FORT BRAGG, NC -- Fort Bragg Chaplains and their assistants gathered at the newly constructed 82nd Airborne Division "All-American Chapel," Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a presentation marking the mid-point of a week-long block of training.

"The Spiritual Health, Spiritual Healing, Spiritual Growth Training and Readiness Event," was sponsored by the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Chaplain's Office.

Focusing on theology as it pertains to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the presentation was given by guest lecturers and married couple, Edward Tick, Ph.D., and author of "War and the Soul," and Kate Dahlstedt, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Co-Director of "Soldier's Heart," a non-profit organization she and Tick developed, dedicated to assisting veterans, their families, and communities.

"Our Chaplains are extraordinarily devoted to God, and country, and excellent service," said Tick, "The feedback I've received, is that our presentations help to fill-in the missing parts of understanding 'the Warrior' spiritually, through their deployments and their service."

Chaplain (Col.) Mike Lembke, FORSCOM's command chaplain, called Tick and Dahlstedt, the "centerpiece" of the week's training. "They bring a unique and complimentary perspective to the larger behavioral and health considerations of our Soldiers and their families, after ten years at war," he said.

The Wednesday lecture was the first event held in the All-American Chapel since its completion.