Veteran uses Bible to help PTSD sufferers

Published on Sunday, 8 October 2017 22:40
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE – Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Major Douglas Carragher visited First Bible Baptist Church Sunday, to share how he help veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder through answers in scripture.

Carragher served in the U.S. Army from 1978 to 2004 and, for the past four years, he has been working with Armed Forces Baptist Missions, which he is the current director of, to reach out to fellow veterans.

“Everything began for me four years ago when I had about a dozen military people I was working with and trying was trying to bring them comfort,” said Carragher. “Eventually, I put everything together into a book, ‘Wounded Spirits-A Biblical Approach to Dealing with the Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’, which has since sold very well.

Sunday was Carragher’s first visit to First Bible Baptist Church. Recently, he spoke at a New England-wide conference in New Hampshire at The Wilds of New England and soon he will be traveling to Las Vegas to speak with survivors of the recent mass shooting.

“40 percent of the victims of the shooting were veterans,” said Carragher. “I remember when I first heard the news and I was absolutely stunned.”

Carragher said that one of the biggest problems facing those suffering from PTSD is suicidal thoughts. One of the Biblical passages that he directs those with such thoughts to is Ecclesiastes 7:17, which reads: “Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time?”

“I tell them that God has a plan for their whole life and ask why they would want to cut short their time,” he said. “Some of them are young men and women who were abused as children, others had been through accidents and others had experienced traumatic life events.”

Carragher estimates that he has helped about 2,000 veterans through his work with Armed Forces Baptist Missions and his book. Armed Forces Baptist Missions consists of 15 volunteers nation-wide, which work with 40 church groups. Armed Forces Baptist Missions, formerly known as Servicemen for Christ Baptist Missions, was founded in 1964 in Norfolk, VA.

For more information on Douglas Carragher, visit dougcarragher.com, email director@afbmissions.com or call 757-488-1799.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Sunday, 8 October 2017 22:40. Updated: Sunday, 8 October 2017 22:43.