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VFW Chaplain Tools

Welcome my fellow Chaplains!
May God bless you and those Comrades that you serve. For, you see, being a VFW Chaplain is all about service. You should consider it an honor and privilege to have been selected to serve as a Veterans of Foreign Wars Chaplain. Below are some helpful tools to assist you in your service as a VFW Chaplain.

Pro Deo Et Patria
(For God and Country)
Dale A. Iannello
District #3 Chaplain

VFW Chaplain website for VFW Chaplains

VFW Chaplain's Duties and Functions Manual
Note: This manual was researched, compiled and written by Rev. Thomas E. Darling
National Chaplain (2007-2008)
Chaplain Duties and Functions.pdf

Official Chaplain's Handbook Link from VFW National HQ

Click HERE!

VFW Chaplain's Report
Note: This is the Chaplain's Report for Washington State. It was created by Rev. Thomas E. Darling National Chaplain (2007-2008).
VFW Chaplain Report.doc

Generic VFW Chaplain's Report
This is a Chaplain Report in PDF format that can be filled out with a digital signature. Created by District Chaplain Dale A. Iannello B.T., M.B.S.

VFW Burial Ritual
From Edward Norris, Post #5052
VFW Burial Ritual.pdf

Sample Chapel Service for a Veteran
Written by George "Corky" Berthiaume
Sample Chapel Service.doc

Service cards for the officers at a graveside service
Graveside Service Cards.doc

Bibliography for Hospital Visitation.  
Provided by Chaplain Frank Correa.

Sample Prayers for Comrades

Family request for a Chapel/Gravesite service


Minister's Manual

Army Suicide Prevention Manual
A valuable resource to aid Chaplains in giving a suicide prevention class.
Suicide Prevention Manual.pdf

Army Religious Support Manual

Joint Publication 1-05
Religious Support Operations for all services.
Joint Publication 1-05.pdf

Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Army SAPRO Policy07.pdf

Useful Links:

Department of Pennsylvania Chaplain's Guide page.  Created by Rev. Chaplain Peter Hook.  Very useful information if you are a VFW Chaplain.  

Dept. of Washington Chaplain's Corner
Christian Prayers
Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
US Army Chaplain Center and School
How to deal with Grief
Guidelines for effective hospital visitation
Covenant Bible Seminary
Codex Sinaiticus: Experience the Oldest Bible

Free Net Bible Online

E-Sword Electronic Bible Study Reference Program

Discussion Forum

Protocol for Bible Presentation

Started by Charlie Anderson. Last reply by Dale Angelo Iannello Jul 13, 2012. 1 Reply

An Air National Guardsman from my town was recently killed in a plane crash while fighting a forest fire.  My commander has requested that I present a Bible to the family.  I am worjking with the funeral home to determine if this is in keeping with…Continue

Messages to other members of the VFW Chaplain Group

Started by Dale Angelo Iannello Sep 6, 2010. 0 Replies

If you have a message or comment for the group, please post it here.  

Scattering of Ashes (cremains) at Sea

Started by Joe a.k.a. Doggy Daddy Nov 3, 2008. 0 Replies

Recently I participated in providing honors at sea (Monterey Bay) with my rifle team. After the family ask me to participate in scattering of ashes upon the water.What prayer or psalm do you feel fits this occasion best?Continue

Tags: Ashes, of, Scattering

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Comment by James Hammons on March 8, 2019 at 9:33am

I have some ashes that were left with me by one of the members of our post. I am trying to find the best way to go about setting up a service and tracking down the family. Kind of hard to track down without the service id. back then they did not use the social I think. 

Comment by Dale Angelo Iannello on September 9, 2013 at 3:45pm

Please check out the new VFW Chaplain website.  It has more information for those who are VFW Chaplains.

VFW Chaplains

Comment by Dale Angelo Iannello on December 19, 2012 at 4:19pm

Here is an article by Tom Darling, VFW Chaplain for the State of Washington.  Please read and forward to every social media outlet you belong to:

December 2012

Chaplain’s Corner

Did you know that less than 1% of the US population is responsible for many of the changes of rules we have come to live by? The reason? We have become so complacent in our thinking that even though we might disagree, it just isn’t worth the effort to correct it, so the less than one percent get their way and the rest of us have to live with the decision which goes against our morals and belief. How did all this happen? Come about overnight, so we did not have a chance to object or get out the vote? Have you thought of how little 1% is against our over 350 million population? No one objected. It wasn’t going to pass anyway, so “I didn’t bother to vote.”

At the University of Virginia a few years ago, a freshman at the University happened to notice a monument in front of the Admin Bldg. Upon closer investigation he noticed it was the 10 Commandments, dedicated to the University some 40 years prior. The freshman, not believing in God, wrote to the University’s editor, the story went viral. Six months later the monument disappeared. At Sea-Tac a few years ago someone objected to the 25 foot Christmas tree because there was no menorah beside it for the many Jews that pass thru. The tree was removed. Later it was replaced and beside it was a large menorah. Now good old Charlie Brown is in danger. A Charlie Brown Christmas program is objected to in Arkansas. So Charlie Brown will have to go. In one of the churches I served as pastor several years ago was a deacon who loved to argue that everything was in a gray area. There were no definite black and white areas.

Some of you have voiced your disagreement with the November elections and the new measures/bills that passed. My question to you, “Did you vote?” No? Then we all have to live with your decision not to vote and the results. If you didn’t exercise your right to vote, then you have no room to complain about the results.

The same applies when you accept a position and then find you cannot meet the requirements, resign. Don’t get the rules changed just because you may not like the rules or regulations. Learn to live as God created you, oh, sorry, God did not create you? Then who did? Gray area? Black or white? Your choice, but don’t force others to change their belief and moral values because you object. Learn to live and be happy in the black and white world that God created. When God wants color in your life, He will send a rainbow of many colors. The Apostle Paul stated, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” How about my readers? Are you content where you are in God’s plan for your life? Then perhaps you need to change direction, just don’t force the rest of us to change.


In His Service,

Tom Darling

State Chaplain

Comment by Ronald P. Juliano Sr on June 19, 2012 at 9:56pm

Chaplains must teach the 4 principles of a just and moral and legal war and inform Catholics and Friends(Quakers) of the conscientious objection ruling.

Comment by Ronald P. Juliano Sr on June 3, 2012 at 1:10am


Comment by Dale Angelo Iannello on June 1, 2012 at 12:03pm


You can receive your education through Covenant Bible Seminary (My school) through independent study and they offer a 50% discount for the military.  Go to  I get my Master of Biblical Studies this June.

God Bless...

Comment by Ronald P. Juliano Sr on June 1, 2012 at 4:45am

Please pray for peace in Afghanistan and the immediate return of all our troops safely. The disturbing news is that more of our troops are being killed now than ever before and the Afghan general public want us out of their country. There are more murders of our troops now by so-called Afghan allies than by enemies. The massacre of innocent women and children has enraged the Afghan general public and our troops now have a target painted on their backs by most Afghans and not just Al-Kaida or Taliban. Also Pakistan is now helping the enemy.We need to follow the English and Russians and leave.

Comment by William B. Bradley on May 31, 2012 at 11:02pm

I am currently living in Parkersburg, WV. (VFW Post 1212) and serve in the US Army Reserve (779th Engr.Co. (Horz.)) but will be moving after ECT to Clarksburg WV. to begin work at the Clarksburg VAMC. I will be transferring posts and maybe even reserve units. I hope to get established there and maybe one day become a post chaplain in that area. If any of you are currently serving in the Clarksburg area please contact me here so we can chat. God Bless you all!

Comment by William B. Bradley on May 31, 2012 at 10:56pm

Grace and Peace! The links to manuals, etc. that you have here in the group are wonderful! I have tried to find resources for chaplains online several times, but you have them all gathered up here in one place! Thank you and God Bless you for being just right!

Comment by William B. Bradley on May 31, 2012 at 10:42pm

Grace and Peace! I am not currently a chaplain but I am ordained and if there is ever a chance to serve a local post as chaplain that would fulfill a dream of mine. Lack of formal education kept me from becoming a chaplain while on active duty, and the same obstacle prevents me from doing it now in the Army reserve. But I feel my calling is to serve the Lord faithfully in some aspect of chaplaincy. Until He reveals exactly where He wants me to serve I remain faithful to Him.


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