Meet the “Tactical Chaplain” who is a competitive powerlifter, man of God, and full-time police officer

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Linebacker. Competitive powerlifter. Police officer.

And the question is: What are three things not on a list for what anyone might envision as a chaplain?

But that’s exactly who Matt Domyancic is… and more.

He’s a man who’s worked patrol, SWAT, and as a full-time police academy instructor, a Wellness Coordinator for his agency – integrating sports nutrition, strength, and conditioning, stress management, combatives-and-scenario training regarding officers as tactical athletes – as well as collegiate strength coach at Yale and Georgetown Universities.

All while being a full-time police officer.

You might think Domyancic had enough on his plate and his resume, but he strived for more.

Not only has he enriched his life through academic education – achieving  his MS in Forensic Science (under Dr. Henry Lee) and Sport Psychology, he also fulfilled his quest for a spiritual education with a MA in Pastoral Theology.

Little did he know at the time how that spiritual training would guide him later.

Matt’s career in Law Enforcement abruptly ended eleven years ago with a devastating medical retirement. In an interview on the Blue Family Unity Show, Matt shared the emotional and physical challenges he faced.

So, here’s the thing. I have the tools, I’ve been a health nut my whole life – eating healthy since s6th/ 7th grade, working out. Nobody taught me, but I was already journaling on my own in high school.

I was dabbling in meditation in high school, but definitely when I got to college I eventually deep dived into meditation, into my spiritual and religious life.

I had mentors and elders and I had all kinds of tools in a whole lifetime of practicing self regulation/stress management/taking care of myself and seeking help and mentors.

Even then, with all the tools, a medical retirement – abruptly leaving the profession that you love, and your identity, and your fellowship, your community – was heartbreaking, on top of having a ton of medical issues.

So, yeah. Dark painful times and I don’t want to give it up. Like, you have a take home car, and a big department with all kinds of toys for swat, and I was going to get to, you know, continue as a Police Academy instructor but also do swat.

It was going to be like dream job – teach people how to lift and fight and shoot and go out  with your swat buddies. So, yeah. It was devastating.

Domyancic went on to explain the the failings of the administrative system in policing when it comes to medical retirements.

People don’t know how stressful [getting a medical retirement is] unless you end up needing a medical retirement or you need medical care through workers comp.

I mean, I just got back from a conference, Wounded Blue. You hear the stories. You can be shot in the head or run over as a cop, and you may not get a medical retirement – people don’t know that – or you may not get the surgeries you need in a prompt manner.

As if that isn’t disheartening enough, Matt details how detrimental actual care given to wounded officers really is.

I was on so many medications from these work comp doctors. Very much like the VA and other cops and firemen. You go and they’re gonna give you opiates, muscle relaxers, benzos, sleep meds, psych meds.

You know what this stuff is, and you’re a veteran, a cop or a fireman that’s trying to live healthy. And we’re supposed to be clearheaded, and all of the addictive, toxic prescription drugs are what they will give the first responders and our nation’s warriors.

Domyancic sought out the help of a DC area psychiatric who incorporated things like yoga, meditation physical therapy, and a nutritionist in her psychiatry office. Fortunately for him, his workers compensation allowed for it for a time.

Eventually, his doctor recommended he move far from DC and relocate to L.A., where the types of treatment he sought were more readily available. At first, he balked.

She called me in on a Saturday and said I want you to move to Los Angeles. She knew I wanted to do it more holistically, like she did in her office.

So, she said I want you to move to L.A., I don’t want you to hang out with jocks, cops, or military people because you need to learn to let go. I told her she was nuts. I said D.C. is crowded, expensive, horrible traffic, and extremely political… and you want me to move to Los Angeles? 

But I did and it worked out because I did find what’s called functional and integrative doctors.

Even as Matt healed both physically and emotionally, his love and passion for helping his brothers and sisters in Blue never diminished. Using his theology training and vast understanding of police life and psyche, he began volunteering as a chaplain and peer support for police agencies in Los Angeles, as well as for nonprofits that support police officers in crisis, as well as those that are injured and disabled.

Today, Matt Domyancic is known as the Tactical Chaplain, who work – which also includes speaking engagements and more –  is entirely volunteer.

If you would like to help Matt in his noble mission to better the lives of first responders across the country, visit his website HERE and consider donating, supporting or contributing.

If you’d like to help fight the “Defund the Police” agenda, consider donating to Law Enforcement Today’s national campaign: REfund the Police.

“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

Meet the "Tactical Chaplain" who is a competitive powerlifter, man of God, and full-time police officer
85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

Meet the "Tactical Chaplain" who is a competitive powerlifter, man of God, and full-time police officer
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

LET Unity

Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

Meet the "Tactical Chaplain" who is a competitive powerlifter, man of God, and full-time police officer
We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

Meet the "Tactical Chaplain" who is a competitive powerlifter, man of God, and full-time police officer
We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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