Veteran Friendly Congregation A congregation can become a certified Veteran Friendly Congregation.  The Veteran Friendly Congregation Program's purpose is twofold. First, to provide a visible sign to those that visit the congregation that this congregation has demonstrated through their actions that they are sympathetic to the needs of veterans and their families. Second, provide acknowledgement to the congregation and their leaders for their sincere and earnest efforts to support veterans and their families.

 Program Requirements

A congregation will meet the following criteria qualifies on an annual basis. Once qualified, a certificate will be sent to the Congregation Leader (or other person designated by the Congregation) which is suitable for framing and should be displayed in a prominent location such that it can be seen by visitors, members, and leaders of the congregation alike.

Annual Criteria

  • Agree to adopt one or more of the Military Ministry Programs suggested by the Brookfield Institute or approved and agreed to in discussions with the Brookfield Institute.
  • Agree to advertise the existence of the Military Ministry Program(s) in one or more of your congregation publications (service bulletins, newsletters, etc) at least twice a month, all year long so that their existence is easily visible to visitors, members, and leadership of the congregation.

 

  • Annually, renew your agreement with the provisions above by sending a letter to the CareForTheTroops office address shown at the bottom of this web page.
  • Renewal letters should be sent by November 15th so that we have time to receive them and send out certificates before the end of the year. If you sign up during the middle of the year, then the certificate will be issued as soon as possible for the remainder of that year.

Veteran Friendly Congregation (VFC) Example Approval / Annual Renewal Letter

~xx/xx/xxxx~

CareForTheTroops, Inc.
ATTN: Veteran Friendly Congregation Program
1795 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30062 

This letter is to certify that the Congregation: _____________________________________,
located at address:    __________________________________________________________,
makes the following three commitments through the year ending 12/31/XXXX. 

  • We agree to adopt or implement one or more Military Ministry Programs.

 

  • We agree to advertise the existence of the Military Ministry Program(s) in one or more of our congregation publications (service bulletins, newsletters, etc) at least twice a month, all year long so that their existence is easily visible to visitors, members, and leadership of the congregation.

 

  • We provide permission to the CareForTheTroops organization to list our congregation information on their web site.

Signed: _____________________________________________

Title: _____________________________________________

Clergy Contact Info:

name:____________________ email: _____________________ phone no: _________

Lay Leader Contact Info:

name:____________________ email: _____________________ phone no: _________

To be Signed by the Rector, Pastor, Minister, Rabbi, Imam or designated Congregation Leader.