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Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program is the vehicle that the Knights of Columbus uses in the "Serving Those Who Served" program. The Vice President for Fraternal Services has oversight of the VAVS program. The program is directed and managed by the Assistant for Military and Veterans Affairs, our District's own SK Col. Charles. H. Gallina, USMC (Ret.), KHS, PSD, FVSM, FDD, PGK-C, PFN-C who also serves as the National VAVS Representative to the VAVS National Advisory Committee (NAC).

The KofC VAVS program is executed through the Fourth Degree chain of command through the U.S. Vice Supreme Masters and District Masters. Under the program, a Knight of Columbus is certified as a VAVS representative or deputy representative at a VA medical center. Our certified representatives and deputy representatives attend hospital meetings and organize efforts for K of C volunteers. Our District is in charge of providing volunteers for VA Medical Center in Washington, DC.

What it takes to become a Knights of Columbus VAVS Volunteer

  • Pass VA security screening (Tuberculosis test & background check)
  • Register as a "Regularly Scheduled" volunteer (once a week, once a month)
  • Assist with facility activities and projects
  • Promote donations of financial and material goods in your Council, Parish and community
  • Recruit fellow 3rd and 4th degree Knights to become volunteers
  • Report your hours of service and donations to your KofC VAVS Representative

District Prayer Intentions

  • For the repose of the soul of SK William C. Kuchmas III, Past State Deputy of Maryland, and for the consolation of his family.
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Dr. Donald E. Bouchard, DDS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Lady Thelma Rice
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Tom Casey
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Steve Holowenzak
  • For teh return to health and speedy recovery of Sara Anderson
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Ray DeVous
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Maruice Mann
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Liz Marcus
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Bob Jack
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer of Ed Madden
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Yoshitaka Takeuchi
  • For tthe return to health and cure of cancer of SK Ed & Lady Janet  Madden
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Eileen Santangelo
  • For the private intentions of Matt Santangelo
  • For the repose of the soul of Susan Wolf
  • For the repose of the soul of Addie McBride
  • For the repose of the soul of Thomas J. Donnellan
  • For the repose of the souls of the victims of the shooting in Parkland, FL, for the consolation of their friends and families, and the healing of their community and our nation.
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