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
Mentor Coordinator Ed Junod, Hon. Robert Russell
and Sr. Mentor Dean Powell
Hon. Robert Russell and
Sr. Mentor Frank Vollmer
Senior Director for JFV
KCVTC Senior Mentor
Patrick W. Welch, PhD
U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Buffalo VTC - Senior Mentor
Frank Vollmer, KCVTC Sr. Mentor
Vietnam Memorial Washington DC
Swearing in of the 1st JFV National Mentor Corps
1st VTC Court Coordinator
Senior KCVTC Menotr
VA General Counsel Will Gunn
KCVTC Frank Vollmer
Dean Powell, KCVTC Mentor
Stephen T. Redmon, JD, PhD
VA Special Assistant to the General Counsel
The first Veterans Treatment Court was founded by the Honorable
Robert Russell in Buffalo, New York in January, 2008, after he noticed
an increase in the number of veterans appearing on his Drug Court and Mental Health Court
dockets. Judge Russell saw firsthand the transformative power of
military camaraderie when veterans on his staff assisted a veteran in
one of his treatment courts, but also recognized that more could be done
to ensure veterans were connected to benefits and treatment earned
through military service. In response, Judge Russell asked his local
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and volunteer
veterans in the community to join in creating a new court docket that
would focus exclusively on justice-involved veterans.