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Dr. John P. Oliver

Chief, Chaplain Service

Department of Veterans Affairs

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Department of Veterans Affairs

810 Vermont Ave NW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20420

United States

Company Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established on March 15, 1989, succeeding the Veterans Administration. It is responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their families. Headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA is the seco ... more

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Employment History


National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains

Secretary and Manager

McPherson Media Pty Ltd

Chief of Chaplain Services and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor

VA Medical Center


Chaplain and Trustee
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

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Forty-four percent of veterans return to ... [cached]

Forty-four percent of veterans return to rural areas, often far from VA services, according John Oliver, chief of chaplain services at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham.

"We have research that shows that people are four or five times more likely to go to their pastors than to go to all other mental health providers, combined, when they have a problem," said the Durham VA's John Oliver.
"It's easy to get in, easy to talk to somebody, they don't have trouble with the parking lot, you don't have to pay… access is a big issue," Oliver said.
VA Chaplain John Oliver makes a point at a training for rural pastors sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, last week.
VA Chaplain John Oliver makes a point at a training for rural pastors sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, last week.
Oliver also said pastors often know the veterans in their communities and they know their families.
"Especially for African Americans. They're much more likely to go to their pastor than a mental health provider and it's even higher still for Asian Americans," Oliver said. "There's a cultural awareness that the pastor understands my culture and my situation, better than someone on the outside would."
Female relatives are another reason veterans end up in the parsonage, rather than a doctor's office.
"Their mother said, 'go see the pastor' and their grandmother said, 'go see the pastor' or their wife told them. Oliver said.
But the problem, Oliver said, is that many pastors are more highly trained in scripture and theology, but have only rudimentary training in counseling. His goal is to train the pastors to refer people who are experiencing continuing distress to VA facilities for further help.
"They're always the pastor, they're not the psychologist," Oliver said.
Oliver uses the training to give pastors without military experience an idea of what it's like to come back after having experienced trauma. In one exercise, he stands pastors in circles, and has them hand around a ball of yarn after talking about something that helps them cope with stress. Before long the pastors weave a taut web.
Oliver asks each group what happens if they can no longer do the thing that helps them to cope, whether it be pray, walk in the woods, or talk to their best friend who may have been killed by an explosion. Then he cuts the web apart.
"This is what happens when someone experiences trauma," Oliver said.
"The best predictor of someone doing well after coming home is having a solid community behind them," Oliver said.

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Rev. John P. Oliver, Chief, Chaplain Service, Department of Veterans Affairs

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John Oliver; Association For Clinical Pastoral Education Representative

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Sr Minister: John Oliver

5015 Mustang Ave
Rosenberg, TX 77471

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On their journey a messenger announced to Oliver that he had been chosen president of Magdalen, and Hammond accompanied him to Oxford, the king's headquarters.

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