VMFC (Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation)

What is the VMFC?
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Oklahoma City, is a designated Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation. The VMFC’s purpose is twofold. First, to provide a visible sign to those that visit the congregation that they understand, and are sympathetic to the needs of veterans and their families. Second, to provide acknowledgement to the congregation and their leaders of their sincere and earnest efforts to support veterans and their families.

Why is a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation Needed Today?
Research consistently shows that clergy and congregation leaders, not psychologist or mental health experts, are where people first seek assistance in times of distress. Eventually, they then seek therapy from professional clinicians often with the help of their community of faith.
What is the Purpose for VMFC Programs at our Congregation?
The purpose of this programs is to keep congregation members AWARE of the military and their needs, and to use the programs to create an atmosphere of acceptance and recognition throughout the congregation.
What are Common Issues Veterans may Face?
Anger - Codependency - Eating Disorder - Food Issues - Love & Relationship Addiction - Physical, Sexual, and/or Emotional Abuse - Drug Addiction - Alcoholism - Sexual Addiction - Gambling Addiction - Childhood Dysfunction - Grief - Mental Health - and more. There are many support groups and resources available for those facing such issues. 

Veterans and Military Resources and Links                                                                                                                                                                                         

Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Look here for the Oklahoma Chapter Folds of Honor Chapter.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD 
PTSD is a moral injury which especially affects our veterans and military, which can occur in response to acting or witnessing behaviors that go against an individual's values and moral beliefs. Look here for Oklahoma City PTSD Counseling Resources.

VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars
Oklahoma City VFW Posts/Meetings

VA Veteran's Affairs (National), the Oklahoma Department of Veteran's Affairs, and Oklahoma City VA Resources

12 Step Recovery

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