In May of 2011, Pratima Dharm became the U.S. Army’s first Hindu chaplainA chaplain is a member of the clergy who serves in a prison, a hospital, a college, or some other institution outside the context of the normal congregational life of a religious community.. Currently assigned to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Chaplain Capt. Dharm says she spends most of her time reaching across faiths ministering to ill and wounded service members. “Human dignity is the greatest gift you can give someone,” says Dharm, who, during the course of her career, has spent a year in Iraq on active duty. Born and raised in a Hindu family in India, Dharm first came to the U.S. in 2001. In 2006, she joined the military, which counts approximately 1,000 Hindus in its ranks.
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