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Ch, Capt, CAP

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Thomas Edward Betts
United Methodist
Birmingham AL
June 1, 2013
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MCA: Mentor - Connect - Advocate

June 5, 2013
  The summer issue of The Military Chaplain is now in the hands of the USPS. This issue has articles on moral injury, PTSD, suicide prevention and other topics of concern to chaplains. Even though I added eight more pages, I had to postpone several articles until the September issue. I am now ready to receive additional articles and notices for that issue. If you have footnotes, please convert them to endnotes to make our editing process easier. The deadline for submission will be 1 August.


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Chaplains' Memorial

The Chaplains Memorial Garden at Beaches Veterans Memorial Park, Atlantic Beach, FL is dedicated to all fallen chaplains since the Revolutionary War.  On the walkway are 26 bricks with a name of a fallen Revolutionary Chaplain on each one.  Eventually they want to have a brick for each fallen chaplain up to the present time.  You can choose to memorialize one of them by going to their website, find a chaplain on the list, then donate to that brick.  To get further information go to: and click on "Chaplains Memorial" on the upper right.  Listed are the names of all fallen chaplains.  Return to the home page and Click for Bricks to make your donation.   


This truly is a magnificent memorial in the making to all chaplains who have given the ultimate sacrifice. 

MCA Administrative Assistant
  I hope everyone knows that George Dobes cannot be replaced ... at least by one person.  The position he did so well and so faithfully for nearly a decade has been split into two.  Ch. Lyman Smith is the new Deputy Executive Director, but we now need to hire an Administrative Assistant to staff the office in Arlington.  Among the job expectations: knowledge of QuickBooks, Word, Access and other standard computer programs; ability to respond to telephone requests, transmit information efficiently, research questions for the MCA leadership and Chiefs of Chaplains.  Hours are flexible, and 20 hours per week is the estimated requirement.
  If you know of anyone in the DC area who would like to work for the MCA, have them get in touch with us at
Volunteer Chaplains

  Many of our members, particularly the veterans among us, are members of multiple military and veteran organizations. Perhaps you are a member of MOAA, the VFW, American Legion, VVA, ROA, or some other worthy service organization. These associations provide us with additional ways to continue to serve - as their local chapter's chaplain. If you are a member of a military/veteran national association, but not part of your local chapter, consider that affiliation and offer your services.

The MOAA Illinois State Chaplain, Ralph Woehrmann, is seeking a chaplain for their chapters in O'Fallon, west suburban Chicago, and Champaign. If you live near any of those communities, contact Chaplain Woehrmann at to volunteer.

Chaplain for TCU
Anticipated Position Opening Associate Chaplain for Religious & Spiritual Life
Texas Christian University invites applications for a full time, year-round position of Associate Chaplain. This position supports the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) and the Division of Student Affairs, reports to the Minister to the University and works collaboratively with chaplains, campus ministers, religious life staff, student affairs professionals, student organizations, faculty, staff and members of the university community.
  InquiriesResumes with cover letters and a list of references will be accepted until the position is filled and should be submitted online through Human Resources at the link below once the position is posted. Applicants must upload a cover letter and resume after submitting the online application. The anticipated position posting will be late spring and the start date will be during mid to late summer. CLICK HERE for more information
Retired Episcopal Chaplain sought
  A little historic Episcopal Church in the Chesapeake Bay recreation and historic area is looking for a part time priest/rector.  They are interested in a retired/retiring military chaplain. This area is one of pleasant living and is located just a few miles from the Naval Service Warfare Center in Dahlgren VA.  Interested chaplains should send an e-mail to
Is the VA an option?

Explore Your Career Options with this VA for Vets System Feature

Did you know that you can match your role in the military with available federal opportunities? In the  Military Skills Translator, enter your service, pay grade and military job title. Select the "Search" button. At the bottom of the screen, select "Explore career options." You'll be redirected to the Career Wall, where you can see which career options might be right for you. Select any of the highlighted job categories to generate a search of those jobs across the federal government. Choose any of the job summaries to learn more about those positions and apply. 


Spiritual Healing Retreat for Veterans

JULY 15 - 18 2013

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Conyers, GA


Purpose: The retreat is designed to help veterans suffering from war's Post Traumatic experiences by helping them release their Anger, express their Grief, resolve any lingering Guilt, and learn the effects of PTSD on their families.


Workshops include: Journaling to Heal; Anger and Forgiveness; Meditative Prayer; a spouses Round-Table; The Journey Home, and the Grief and Healing Ceremonies.



 Healing Ceremony   


3rd ID 
3rd ID Reunion
When:  12-15 Sep
Where: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel in Lombard/Chicago, IL
Who: The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division and attached units in wars and in peacetime
For additional reunion information, contact:
Trish Blanton
14 Cav
14th Cavalry Reunion
When: 29 Sep. - 3 Oct
Where:  Columbus, GA Marriott
Make your hotel reservation by 15 Sep to get the room rate of $87 plus taxes.  Call (706) 324-1800, ask for "Reservations" and tell them you are with the 14th Cavalry Reunion.  Or, all Marriott central reservation at 1-800-228-9290 and give the reservation Code "CAYA, 14th Cav."

The Reunion registration Form is available on our Website,

Features: live fire and maneuver exercises, a mass airborne drop, static displays of weapons and tactical vehicles, tours of training simulators, battle and emerging technologies labs, the Armor School, the Infantry Museum, and an illustrated briefing on the proposed National Armor and Cavalry Museum.


Questions?  E-mail the Secretary, John Essington, at, or call John at (562) 421-4305. 

17th Annual Reunion

Retired Air Force Chapel Staff Alumni


Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507



The Retired Air Force Chapel Staff Alumni Reunion will be held October 11 - 14, 2013, at Courtyard by Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507.


Mail Reunion Registration Fees by August 1, 2013 to CMS Ret Thomas E. Curry, 2500 Parkway Drive, Selma, Alabama 36703.  Phone:  334 872-7895.  FAX:  334 874-9093. Email:  My email address cannot be blocked in your computer if you want to receive reunion updates.  

  2. Payable to:  Retired Air Force Chapel Staff Alumni

       (All registrations will be paid in advance)


Please make your direct hotel reservations as soon as possible but not later than August 1, 2013.


Courtyard by Marriott

3347 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87507

Reservations:  800 777-3347 or 505 424-2455


NOTE:  Complimentary airport shuttle to and from the Santa Fe Airport. (available on request).   Shuttles are available from Albuquerque at a cost.



$99.00 per night with breakfast buffet

NOTE:  To get this room rate it is important to mention

"Retired Air" group. 



Franciscan Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi

WHEN: May 28-June 5,

Veterans of the Military

Your service to our country has been one of sacrifice. It has taken its toll on your body, spirit, emotions and your faith. Re-entering society after living in a life-threatening place is a most difficult journey for a person to make.  It is a journey of making sense out of situations that seem senseless. Let us help you.

or Call 414.427.0570 x223

All Christian denominations are welcome. The faith stance will be based on Franciscan Spirituality.  This pilgrimage is open to both men and women who have served in the military. Spouses are welcomed.
Chaplains serving - tell us how and tell us now

Take five minutes and let us know what you are doing and when you do it.  We now have a new link on our website for active duty, retired, and former chaplains to report your activities, services, speeches and other noteworthy acts.  The online report is found under "Membership" on the top of our web page.

MCA Bookstore
Thanks to NEC member, Chaplain Brian Bohlman, we have a new online bookstore dedicated to books of interest to chaplains.  Click HERE to see what we have.
Thanks to former Executive Director Gary Pollitt and Webmaster Dan DeBlock, aided by the constant prodding of Chaplain Brian Bohlman, we now have a new site for our books by and about chaplains.  CLICK HERE to go to the mall.
Voices of Chaplaincy
Volume I of our Voices of Chaplaincy eBook is ready for purchase. 
   These booksellers have them available (click on the hotlink to order)
The MCA provides two opportunities for members to publish their articles and books, and we seriously desire your writing! Submit your articles for publication on these issues:
Voices of Chaplaincy
Submissions should focus on these three core ministry functions: Nurturing the living; Caring for the wounded; Honoring the fallen. We need up to 30 articles each month to build our books.

CLICK HERE for more information about your submission.

Submit articles about your experience of chaplaincy to NEC member Brian Bohlman 

The Military Chaplain magazine
Submissions should be limited to no more than 2000 words and should address one of these themes: Mentoring, Connecting, or Advocating

Submit articles and photographs to Robert Certain 



Short articles and notices are always welcome.  Send them to Robert Certain 

Juno Letters
Antoine Bouchard held a terrible secret in his hands - a secret that could save thousands of lives as the Allied forces stormed the shores of Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.  The Gestapo hunted him as a traitor - the French resistance as a collaborator.  As chaos erupted all around him, Bouchard resolved to face Hell even if it meant he could lose his family, his friend, and his life.

I want to honor those who serve by offering The Juno Letters available FREE to service members, veterans, their families, and friends until September 1 in the iBook and PDF formats at:

We are a military family, and my grandfather, The Rev. H.W. Anderson, retired as a Lt. Col. in the Chaplain's Corps having served in France in WWI and the Pacific in WWII, as well as the VA in his retirement.  This novel is about his friendship with a French-speaking German POW beginning in WWI.

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