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Veterans Empowerment Through Salvation | VETS Ministry

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a Veteran? (short answer)

VETS Ministry defines “veteran” as anyone who has served their country in the armed forces.

Who is a Veteran? (long answer)

The longer answer to this question is that there are no clear government issued definitions of what it means to be a veteran. Not only are there World War II veterans, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans but there are also veterans from an increasing number of conflicts and military engagements around the world. The technical federal definition is:

Under Federal Law a VETERAN is any person, who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. (Discharges marked GENERAL AND UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS also qualify.)(Veterans Agency, Sudbury, MA)

On February 13, 2015 the Congressional Research Service updated a seven page paper called Who is a “Veteran”?—Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits. However, at VETS Ministry we are not caught up in these technical definitions. Instead, we want to serve the men and women who serve or have served their country and to provide support to their loved ones as well.

Who does VETS Ministry Support?

VETS Ministry supports active duty service members and veterans as well as their spouses and families.

Do I have to be a veteran to receive services?

No. VETS Ministry also provides spiritual support for active duty service members.

Do I have to be a veteran to volunteer?

If you feel called to be a volunteer please get in touch with us at

What Unique Challenges do Veterans Face?

Many are struggling with a whole host of illnesses some diagnosable and some not so diagnosable such as, Post-Tramautic Stress/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), ALS (a.k.a Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Functional gastrointestinal disorders, Undiagnosed illnesses (i.e. “Gulf War Syndrome“), For more examples see the Veterans Affairs – Public Health Military exposures page.

As veterans return to civilian life, they must learn to integrate the physical and spiritual dimensions of their lives. David Brooks in his 2015 New York Times article “On Moral Injury,” wrote an interesting opinion on the topic and he argues:

“The victims of PTSD often feel morally tainted by their experiences, unable to recover confidence in their own goodness, trapped in a sort of spiritual solitary confinement, looking back at the rest of the world from beyond the barrier of what happened. They find themselves unable to communicate their condition to those who remained at home, resenting civilians for their blind innocence.” (Brooks, NYT)

Do you provide Pastoral and Spiritual Care?

VETS Ministry is deeply committed the spiritual well being of veterans and the families of veterans. This ministry is designed to direct those veterans who are finding faith, struggling with their faith, or concerned they have lost faith. The power of Jesus Christ to work in the hearts and lives of individuals to bring about wholeness is a core value of VETS Ministry.

How can I become a VETS Ministry Sponsor?

Give to VETS Ministry

Sponsorship Levels

The prices listed are the minimum for the level. If you wish to give over that amount VETS Ministry would greatly appreciate it.

Platinum Sponsorship — $10,000

Gold Sponsorship — $5,000

Silver Sponsorship — $2,500

Bronze Sponsorship — $1,000

If you are interested in sponsoring Veterans Empowerment Through Salvation please email us at . For more information on giving to VETS ministry please see vetsministry.org/giving or go directly to give.vetsministry.org.

 

 

 


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