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.
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.
All council members are non-paid volunteers. Donations are used for the purchase and distribution of educational materials, supplies, transportation assistance, and other emergency needs for veterans and/or their families. The council and its committees operate in accordance with non-profit organization guidelines.
The Veterans Crisis Line
connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 & Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.