from what has become known as “compassion fatigue.”

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Posted November 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

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1. AnglicanFirst wrote:

Its not just chaplains who are affected by this.

Anyone with command responsibility for combat soldiers/Marines/navymen whether he is an officer or a senior NCO/PO is affected by this in combat.

November 13, 8:53 pm | [comment link]


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