Tuesday, December 13, 2011

First Hindu chaplain in US military is 'groundbreaking'

First Hindu chaplain in US military is 'groundbreaking'
11 December 2011
Last updated at 19:52 ET
BBC News

[video available at BBC.CO.UK]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16099481


Returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan often struggle with
readjusting to civilian life, health issues, and guilt.

Until recently, the 1,000 or so Hindus serving in the US military - and
their families - lacked a military confidant who understood their religion
and culture.

But now Captain Pratima Dharm has been appointed as the US military's first
Hindu chaplain.
She says her position is significant not just to her military congregation,
but also to the religion's one billion global followers.

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