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Guidance on Spiritual Support for Veterans Re-entering the Community Post-Incarceration


by Jenny Palmer, PhD, MS
Seminar date: 11/14/2022

Description: Using qualitative interviews, this project assessed views of Veterans and justice program staff on how VA should support spiritual wellness for re-entry Veterans and on the acceptability of delivering such support through a VA-based mobile phone application. Relying upon VA Whole Health’s definition, the presenters defined spiritual wellness as finding meaning or purpose in something (e.g., an entity or experience) larger than oneself. Interviews highlighted a need to strengthen and to expand spiritual supports for re-entry Veterans in a systematic way.

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