Julia Shreve is the chief chaplain at Fargo (N.D.) VA Health Care System.
“When I was growing up, my father would rarely talk about his experience as a medic during WWII. Near the end of his life, I sat with him and asked about his military experience. He opened up, sharing some of the horrors he experienced. I believe it helped both of us — for him to talk and for me to learn from him. We connected in a powerful way. That experience prepared me for working with veterans and serving for many years as a hospice chaplain.”