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National VA Chaplain Service

The Mission of the National VA Chaplain Service is to empower Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains in the achievement of excellence in meeting the Spiritual Healthcare needs of Veterans.Spiritual and Pastoral Care is an integrated part of VHA’s health care program, available for Veterans and their immediate family (caregivers) as they wish.

VHA employs professionally educated and clinically trained chaplains to provide pastoral care and counseling as part of the interdisciplinary teams. Chaplains provide religious services and sacraments, guaranteeing Veterans’ free exercise of religion. Chaplains serve as subject matter experts on the interdisciplinary healthcare teams, ensuring patients’ spiritual and religious concerns are known and understood by the healthcare team.

Every VA Medical Center has a chapel available for use by all Veterans and their families. Our Veterans represent a broad spectrum of religious traditions. All Veterans and their family members are welcome to attend religious services or use the VA chapel for prayer, meditation and quiet contemplation.

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