Spiritual luncheon motivates families, wounded warriors, single Soldiers

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers, wounded warriors and families bow their heads in prayer during the 25th ID’s spiritual fitness luncheon, at the Main Post Chapel, Schofield Barracks, Sept. 19. (Courtesy of 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers, wounded warriors and families bow their heads in prayer during the 25th ID’s spiritual fitness luncheon, at the Main Post Chapel, Schofield Barracks, Sept. 19. (Courtesy of 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Daniel K. Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Infantry Division hosted a spiritual fitness luncheon for single Soldiers and wounded warriors at the main post chapel, here, Sept 19.

Chaplain (Col.) David Giammona, Pacific region chaplain, Installation Management Command, spoke about resiliency to motivate attendees to never give up.

“This program is for the Soldiers,” Giammona said, “to bring resiliency into their lives and into the lives of their families.”

More than 50 Soldiers, family members and friends were in attendance at the luncheon and were treated to a saxophone rendition of “Our God is an Awesome God” from Giammona.

“We want to make sure we encourage our Soldiers,” Giammona said. “Being wounded doesn’t have to be the end of their careers or goals.”

Events such as this one allow Soldiers to gather and share their experiences in a spiritual environment.

“I’m encouraged when I see Soldiers encouraged,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Koeman, chaplain, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.

Chaplains tailor these programs to help Soldiers achieve the next level of spiritual fitness, especially after being wounded or dealing with other struggles that occur regularly in the life of a Soldier, Giammona said.

It can be an encouraging and positive experience for Soldiers see that the Army has gone through the trouble to set up a luncheon like this one, and for high-ranking leadership to be there, Koeman said.

“It shows that you’re not just another body in the Army,” said Pvt. 1st Class Elissa Turcotte, 25th ID. “It shows that the Army really cares for its Soldiers. The event had a positive message. Giammona is real and speaks from his heart, and that appeals to people and gets them excited.”

Programs and luncheons, such as this one, are held regularly around post.

 

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