Military Chaplains Association of America Executive Director Notes

“This has been an absolutely great week. It started with a great learning opportunity for me and ended the same way. Wish we could all have such weeks on a regular basis. 

I spent last week in Anaheim at the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) national conference getting smart on CAP chaplaincy. Many thanks to the gracious hospitality of the CAP Chief of Chaplains, CH, Col, Charlie Sattgast who invited me to attend. Wednesday was spent with Charlie and his leadership team and was a great immersion process as they reviewed the past year’s events and milestones and looked at the “way ahead”.  Click here to Read More

150 Anniversary for New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Celebrates Veterans

August 20, 2018 Madisonville Tennessee.  Pastor Dr. David Koopman celebrates the Church’s 150 anniversary and recognizing the church as the first Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Monroe County Tennessee.  Vet to Vet Tennessee supported the special celebration by recognizing two Korean War Veterans with the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador For Peace Medal. Click here to Read More


17 New QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructors in Eastern TN

Vet to Vet TN (VTVT) received grants from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee and several individual donors to help VTVT train suicide prevention advocates.  The donations allowed VTVT to grant seventeen $500.00 scholarships.

On August 20, 2018 VTVT and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), QPR Institute trained and certified 17 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructors.  The training was hosted by Military Chaplains Association Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation’s member, Rio Revolution Church.  TSPN’s Executive Director and QPR’s Master Instructor lead the training along with VTVT’s President Ed Junod.

Ed Junod received QPR Institute Master Instructior certification which bring the total number of QPR Master Instructors in Tennesseel; TSPN’s Executive Director Scott Ridgeway, TSPN’s Regional Director Amy Dolinky and VTVT’s President Ed Junod. Click here to Read More


New Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Vonore Tennessee

Pastor Mitch Ingram enrolls his Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church into MCA’s VMFC network after being elected as Monroe County Tennessee Mayor.  Before his election, Pastor Ingram was not aware of the VMFC program but enrolled as soon as he learned about it.  Mayor/Pastor Ingram also supports Veterans Courts, Expungement Clinics, Celebrate Recovery and suicide prevention.

Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church has a very active youth group.  Pastor Ingram has agreed to accept a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training scholarship from Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) to train his youth leaders and youth about suicide prevention.  VTVT not only provides scholarships to VMFCs but also provides all of the suicide prevention material at no cost to the Church.  To learn more about QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training please visit the QPR Institute here.