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Welcome all VFW Chaplains


What is a Chaplain?

Chaplains are our nation's comrade veterans who minister to our nation's sons and daughters, and their families. Like any chaplain or minister, they must provide a dynamic and genuine ministry with a shepherd's heart.  Whether leading worship, visiting a hospital, conducting a final farewell to our comrades, or even answering a phone call just to talk, Chaplains are always at the frontline of our veterans' lives.

Chaplains serve both God and country by bringing their unique gifts with which they are endowed by God, to the veterans of our nation in the broad, challenging, diverse, and ever changing environment.

Courtesy of Reverend Tom Darling (Past VFW National Chaplain)

BEING A CHAPLAIN

You were elected or appointed to the office of Post/District Chaplain.
You have an important responsibility to your Post/District.
Whether you have been selected for your religious training or past VFW experiences, you are expected to be the spiritual advisor to your organization and its members.

You are not expected to know everything but are expected to search for the answer and get back to the individual. Do not be afraid to ask questions when necessary. There are many ministers of faiths/denominations and chaplains that are willing to assist you. As you meet them, create a contact list and offer veteran/VFW/chaplain assistance when they need it. All will benefit from the experience.

Deborah Halter Past VFW National Chaplain


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DUTIES

1.  In a non-sectarian manner, you should be prepared to listen to your fellow comrades/sisters and provide aid and spiritual comfort in times of stress, sickness, or bereavement.
2. Work with your Service Officer to aid members and their families in time of need.
3. Your Post Commander or Officers may come to you in confidence. Remember the privileged communication you are having is for your ears only. Uphold the high ideals of the organization in any advice you offer. Remember it is a privilege – respect it.
4. You should be prepared to offer the ritual prayers at each meeting of the Post. You will also be called upon to offer appropriate prayers at the initiation of new members; installation of officers; the dedication of a building, monument or colors; or at the memorial service of a comrade.
Note: All such services are commemorated by use of the VFW or Ladies Auxiliary ritual.
5. Being a member of the Post’s Memorial Team will provide an opportunity for contact with the grieving family and thus provides a caring ministry to them. The Memorial Team is an important part of the honors offered to a veteran.
6. Use the persuasion of your office to promote harmony and unity in the Post/District/State. 

Additional Duties & Responsibilities

  •  A person of moral and intellectual qualities
  •  A member of the Executive Committee
  •  Your Post’s official representative at Religious and Civic affairs in the great community
  •  A pastoral caregiver
  •  Conduct and/or participate in Memorial, and Funeral Services when called upon
  •  Send cards to sick and bereaved
  •  Visit sick, bereaved and hospitalized
  •  Participation in Parades, 9/11 Memorial Services, Veterans Day Programs/Services, and POW/MIA Services
  •  Presenting Memorial Bibles to deceased members’ Family
  •  Generate respect for the office of Chaplain

VFW Chaplain Statement of Ethics and Guiding Principles

1. Chaplains will demonstrate utmost personal and professional integrity: truthfulness, honesty, and compassion to those who they minister to.

2. Chaplains will provide an objective, appropriate, holistic support and a comforting presence.

3. Chaplains will not proselytize. Those who are cared for will be provided freedom from unwanted gifts of religious literature or symbols, evangelistic and sermonizing speech, or forced acceptance of specific moral values and traditions.

4. Chaplains will demonstrate sensitivity to all faith traditions and provide appropriate and sensitive spiritual care to all persons in need, irrespective of their religious or nonreligious identity.

5. Chaplains will not discriminate, with regards to their care, based on sex, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, socioeconomic status, or any other factors that would hamper a person’s ability to receive spiritual care.

6. Chaplains will, whenever possible, attempt to locate a spiritual leader within the faith tradition of an affected person, if needed.

7. Out of respect for those who are served, Chaplains will maintain confidentiality.

8. Chaplains recognize their personal and professional limits, know their boundaries and make referrals to professionals with appropriate expertise.

9. Chaplains will do no harm.

VFW Chaplain Report Form

(Note: State Chaplains can request an Excel spreadsheet for their state listing the data for those who have reported online).

Chaplain of the Year Award requirements

 

VFW Chaplain's Handbook updated August 14, 2023

2024 VFW Manual/Ritual

 

 

VETERAN RESOURCES

Defense Suicide Prevention Office The Defense Suicide Prevention Office does not provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Veteran/Military Crisis Line for immediate assistance.

Veterans Crisis Conversation Handout This handout gives helpful information on helping a veteran in crisis.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Warriors Journey  Warriors helping Warriors.  (There is a Chaplain section).


VFW Chaplain Department Websites

VFW Missouri Chaplain's Page  (Chaplain Deborah Halter, Past VFW National Chaplain)

VFW Pennsylvania Chaplain's Page   (Chaplain Peter Hook, Past VFW National Chaplain)

VFW California Chaplain's Page (Chaplain Frank Correa, State Chaplain)


 

 

VFW Chaplain Meeting Prayers  (VFW 2023 Ritual)

The-Public-Reading-of-Ritual-Prayers
by Reverend Peter R. Hook, Chaplain, Department of Pennsylvania

Prayer for Support  by Reverend Peter R. Hook, Chaplain, Department of Pennsylvania

PRAYERS ON THE GO

Whether a Chaplain is on the go ministering to Comrades or their families, visiting a post, or is in need of meeting prayers, these "prayers on the go" will be helpful.  

These prayers can be viewed on mobile devices:  vfw_prayers_mobile

 

OTHER RELIGION REFERENCE

Christian

Net Bible Online Bible with different versions.

E-Sword Bible study suite that is downloadable. 

New Minister's Manual

Jewish

Sefaria Living library of Jewish sacred texts online.

Islam

Holy Quran Online Islamic resources.

Buddhism

Buddhist Society Online resources for Buddhists

Hinduism

Hindu Online Resources for Hindus.

Shinto

Shinto Portal Resources for the Shinto religion.

Taoism

Taoism Online resources about Taoism.

 

Funerals/Memorials

Presented by Chaplain Peter Hook

Funeral Planning for the Veteran (15 MAR 23)
Memorial Service Template (15 MAR 23)


Hospital Visitation

Presented by Chaplain Frank Correa

Hospital, Nursing Home, Private Home, Hospice & Spiritual Care Workshop   (19 APR 23)
Hospital, Nursing Home, Private Home, Hospice & Spiritual Care Workshop Slideshow  (19 APR 23)

Based on the training material above test your knowledge by taking the following test.  There is a test and an answer sheet. 

Hospital Visitation Test
Hospital Visitation Answer Sheet


Ethics

After reading the information under the "Ethics" tab, test your knowledge by taking the following test.  There is the test and an answer sheet. 

Ethics Test
Ethics Answer Sheet


S.A.V.E.

A brief overview of the SAVE suicide prevention training program.



Zoom Training

(NOTE:  Training sessions will be held every month on the Third Wednesday, until June 20, 2024, at 7:30 Central Time).

Below are all the details and the link to join training sessions.

Next training session: Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024,7:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) and will behosted by:  Chaplain Ronald R. Ringo Jr., Suicide Prevention Training.  Click Here to see Ron's Biography.

Note from National Chaplain Dave Frei: Please join us on January 17th, at 730pm CST.  We have a guest speaker, Ron Ringo.  Take a moment to check out his bio.  He will do a consolidated talk on the ASSIST program.  Zoom Training will be held Monthly, on the third Wednesday, until Jun 20, 2024.  If you are only going to be at one zoom meeting - this is the one!  Godspeed, Chaplain Frei.

Join Zoom Meeting with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89614800460?pwd=WTAwcEFjbDRGTXBZM0FZWHNwTWp0Zz09

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Meeting ID: 896 1480 0460 
Passcode: 116620

Upcoming training sessions:

Feb 21, 2024, 07:30 PM
Mar 20, 2024, 07:30 PM
Apr 17, 2024, 07:30 PM
May 15, 2024, 07:30 PM



Past Training Sessions

JAN 2024 Suicide Prevention Training, click HERE!

NOV 2023 VFW National Home introduction training session, click HERE!

OCT 2023 Chaplain Workshop with host Past National Chaplain Jim Jenkins, click HERE!

 

February 2024 News

Nearly 50,000 veterans accessed free crisis care in the first year of a new policy from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Are you a veteran in Crisis? Now you can receive FREE crisis help. Click HERE to view the information flyer.

January 2024 News

Subject: info on free donated military bible sticks from Ken Hansen, Bossier City, LA

Chaplains,

I wanted to share a free and donated resource you might want to share with your VFW chaplain membership. This resource is a military biblestick. It is an electronic device.

There is an organization in New Mexico called Faith Comes by Hearing at 1-800-545-6552. Tthey have free donated devices called military biblesticks an electronic version of the New Testament Bible available. You can go to the website Faith Comes by Hearing: https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com. Then click on military outreach at the bottom of the webpage. Then go to military partners on webpage and click get resources. Fill out the form for what version of the bible (ESV is recommended) and how many. It is available in English and Spanish versions.

Blessings,

Ken Hansen
klhmath@yahoo.com

PS: I have a national ministry to chaplains helping them with free resources in five different categories one being military chaplains.