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
Nick is one of the many reasons we are so proud to serve as Veteran Treatment Court Mentors!
“For me, the battle began when I
came home. Judge Patricia Marks and the Rochester Veterans Treatment Court team
saved my life.”
Graduated from Rochester NY VTC
Click to view the VTC Mentor Handbook 2015(which is begins on page 90 of the VTC Policy and Procedures Manual) before you apply to make sure you can meet the Mentor requirements. If
you can meet the requirements and are still interested please complete
theVTC Mentor application and submit it to your Mentor Coordinator. Mentors are from Knox County but several are from
Anderson, Bradley, Blount, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe,
McMinn, Polk, Sevier counties which are identifying mentors in future
If you are interested in becoming a VTC mentor please Visit a Mentor Veterans Treatment Court for FREE but limited or contact the East Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court Committee at 865-336-2624 or complete the form below.
The East Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court Committee has confirmed from the feedback from three Veteran Treatment Court Mentor 2 day training events (whether called a Boot Camp or Orientation) is the training is more of an introduction to the VTC program is more of an introduction to the VTC program and not a intensive boot camp or
trained mentor entering orientation. The Veteran mentors need much more training to be able to mentor a
Justice Involved Veteran. Our program provides additional online training and
OJT (on the job) training to assure we have the best trained mentors to serve our brothers and sisters
The Justice For Vets Mentor Corps Boot Camp Training - Now Available On Demand
is critical that volunteer mentors in Veterans Treatment Court receive
training on how to effectively and responsibly mentor program
The two-day Justice For Vets Mentor Corps Boot
Camp provides critical training for Volunteer Veteran Mentors wanting to
be of service and assistance to their fellow veterans. During the
Mentor Corps Boot Camp, volunteer veterans will learn how to effectively
mentor struggling veterans participating in a Veterans Treatment Court.
Course-work includes examining the roles, responsibilities and
boundaries of veteran mentors; the unique issues facing combat veterans;
and how to swiftly connect mentee veterans to the local, state and
national services and benefits they have earned.
For Vets is honored to offer our Mentor Corps Boot Camp to individual
jurisdictions or states. We will work with you to develop a training
that fits your budget and meets your needs.