About the Initiative
Veteran Friendly Congregation Initiative (VFCI) was conceived to promote a sense of community, acceptance and support for Veterans and their families in East Tennessee. Launched by Faith-Based Communities, it will become an integral part of the Faith Based Initiative.
Your Congregation makes a difference
Your congregation can be an environment of acceptance for veterans and their families.
Did you know that veterans are five times (5X) more likely to seek help from their clergy than every VA service combined?
Your congregation could help promote awareness of the needs of those sacrificing their time and effort to support our country.
Veteran Friendly Congregation Initiative Hotline at 865-336-2624!
Start a Veteran Friendly Congregation
We appreciate your interest and the investment of your time spent learning how your congregation can better serve veterans and their families.
We remind you that in order for us to recognize your place of worship as a “Veteran Friendly Congregation”
You need only follow through with the steps
Learn more at:
Become Veteran Friendly
Resources for Congregations
Your commitment toward becoming a Veteran Friendly Congregation begins with raising awareness among the members that you now have this program in place. We urge you to publish this ministry in your bulletins, newsletters and websites at least on a monthly basis. Your veterans need to know to whom they can turn for assistance.
"It's Good To Have You Back America" was written and sung by Navy Veteran Terry Lockwood:
Peer Oriented Services are fundamental to an improved quality of life.
Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Legacy Peer Support Group, Vet to Vet Tennessee, Veteran Friendly Congregation Committee, Veterans Treatment Court Committee, PTSD Veteran Law Enforcement Training Committee. Results matter!
Communications is the key to a successful partnership. three examples listed below is a great way to start 2015. We are honored serve with you!
Time is of the essence therefore once a new program/process is identified, it is crucial to develop a best in class plan and expeditiously execute the program. Remember "All we can do is help"
Our mission is to make sure veterans and their families are provided the best medical and medical care they have earned
5 Legacy Peer Support groups,
16 Veteran Friendly Congregation/Ministries,
Knox County Veterans Treatment Court
40 Veteran Mentors
PAIR (PTSD Awareness, Intervention & Awareness) Law Enforcement training over 800 trained in 2015
The mission of the Council is to be a "bridge" between
Veterans receiving medical & mental health services and their families, the
VA Medical & Mental Health professionals and the community support or
Veterans service organizations. This bridge allows information and services to
flow both ways to develop methods of measuring Veteran's satisfaction and
advocate needed changes. Most importantly, to improve the communication and
understanding between Veterans and the Mental Health staff in reducing the
stigma associated with seeking and using mental health services.
Our Council is Chaired by Veterans and is endorsed but not a part of the
Department of Veterans Affairs.
Our legacy, as
Veterans, is to continue to support each other as we did when we were active
duty. We watched each others backs and our mission is to continue that
tradition. Regardless of our generation or war, we share the bond that
comes with military service. We do not judge each other. We support
each other now with the same intensity we did in service. Our experiences
during our military service provides us with unique strengths and capabilities;
they allow one to see opportunities, hope and solutions rather than just
problems and hopelessness. Join with us in helping other Veterans recover
and grow from those painful memories, depression, family issues, and
dependencies that have controlled our lives and ruined many dreams and goals.
vet to vet tn mission
Our goal is to be able to provide a safe haven to any Veteran within our area
of service. Vet to Vet TN gives the veteran a sense of worth that allows
them to support and promote their own recovery. By being patients and
supporters and through shared experiences and peer to peer support, the veteran
can gain strength, courage, and ownership when it comes to advocating their
What started three years ago as a city-based organization has now grown and
expanded its programs to over 15 East Tennessee counties. We are still a
totally volunteer group with no paid staff and only having donated meeting and
office space. Our officers generally pay for their own training or
participate in community-based grant funded training programs.
you went to see the movie "American Sniper", then you can start to
understand how the war changes the brave men and women who served. The
next mission they encounter is returning & readjusting at home. It
was the legend, Navy Seal Chris Kyle's veteran advocacy that helped him
return to his family to find joy, happiness and love that he lost in
It is only through the generosity and kindness of caring
people like yourself that we can provide the services we do. Your
support towards helping us help other veterans is greatly appreciated.
Please contact your patriotic friends and veteran advocates to help us achieve our mission "Leave no veteran behind".
•Mental toughness -Overcome
obstacles or setbacks -Maintain positive thoughts during times of adversity
Is there someone to call if a veteran is in crisis or at risk of suicide?
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource
that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with
qualified, caring VA responders
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at Veterans Crisis Line
to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in
VA health care.
The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and
experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from
Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to
recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to
Vet Centers and VA Medical Centers stand ready to reach out and help
veterans in crisis or at risk for suicide. We can help. Find a VA facility or Vet Center today!