Military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in virus outbreak

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Fort Bragg (Photo: WTVD)

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — For the chaplains serving the storied Green Berets of Fort Bragg’s 3rd Special Forces Group, ministry is all about in-person connections.

Trust is earned by training and deploying alongside soldiers who leave their families time after time for Afghanistan, Syria and other hot spots. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, many soldiers are spending more time at home, forcing chaplains to get creative with their outreach.

They’ve turned to virtual messages and Facebook Live sermons to preach about patience and hope during a time when stress is elevated.