About the Initiative
Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VFMC) was conceived to promote a sense of community, acceptance and support for Veterans and their families in East Tennessee. Launched by the Knoxville Regional Mental Health Council's Faith-Based Committee, it will become an integral part of the Faith Based Initiative.
VMFC made simple. Please listen and better yet, please join in the VMHC movement. A great way to save lives! Please click the orange button to hear the audio introduction to the VMFC.
Upcoming VMFC Boot Camp 3-24-17Audio VMFC IntroductionVeteran Friendly membersRead More
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.
Listen to the testimony of three Vietnam Veterans whose lives were destroyed for decade because of the war.
Tennessee's VMFC's Hotline at 865-336-2624!
Start a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation/Ministry/Organization
We appreciate your interest and the investment of your time spent learning how your congregation can better serve veterans and their families. Enrollment is required for your congregation to be registered and listed on the VtMFC national and state registry. No cost to be enrolled. No future cost.
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Become Veteran Friendly
Please listen to Council Co-chairman Freddie Owens and Council member Randall Baxter explains the foundation of a VMFC and the benefits of being a VMFC.
Audio VMFC lesson 101
Resources for Congregations
Your commitment toward becoming a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC) 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. Your veterans need to know to whom they can turn for assistance.
Veteran Friendly ResourcesMiliatry Chaplains Association
Veterans across the nation are volunteering in Veterans Treatment Courts
and coming to the aid of their fellow veterans who are struggling with
substance abuse and/or mental health conditions. In this gripping
documentary short you will be face to face with the volunteer veterans
of the Orange County Veterans Treatment Court. Learn how they are once
again serving their nation and witness the transformation brought about
by a community that won't give up on its veterans.
The Committee's mission was twofold:
Start the first Veterans Treatment Court in East Tennessee
Start a VTC Hub in Tennessee
We are proud to announce that the Committee's mission has been accomplished and expanding to include 20 counties in East Tennessee.
The first veteran in the Knox County Veterans graduated on
September 10, 2014. Jeff tell his amazing transformation story in the
short video below!
A special thank you to the Honorable Chuck Cerny and Director Ron Hanaver, of the Knox County
Recovery Court who agreed to start a VTC in Knox County in May 2013. As a result of the partnership between and the East TN VTC committee a VTC Hub program was developed to support, train and sponsor as many judicial district in Tennessee.
Our first veteran was transferred from the Shelby County VTC on January 10, 2014 which is the official beginning of the Knox County Veterans Treatment Court.
We are grateful and honored for the dedicated, vision, service and sacrifice the members of the committee has provided. Without them we would not have a successful VTC Hub.
Please contact anyone one of the committee members listed below or leave a message below.