Captain Pratima Dharm
Forty-five year old Chaplain Pratima Dharm earned her commission in the United States Army in 2006 and in 2008 was selected for the Army's Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) while serving in Iraq. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Chaplain Dharm is also the first female chaplain of Indian descent in the United States Army. She does not carry a gun and admits she has never fired a shot. Chaplain Dharm firmly believes that her defense is God. She goes where the soldiers go, offering spiritual guidance and strength to all, regardless of their individual faith or beliefs. Chaplain Dharm is currently posted at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D. C., working with wounded soldiers. Her dedication to those she serves is an inspiration to the members of our military and individuals around the world.