As a chaplain at Naval Station Norfolk, the worlds largest Naval Station, Lt. Sharon Wheaton helps military families find the strength and skills needed to navigate stressful lives. Chaplain Wheaton completed PAIRS Professional Training at the Hampton VA Medical Center in September to bring evidence-based, relationship skills classes to the Sailors, Marines and Coasties she serves.
"Marriage and Relationship Education builds a resiliency in a couple that means they are more able to face the inevitable crises that come their way," says Navy Chaplain Len Driskell, who serves more than 2,000 active duty and reserve Coast Guardsmen, their families, and the civilians who work alongside them as the Sector Charleston and Sector Jacksonville Chaplain.
PAIRS VA Marriage Retreats are today helping thousands of Veteran couples restore love, intimacy and trust through programs offered by many of the 300 VA Chaplains and Behavioral Health professionals trained by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation.
Hampton VA Chief of Chaplains Sue Cross encourages her staff to have dreams and works to give them resources to be successful. She says PAIRS training helped her communicate when she needs support and encouragement.
Seth Eisenberg had a front row seat to the birth of marriage and relationship education. In an "I am ME" feature, he talks about early inspirations, challenges facing couples, and qualities for which he'd most like to be admired.
Susan Smith, founder of Muslim Family Matters, says relationship skills training helped her become more open, accepting and appreciative. As a marriage and relationship educator, she's today helping other Muslim families learn skills to strengthen their relationships with each other.
For Kirk Johnson, skills training is the foundation for understanding and navigating matters of the heart. Widely known as "Mr. Matters," Kirk teaches relationship skills daily to a worldwide audience through "Matters of the Heart" radio broadcasts from The Bahamas.