veterans PTSD en Ala Promoting Ministry to Veterans <p>The state of Alabama is promoting the idea of using faith-based ministries to help military veterans.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service is joining other groups in sponsoring a seminar to help pastors, clergy and other faith leaders reach out to veterans.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Alabama has more than 400,000 veterans, and at least 4,000 of them are affected by post-traumatic stress syndrome. As many as 5 percent of them are believed to be contemplating suicide.<br> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:26:48 +0000 The Associated Press 34450 at Ala Promoting Ministry to Veterans VA Helping Ala Clergy Learn About PTSD <P>The federal government is helping Alabama pastors learn how to assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.</P> <DIV> <P>The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is Tuscaloosa is offering a seminar this week to educate pastors, priests and other church leaders about PTSD and depression.</P> <P>VA chaplain John Bailey says research shows that almost half of veterans will turn to a member of the clergy first before they seek out a mental health provider.</P> <P>Bailey says the agency is trying to help clergy members deal with issues affecting veterans. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:45:26 +0000 The Associated Press 27703 at VA Helping Ala Clergy Learn About PTSD