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Midmorning: Ministry in a war zone and Michael Ciresi

Posted at 7:17 AM on March 6, 2007 by Bill Wareham

A shortage of military chaplains is adding an additional strain on members and family of the Army National Guard. At 9 a.m., one chaplin who has served in Iraq discusses support systems needed for spiritual health. Kerri Miller's guest is John Morris, a chaplain major currently serving the Minnesota Army National Guard and co-creator of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a program that serves to reintegrate National Guard members into society. He is also a veteran of the Iraq war.

At 10 a.m., Kerri's guest is Michael Ciresi, who has announced he's strongly considering running for U.S. Senate in 2008. The Democrats already have an announced candidate for the nomination, former Air America host Al Franken. Ciresi was an attorney in case of State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota v. Philip Morris Incorporated. He is a partner in the law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi where he serves as chairman of the executive board.