Military Chaplains Association Newsgram – September 23rd 2020


This week’s Newsgram covers a wide swath of topics, and the first is the release of the new Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1300.17, Religious Liberty in the Military Services. If you have not yet read it, I commend it to you for doing so.

The second item is an update about the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations (VMFC), a program we promote along with two of our strategic partners, Tennessee Vet to Vet Tennessee, and The Brotherhood of St. Andrew. In the past four week we have had five congregations join the program, Reid Temple AME Church, Glenn Dale, MD; Immanuel UCC, Lafayette, IN; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar, CA; All Saints Episcopal Church, Vista, CA and Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA.

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Welcome Reid Temple A.M.E. Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation to the VMFC network, Reid Temple A.M.E. Church from Glenn Dale, Maryland. Thank you Reverend Dr. Mark Whitlock and Veteran Minister Derrick Bostic for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Veterans Court Graduation in Madisonville

On September 16, 2020, the Monroe County Veterans Court held another graduation. This time the Court ceremony was held in the new Robert “Bob” Hatley Monroe County Veterans Service Center. Army/Navy Veteran Wayman “Keith” Stephens completed the Veterans Court program. Helen Ross McNabb Military Service Center Clinical Therapist Cade Long was Keith’s therapist and Bob Hatley was Keith’s mentor. Randall Scott was also Keith’s mentor when Bob unexpectedly passed in April 2020. According to Keith, the program changed his attitude and his health is improving.  Keith has a better vision of life going forward and looking for a new mission.  Keith thanked Bob’s family, Judge Dwaine Thomas, Cade Long, and Vet to Vet Tennessee for making a significant difference in his life. Keith is a member of the Monroe County DAV.  Congratulations Keith!.  We thank you for your dedication to the program and your service and sacrifice. Click here to view more photos.

1st Public Meeting in the Robert “Bob” Hatley Monroe County VSC

On September 16, 2020, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) hosted their first public meeting in the new Robert “Bob” Hatley Monroe County Veterans Service Center in Madisonville Tennessee.

The first event was to honor Korean War Air Force Veteran Walter Price with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal and proclamation.  Presenting the proclamation from the Republic of Korea Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister was Monroe County Mitch Ingram.  Presenting the medal was VTVT Vice President Randall Scott.

Also in attendance: Monroe County General Sessions and Veterans Court Judge Dwaine Thomas Mr. Price’s family, Bob’s daughter and son, his partner Mary Wolfe, Monroe County Veterans Service Officer Andy Boyd and members of VTVT.

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