VMFC Host 1st Women Veterans Summit in Knoxville

Redemption Church in Knoxville is one of the oldest Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregations in the Country and is hosted the first Women Veteran Summit in Knoxville Tennessee on October 4th.  Honored guest include MCA’s Executive Director Razz Waff and MCA’s VFMC leader Everett Price.  This summit is to show that it take more than the VA to take care all of our veterans, it takes a caring community!.

Redemption Church, 3550 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Check in begins at 8:00 am  Program begins at 9:00 am.

Click here to read the full program.  Let’s start one in your congregation!  Keep the prayers and support flowing.  For more information how to create a Women Veteran Summit please contact Emily Hager, Women Veterans Committee Chairwoman at ehager@tnvhc.org or visit the summit website at https://womenvetssummit.tnvhc.org/.

 

 

VA Video Connect Links Veterans to Doctors

VA Video Connect Links Veterans to Doctors

Join the Facebook Live event with VFW September 18

Facebook app on mobile phone

Traveling to a clinic or a hospital isn’t the only way to see your doctor. Instead of going to the doctor’s office for your health care appointment, why not use a secure video connection from the comfort of your own home? On Tuesday, September 18 at noon ET, VA’s Office of Connected Care and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are hosting a Facebook Live event to discuss VA Video Connect, VA’s virtual appointment technology.

When you join the Facebook discussion, you will learn how to use the VA Video Connect App to connect with your health care provider using the camera on your phone, computer, or tablet. You’ll even see how you can access your virtual medical room and meet with your VA care team with any device that has an internet connection, a web camera, a microphone, and speakers.

MCA, CAP, VTVT, VMFC?

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”.   Continue reading “MCA, CAP, VTVT, VMFC?”

Moral Injury and Female Veterans–A Call for Community

Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP)

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT:  Moral Injury and Female Veterans–A Call for Community

September 4, 2018 • 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 2:00 p.m. Central • 1:00 p.m. Mountain • 12:00 p.m. Pacific

This Webinar is focused on bringing awareness to specific issues female Veterans face as a result of their military service.  Issues spotlighted are directly associated with women’s invisible wounds and morally injurious experiences that are and continue to be “unspoken” and “unaddressed” through the traditional medical models of treatment.   Continue reading “Moral Injury and Female Veterans–A Call for Community”

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. Continue reading “150 Anniversary for New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Celebrates Veterans”

Maryville VFMC Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention

On August 20, 2018  Administrative Pastor Devin Lipsey & Celebrate Recovery’s Veteran Facilitator Tommy Keelble from Rio Revolution Church were trained and certified as Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructors.  Rio Revolution is a new VMFC and hosted the event.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.   In June 2018, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) initiated a pilot program to help VMFCs Youth leaders teach QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers.  The vision is to train and certify VMFC youth leaders who will train their youth 10 and above to become Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers.  Once trained, the youth gatekeepers will have to knowledge how to ask the question and observe high risk suicidal behavior in the younger members.

Continue reading “Maryville VFMC Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention”

VA PTSD Resource for Clergy and Police Officers

VA Chaplain Ron Skaggs notified us of another good site to add to our resource for clergy helping Vets and educating churches.   You can view the new site by clicking here and it is not added to the VA resource list in our main menu.

The information is provided by the National Center for PTSD and includes general information on Community Violence, Veterans with PTSD in the Justice System, Journalists and PTSD, Media Coverage of Traumatic Events: Research on Effects, and Spirituality and Trauma: Professionals Working Together.

The site also includes a Clergy Toolkit and a Police Officer Toolkit: PTSD and Military Veterans.

Please take advantage of these great resources and know that the VA loves, services and honor our Veterans.  And don’t forget to thank them for their service and sacrifice.

Welcome to Mental Health and Chaplaincy

Mental Health and Chaplaincy is a national initiative that aims to achieve a more collaborative system of care for the benefit of Veterans, Service members, and their families. Emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs are interconnected – the professionals and communities that attend to these needs should be coordinated and integrated for optimal care. Mental Health and Chaplaincy seeks to foster this care through a range of educational, research, clinical training, and community outreach activities.

The brief video below highlights faith community and clergy outreach offerings, and we invite you to further explore the site to learn more about our other areas of programmatic engagement.

Click here to view more videos and training opportunities.

MCA Weekly Newsgram

August 8, 2018

Executive Director Notes  

It appears that August will be a month with a number of meetings with some at least three sets of our colleagues: First, the VA chaplains will be having a convocation from 14 thru 16 August in Arlington, and MCA plans to have a representative dropping by to provide our greetings and support for our colleagues in this remarkable chaplaincy.

That will be followed by meeting with Civil Air Patrol chaplains at the national CAP conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center, which will be the first time that I’ll be attending the national conference of this distinguished group of colleagues. At the end of the month I’ll be meeting with the president of Vet to Vet Tennessee, Ed Junod, who is representing one of our strategic partners with the Veteran Military Friendly Congregations (VMFC).

Additionally, I’m going through a roster of our members in Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee with the goal of having a gathering of members who are within about a 45 minute drive of Asheville this Fall. That said, I have heard from a number of your already, and feel free to email me to let me know if you are still in the area and we’ll start the process of pulling together an inaugural gathering of our membership in the metro Asheville area.

As always, if there is anything we can do for you to provide support for you do not hesitate to let me know by emailing me at RazzW@aol.com.

Fr. Razz Waff, DMin, BCC

RazzW@aol.com

Cell: 847-269-9066

Suicidal veterans lives with help from Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation and Veterans Court

Monroe County Veterans Court, Madisonville, Tennessee

A high risk suicidal justice involved veteran graduate gives thanks to God, Monroe County Veterans Court Judge Thomas, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist Tony Weaver, VA Knoxville Outpatient Clinic Debbie Cohan & Christy Cook, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) mentors and Pastor Chris Moore, First Baptist Church of Madisonville for saving his life.

Robert retired from the US Air Force after 20 years and 9 months of honorable service and is a past VFW Post Commander.  Robert entered the program on January 25, 2018 and needed much more than legal help.

[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”] During Robert’s intake, VTVT realized that he needed immediate professional help.  Help that couldn’t wait.  Before finishing the intake, VTVT took Robert to see VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator Debbie Cohan.  One comment Robert repeated said was “I am tired of hurting.”

McNabb’s Clinical Therapist Tony Weaver summed up Robert’s status in a email  he sent to VTVT.

“I am very excited to inform you that R.B. has completed the goals of his treatment plan at Helen Ross McNabb Military Services.  Since admittance into this program the transformation R.B. has undergone has been incredibly awe-inspiring if not, nothing short of a miraculous turn around.  

During his intake, I heart-wrenchingly listened to R.B.’s words as they reflected absolute and utter hopelessness and dejection.  Hearing him talk, his future outlook was one of the bleakest I had ever heard.  His final words to me that day before slowly exiting my office captured the very essence of his mind as he reported, “I’m tired of hurting.  This is something nobody can fix; I’m stuck with it.”  R.B. added, “I don’t think this (treatment) will work . . . but I am willing to try.”  I am so very glad he tried. 

After much effort, time, and extremely painful processing, R.B. now reports that he has found “genuine happiness” and that, “Everything is so joyful.”  I attribute this dramatic transformation to his new-found faith in God, the patient yet persistent work of Veteran’s Affair’s therapist Christy Cook, and the work R.B. has completed in this program.  His travels have just begun down this new pathway but I am nonetheless, convinced his best days are yet ahead of him.”   

During the ceremony, Robert thanked everyone especially God for saving his life.  He said his life dramatically changed when he volunteered at VTVT’s Expungement Clinic hosted Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation First Baptist Church of Madisonville as he worked alongside of Pastor Moore.

God bless you Robert!  Thanks for the hard work and for living.

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