The OIF/OEF Soldiers in Arms Support Group is run by two chaplains whose credibility with soldiers comes from hard experience.

Capt. Glenn Palmer served twice in Iraq with the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment out of Fort Riley, Kan.

Palmer was hit by roadside bombs five times during his tour. He carried the bodies of the soldiers he once advised.

When he returned, he asked soldiers not to slam doors. He angered easily, as most do when they come back to the everyday world. It still pops up sometimes, but it does not consume him.

“I’ve learned to visit that feeling,” Palmer said. “It doesn’t hurt me anymore.”

Maj. Leo Mora served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and Afghanistan. He saw people at their best and at depths so low he even grappled with his own spirituality.

As a trained family life counselor, he has seen soldiers with PTSD make things worse through self-medication and nondisclosure.

“It has to vent somewhere,” Mora said.

The chaplains provide the group as one part of that venting and healing process, they say. They also encourage individual mental and spiritual therapy for those in need.

The OIF/OEF Soldiers in Arms Support Group meets Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. on Yongsan Garrison. For information, call Palmer at 010-9145-5496.

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