Warrior Family Ministries was founded by Jay and Brenda Swartz in 2013. At first it was a desire to assist our military, Veterans and their families in understanding the effects of P.T.S.D. and how to live with it, keeping the family unit together. This has grown into a valuable resource for active duty, Veterans, their families and some of our First Responders.
As a medically retired Combat Engineer in the US Army, the Swartz family lived this life. Jay was a Sergeant First Class, Platoon Leader when he was injured while deployed in Ramadi, Iraq. This attack earned him a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. It also ended his 13 year career.
While Jay was active duty military, Brenda served their Army community as the Youth Minister to the base and the Family Readiness Leader which later she helped develop this position to the current GS job used military wide. During Jay’s second deployment to Ramadi, she served as the Family Readiness Support Assistant to the Rear Commander. Part of this job included notifications and Memorial Service coordination. She is still a sought out resource for families and soldiers across the world and teaches both military and civilians on understanding and living with TBI’s and P.T.S.D. among some of the topics.
Returning to their hometown Wilmington, they began learning how to live with a traumatic brain injury, P.T.S.D. and being a civilian. After getting settled they realized the need to continue to be that resource to our men and women who serve and have served. They became an active part in various Veterans’ groups in New Hanover County, serving as the interim Chaplain to the Veteran’s Council for the 2015 year.