Dear Chaplains and Some Commanders,
Something to think about:
See my attached article “Discerning Good and Evil.” Notice especially the last paragraph and the role we have as Chaplains.
Back to the basics:
There is no doubt about it, every person likes to be recognized, feel valued and respected. Therefore, a friendly greeting, a handshake and a smile, go a long way in communicating to a person that he/she is valued. Of all the people in our posts, we who are commanders and chaplains, should be especially mindful of this.
When I enter my post building, I make it a practice to greet everyone who is there. My greeting varies. For some it is a handshake. For others it is a wave, and for some it’s a simple greeting such as, “Hey Bob, good to see you.” For others it might be, “Hope you had a good birthday last Friday.” It is surprising the responses I get when a person realizes I knew they just celebrated a birthday.
It is these types of basic greetings that helps to communicate that you are a friendly person who takes an interest in them. Try making it a normal practice to greet the comrades in your post warmly and in a genuine way.
In time, when someone begins to share something with you – stop what you are doing and listen to them. Try to enter the other person’s world and understand what he/she is saying and feeling without intruding on their privacy.
National Chaplain of the Year Award (Submissions due April 1st)
Attached is the information sheet pertaining to the National Chaplain of the Year Award for 2017-2018. Rev. James Gray, our National Chaplain, is spearheading this project and his contact information is included at the end of the award information sheet. Submissions are due April 1, 2018.
Online Reporting System for Chaplains
Simply click on this link and it will take you directly to the reporting system. VFW Chaplains are encouraged to report their activity at the end of each month using this reporting system. Once you submit your report you will receive an email that lists all the data that you submitted. That email can then be forwarded to you State Chaplain or Department if your state has a reporting system in place. It can also be forwarded to your Post and included in the Post Community Service Report.
Again, to submit your Chaplain’s Report please use this link. Don’t forget to hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.
VA Should be Notified When a Veteran Passes Away
The VA has established a process for family, executors and legal representatives to follow to notify VA about the death of a veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. Look at the attached document for the details.
Also, your VFW Department, and the VFW National Online Membership, should be notified by your post quartermaster when a comrade passes away.
Death Notification Form
Attached is a form to report a deceased member. The intent of this form/program is to inform as many members as possible (especially those in your Post) of the passing of a comrade, so they might be able to attend the services of the deceased, offer condolences and support to the spouse, family and loved ones of the deceased and pay their final respects to their friend. Those comrades who are not able to attend the services can still grieve for their friend, offer prayers, send a card, call the family and express kind thoughts, and cherish their memory.
For Chaplains serving in PA: An event honoring our National Chaplain is planned for May 18-20, 2018. Please read the attachments pertaining to this event and put it on your calendar now. Email or fax your registration me.
Resources for Chaplains: Check out my Chaplain’s Page at the PA Department Web Site – vfwpahq.org Just look under District/Post Tools and you will see Chaplain’s Guide. I continue to update the page and have posted items you may find helpful as you continue to serve those who serve. If you have something that would benefit others in our network, please send it to me.
Blessings as you serve,
Rev. Peter R. Hook
Past National Chaplain
Eastern Conference Chaplain
PA State Chaplain
Veterans of Foreign Wars
534 Parkvale Ave.
Langhorne, PA 19047
2017 1122 National Chaplain of the Year Award.pdf156.3kB
2018 National Chaplain Event Planned.pdf79.7kB
2018 National Chaplain Event Announcement.pdf42.9kB
2018 0119 National Chaplain Event Registration Sheet.pdf80.1kB
Discerning Good and Evil.pdf114kB
VFW Report of Deceased Member (003).pdf37.5kB
VFW Report of Deceased Member.docx105.7kB