BTS Alum Book, Death Letter, to Become a Movie
David W. Peters enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after his high school graduation. After his enlistment, he attended Biblical Seminary where he graduated in 2002 with his Master of Divinity degree. He then worked as a youth minister. Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was commissioned as a chaplain in the US Army.
He served as the battalion chaplain for the 62nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) at Fort Hood, Texas, 2004-2007, which included his deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, orthopedic, neuroscience, and psychological wards at Walter Reed.
His essay, "A Spiritual War: Crises of Faith in Combat Chaplains from Iraq and Afghanistan" was included in the volume titled *Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2014). David has written for the Huffington Post and is a priest in The Episcopal Church. He lives with his wife in Austin, TX.
Written in the dark days immediately following former Army chaplain David W. Peters' deployment to Iraq, Death Letter is part memoir, part comic lament, on his relationship with the three great subjects of our mythic imagination. The book has been met with rave reviews from those who have read it:
"This book is brutally honest and savagely funny. I was laughing while I cringed. Or cried."
"This book is beautifully written. The author takes blocks of incomprehensible, painful, tragic, and intensely private events and uses them to build not a wall around himself but a path to the reader and perhaps to other things."
A feature film based upon David's critically acclaimed words is in production.
Do You Want to Learn How to Help Military Personal Dealing with Trauma?
On August 28th and 29th BTS is hosting a class entitled "Trauma and the Military" where Senior Chaplain Colonel Dean Bonura, DMin, will examine many spiritual symptoms of PTSD and explore the spiritual remedies that address them by using the tenets of Christian spirituality. The course also addresses other trauma experienced in the military such as sexual assault.