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    New Documentary Offers a Peek into the Triumphs and Struggles of Muslim Chaplains in US Military

    New Documentary Offers a Peek into the Triumphs and Struggles of Muslim Chaplains in US Military

    The woman refused to sell Captain Saleha Jabeen a hijab to don with her uniform. While many civilian Muslims tell Jabeen she makes them proud, others are horrified by her decision to serve. “You're gonna go kill Muslims,” the store owner told her that day.

    Major Rafael Lantigua Jr. has experienced the flip side of that struggle. Angered by an attack on U.S. troops in , a fellow service member once barked at Lantigua: “Why can't you call your people and tell them to stop?”

    The words stung. Just as Jabeen thought the woman saw her as a bad Muslim, Lantigua felt the implication of the outburst directed at him was: You don't belong. (The service member later apologized).

    In the years since, Jabeen and Lantigua have become part of the small group of Muslim military chaplains who tend to the souls and spirits of U.S. troops of all faiths and no faith — their work highlighted in a film that offers a peek into their worlds. Among other duties, they give talks on suicide prevention, provide counsel on relationships, and advise commanders on matters of religion and morale. When the going gets tough, they offer comfort, hope and companionship.

    They sometimes break barriers and celebrate milestones, like Jabeen becoming the first female Muslim military chaplain a few years ago. At other times, they navigate tensions stemming from the views some have of their faith or their service when those get…

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