Lutheran Military Support Group is honored to host a
” Combat Veteran Spiritual R&R”
May 4-6 2018 at Camp Phillip-Wautoma, Wisconsin.
The wounds of war run deep; especially the ones unseen, in the heart and mind. The bonds forged in battle cannot be broken. Guilt is real and relentless. Christian warriors come together to hear God’s grace and mercy that binds what is broken, heals what hurts, and destroys the spiritual enemy.
For Whom: This retreat is intended for and open to WELS/ELS veterans since 1991, men and women who have post-traumatic stress related to their service. This retreat is only for veterans. No spouses or family for this retreat.
Cost: There is NO COST to the participants. All expenses are covered by LMSG (Lutheran Military support Group). You will need to bring your own linens (bedding, towels, sleeping bags) and toiletries.
Register by filling out the registration form below or by contacting Rev. Jason Hacker 262-547-3688 or email. Registration is limited. A waiting list will be established if necessary.
Fellowship – This will give an opportunity to share experience to fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus who have experienced similar circumstance and who share the unseen wounds of war on the heart and soul. God loves it when his people come together and promises to be with his people when they come together.
The Spiritual Life of the Warrior – Discussion will allow participants to share their experiences and the spiritual dimension of enduring PTS will be the primary focus. God will speak to us in his word as we work to gain a better understanding of what it means to be God’s servant and his sword serving in the military. We will study portions of Luther’s great treatise “Can a Christian Be a Soldier.” Time will be devoted to focus on your relationship with your congregational family.
Worship — There will be devotions led by our National Chaplain and one of our WELS Civilian Chaplains. Major worship will feature a service of Confession and Absolution, in which we will be reminded of the great truths of forgiveness learned in the Catechism. For those who remain until Sunday, the morning worship for Camp Phillip will be led by our group and will celebrate the Sacrament of the Altar.
6:00pm-8:00pm Arrive at Camp Phillip settle into accommodations
7:00pm-8:00pm Cookout Dinner
8:30pm Opening Worship
9:30pm Welcome/Activity/ Fellowship
9:00am-12:00n Study and Discussion
12:00n-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm-5:00pm Study and Discussion
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Divine Service with Sacrament
Recognizing family needs, participants can head off for home at the end of Saturday.
R & R LEADERS
Erhard Opsahl is a retired Army colonel who belongs to a WELS congregation near Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Northwestern Prep and Northwestern College in Watertown. Opsahl possesses a PhD in medieval history from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, and has taught a dozen years at Watertown Luther Prep. During Vietnam, Opsahl spent a year in an infantry battalion. Subsequently, he was stationed for 12 ½ years in the Pentagon, all but four in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has been diagnosed with PTS and received a disability rating from the VA. Currently, “Erik” Opsahl is the president of the Lutheran Military Support Group.
Rev. Paul Ziemer is a charter member of LMSG. He serves as the WELS National Civilian Chaplain. He began his ministry in 1970 at Norfolk, VA, and quickly was asked by WELS Military Services to serve all military installations in southern Virginia and in the entire state of North Carolina. In 2006, he accepted the call to serve as the first WELS National Civilian Chaplain. He has three areas of responsibilities: (a) To oversee ministry to deployed troops; (b) To support, encourage, and enable the 125 WELS Military Contact Pastors scattered across America; and, (c) To serve as the WELS liaison to the U.S. Armed Forces. He has made four trips to serve troops in the war zones of the Middle East. He serves as an adjunct professor of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, where he teaches two online courses related to chaplain
Philip Moore enlisted in the Army in July 1967. After Basic and AIT, he served as a Chaplain’s Assistant at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. He then entered and graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. After six months as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader at Fort Carson, CO, he returned to Ft Benning and then went to Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 1st Infantry Division. He was wounded after three months and served the remainder of the year in various liaison positions. He received a permanent 100%disability rating from the VA for PTS and a 60% rating for his wounds.
Paul Wolfgramm enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in the Summer of 2005. He was activated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Fall 2010 and served as a riflemen in Fox Company 2nd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment. Paul now works as a building inspector for the City of Milwaukee. Currently, Wolfgramm is a liaison of the Lutheran Military Support Group to his home church.
Denny Behr was drafted by the Army in the spring of 1965, enlisted US Navy that fall, ordered to WWII aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CVS-18). Applied and selected for Naval Air Crew Training in the Hunter, Tracker, Killer sub-hunter aircraft (S-2). As radar operator flew Cold War carrier based submarine patrol missions over Atlantic and Mediterranean in ’60’s. Transferred to land-based maritime patrol squadron and continued flying submarine patrols over Pacific in ’70’s. Selected for chief 1982, field promoted to Command Master Chief in 1998, retired May, 1999 as Command Master Chief, reserves forces nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN-69).
Rev. Jason C. Hacker is the only civilian director of the Lutheran Military Support Group. His ministry includes teaching religion at Martin Luther College, serving Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michigan and currently serves at Grace Lutheran Church, Waukesha, WI. He has served as Civilian Chaplain/Military Contact Pastor for the United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and currently serves the same role for USCG Sector Lake Michigan HQ and Station Milwaukee and the 128th Refueling Wing, WIANG. He also serves on the Wisconsin Synod Commission on Worship.
Camp Phillip is a year round confessional Lutheran camp situated on over 120 acres near Wautoma, Wisconsin. It serves as a retreat location for conferences and congregations and provides several summer camps for children of all ages. It is located at W9944 Buttercup Avenue, Wautoma, WI 54982 .