What is the purpose of the VFW Chaplain?
The Chaplain exists to minister to veterans and their families. And according to our Congressional Charter, the Chaplain “shall be concerned with the spiritual needs of the members, and by precept and example, point the way toward a high moral plane for the organization.”
The VFW Chaplain is there to provide the following services:
SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE: The Chaplain is available to help individuals and their families with their spiritual needs.
ASSISTANCE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: In times of crises such as hospitalization, injury, or death, the Chaplain will help and aid veterans and their families.
CONDUCTING/ASSISTING AT FUNERALS: The Chaplain is available to assist families with funeral arrangements, to officiate at the service, or to assist the family minister. Additionally, the Chaplain can help with organizing an honor guard, having a bugler present at the cemetery, and having a presentation of the flag as a token of service and honor on behalf of the local Post and fellow veterans of military service.
COUNSELING: The Chaplain is available to provide pastoral care and counsel, and when necessary, to help veterans and their families find appropriate resources for dealing with such issues as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or other critical incident stress management problems.
VISITATIONS: Visitation with veterans and their families to provide comfort and encouragement is an important function of the Chaplain.
ATTENDING FUNCTIONS: The Chaplain may be called upon to represent the Post at official functions or public meetings, and the Chaplain may be asked to give invocations, dedicatory prayers, or benedictions.