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Warrior’s Journey Home Welcomes You

Our mission is to provide spiritual healing and soul repair of the invisible wounds for veterans, families and the community. It takes a community to heal the invisible, moral injuries and wounds of war.

Who We Are

The Warriors’ Journey Home (WJH) is a non-profit (501c3) organization. We welcome veterans who served, along with their family members and friends who want to participate, in welcoming the veterans home. We are a non-political, non-sectarian ministry.

What We Offer

Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry is dedicated to support and assist our veterans, their families and our society during their military service and their return home.

We offer a safe place for:

  • Support
  • Education
  • Healing
  • Reconciliation
  • Networking
  • Retreats

Upcoming Events

Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Medina Congregational Church, UCC
Come to this healing concert that is a remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce. You will be invited to sing, to pray, and to let go of grief and anxiety. This event is part ceremony[...]
Jan 4 – Jan 7 all-day Country Inn & Suites
Schedule: Thursday, January 4 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Welcome Review of the Training and Introduction of the Healing Model Friday, January 5 9:00 a.m. Opening session – Understanding the Veteran’s Journey Home – The Soul[...]
Mar 7 all-day Guys Party Center
More info coming soon …

How We Serve

The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Tenderness contains an element of sadness. It is not the sadness of feeling sorry for yourself or feeling deprived, but it is a natural situation of fullness. You feel so full and rich as if you are about to shed tears. Our eyes are full of tears and the moment you blink, the tears will spill out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks. In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad tender heart. If a person does not feel alone and sad, they cannot be a good warrior. (Trungpa)

The Warrior's Path

The Warrior’s Path is a life-long journey and positive change of life style. The warrior’s path is disciplined, caring, honorable, courageous, sacrificial, and distinguished. Veterans returning from active duty need the initiatory experience of transition from veteran to warrior and from the military to civilian life. Historically, this life transition was originally accomplished through the community, the guidance of elders, and ritual ceremony.

Service of Healing

The weekly or bi-weekly meetings of WJH are called “Healing Circle”.  The Healing Circle is designed around the culture of the host organization. Some may use Native American ceremony while others use traditional religious practices. The common factor is the unique experience of the veteran and their family expressed through a sacred ritual through reconciliation and spiritual ceremonies. WHJ is a non-political, non-sectarian group.

Education

The spiritual work or service of our Education efforts are sensitive to the needs and issues of civilians, care providers, faith communities, businesses, schools and courts. We offer Palliative Care to those in need of spiritual healing the indivisible/moral injuries, wounds of war.

Support

WJH provides three essential elements for a person to be well:  Community, Healing, and Ritual. The Healing Circles provide the safe ‘container’ for veterans and People of Strong Heart (civilians) to tell their story, listened to with a compassionate heart, and offer the soul healing necessary for wellness. Each Healing Circle adapts their ceremony to the needs of the individuals within the Healing Circle.

Network

Warriors’ Journey Home is allied with:

  • Valor Home – Akron, OH
  • Freedom House – Kent OH
  • Stark Vets – Canton, OH
  • Ohio ISFAC
  • Wheels 4 Change – Akron, OH
  • US Veterans’ Association
  • Soldier’s Heart – Albany, NY
  • Core Vietnam – Jefferson, ME
  • The Vet Art Project – Calabasas, CA

Books

by John M. Schluep, D. Min.

Soul’s Cry

Soul’s Cry is a primer that provides insight on how to deal with the safe return our veteran’s require to relinquish the suffering brought about by the invisible wounds of war…

Healing the Soul’s Wound: A Heart & Soul Liturgy

Healing The Soul’s Wound: A Heart & Soul Liturgy, is an answer to a frequently asked question by clergy charged with the task of leading worship: “How do I write a service of worship for Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day honoring the veteran for their service and remain religious without becoming nationalistic?”

Healing Circles – Join Us

We focus on the unseen wounds of war of military service – the moral injury and/or the soul wound. The Healing Circles empower participants to enter in a place of sacred intention. Healing begins with honest and open dialog, speaking truths of their experiences. Join one of our existing circles, or find out how to start one near you …

Tallmadge, OH

Akron, OH

Wooster, OH

Berea, OH

Frederick, MD

Columbia, MS

Bainbridge, OH

Perkasie, PA

Recent Blog Posts …

Rethinking Veterans Day

Rethinking Veterans Day: A better way to articulate love of neighbors with military service By Connie Larkman Three ministers with military ties, noting the upcoming Nov. 11 holiday, are encouraging congregations to 'Rethink Veterans Day,' and find ways as a faith...

Signs of the Spirit

By Andy Mull As I have grown in age and in faith I seem to see spiritual signs in my life more frequently than I used to. Considering some of the experiences that I have survived, I attribute this to heightened spiritual perceptiveness rather than a heightened level...

Veterans from Both Sides

Listen to the poems being read, poems being read by Vietnamese women speaking of lost fathers, husbands, and children. Listen to the poems being read, poems being read by Vietnamese men, soldiers who lost loved comrades, soldiers who traveled the Ho Chi Minh trail,...

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By Tom Saal The doctor at the military hospital in Japan was obviously (please check): [  ]  1) Tired [  ]  2) too busy and overworked [  ]  3) impatient [  ]  4) uncaring [X]  all of the above The soldier was (please check): [  ]  1) seriously wounded from a land...

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By Tom Saal "Go ahead, shoot him!" And they did. Bang! Bang! Bang! Three shots rang out, And two hundred yards across the paddy dikes the once alive man, slumped, dropped to his knees and feel dead. "Go get the body," and three of my men did. Later, not long but after...

Nameless Woman

By Tom Saal I remember seeing you with your long, black hair as if it were yesterday. You were standing there waiting for me the next morning. Waiting for me to enter what was left of your village. We had split up, paired up, my men and I, and we had made friends with...

The Clearing Round

The Clearing Round Honor Flight – First Musings By David Hammer Just before midnight on July 4, my son drove me from our Columbia home to the Marriott, where 108 other veterans and I would meet our hosts and guardians for the 47th Central Missouri Honor Flight....

Memories

By Tom Saal It's been a long time, almost forty years, Dark nights followed by even darker days Jack, Tom, Henry, Bill, John, Each gone. Their faces forever etched in the mirrors of my mind. It's been a long time. Jack, whose life ended with the explosion of a land...

Living Room Yoga / Language of the Dog

My wife is practicing yoga in our living room, a bare chested, beautiful man, Rodney Yee, directing her every move, on the flat screen TV. A down dog, then, exhale. Push up, upward dog. Jump into a squat. Strongly flex your feet. Open your chest. His yoga mat is...

Strong Hearts

By Cindy Gonzalez We are given the name "Strong Hearts" Welcoming them back Gently Like bringing a newborn into the world Carefully Wrapping them in our love Like a mother swaddling her baby Warmth Strong Hearts We listen To the cries of guilt that summoned their...