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
Our Council unanimously approved the formation of the
Faith-Based Community Committee (FBCC) on November 21, 2013 and developed the
vision for a Veteran Friendly Community. The Veteran Friendly
Congregation Initiative (VFCI) was launched in January 2014 which created our
first "When War Comes Home" Forum on May 1, 2014. More than
100 members from 50 different churches, ministries and area Veteran friendly
organization attended the moving ceremony. Thank you for your
participation in the “When War Comes Home Forum” which contributed to an
extremely successful event with life changing impact for our veteran
communities. We appreciate your interest and the investment of your time
spent learning how your congregation can better serve veterans and their
Dr. Ed King, featured
keynote speaker for the event, is the founder and senior pastor of Redemption
Church, a thriving community service congregation located in Knoxville.
Dr. King addressed the specific needs of returning veterans along with the
special concerns of their families and urged the clergy in attendance to ramp
up their support by partnering with VFCI.
"It was wonderful to have Chaplains from Army and Air Force
Guard units give us their perspective and ask our community to assist in
helping families with soldiers and airmen who are now in harm's way for all of
us" stated Chaplain Dennis Lovin, VFCI Co-Chairman. Chaplain Lovin and
Chairman Fred Owens are coordinating efforts with business, civic and
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.
We stand ready to help. We are volunteers who want to
encourage you to help us bring an end to the suffering of our fellow
veterans. Thank you again for what you will do to serve those who have
Please contact Freddie Owens or Dennis Lovin at 865-336-2624
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