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Veteran Friendly Congregation Designation Program

Click Here to see the list of current VFCsIntroduction

The Veteran Friendly Congregation Program's purpose is twofold. First, to provide a visible sign to those that visit the congregation that this congregation has demonstrated through their actions that they are sympathetic to the needs of veterans and their families. Second, provide acknowledgement to the congregation and their leaders for their sincere and earnest efforts to support veterans and their families.

Click Here for additional information on the Lead Congregation designation which is very important to the success of our overall Program

Click Here for the Congregation Directory page to see those Congregations that have already chosen to participate.

Here is a set of documents that together form a “packet” of information useful when discussing the VFC initiative. Please use these when speaking with clergy or groups of people interested is understanding the VFC initiative.

Synagogue ImageProgram Requirements

The program requirements are simple and straighforward. Any congregation that meets the following criteria qualifies on an annual basis. Once qualified, a certificate will be sent to the Congregation Leader (or other person designated by the Congregation) which is suitable for framing and should be displayed in a prominent location such that it can be seen by visitors, members, and leaders of the congregation alike.

Annual Criteria

Congregation Support Reading Material for VFCs

This book is one we have researched and what we at CareForTheTroops have decided to mail one free copy to each congregation that signs up as a Veteran Friendly Congregation (VFC). The congregations can then decide if they want to order more...for their military ministry members...for use by congregation members attending an adult education class using this book...whatever the reason.

There are 4 authors including a former military chaplain now Lutheran Pastor, a Social Worker, and 2 PhD's in Counselor Ed and Nursing. What we liked about the book is the following:

Mosque ImageVeteran Friendly Congregation (VFC) Example Approval / Annual Renewal Letter

Click Here to download a WORD version of this Letter

~xx/xx/xxxx~

CareForTheTroops, Inc.
ATTN: Veteran Friendly Congregation Program
1795 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30062
This letter is to certify that the Congregation: _____________________________________,
located at address:    __________________________________________________________,
makes the following three commitments through the year ending 12/31/XXXX.
  • We agree to adopt or implement one or more Military Ministry Programs.

  • We agree to advertise the existence of the Military Ministry Program(s) in one or more of our congregation publications (service bulletins, newsletters, etc) at least twice a month, all year long so that their existence is easily visible to visitors, members, and leadership of the congregation.

  • We provide permission to the CareForTheTroops organization to list our congregation information on their web site.
  • We would also like to be a Lead Congregation and help establish Military Ministries in parishes and congregations in our vicinity. [if this does not apply, then erase or cross out this sentence]

Signed: _____________________________________________

Title: _____________________________________________

Clergy Contact Info:

name:____________________ email: _____________________ phone no: _________

Lay Leader Contact Info:

name:____________________ email: _____________________ phone no: _________

To be Signed by the Rector, Pastor, Minister, Rabbi, Imam or designated Congregation Leader.