Jan. 25, 2011

Virginia Guard chaplains looking for questions for "Dearchappy"  

From Staff Reports

FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Chaplain Corps is initiating "Dearchappy," an opportunity for Soldiers, Airmen and family members to submit questions or concerns to Virginia Guard chaplains.

Interested parties can email questions, statements, concerns or issues to Dearchappy@hotmail.com. A chaplain will respond to the email and provide resources, information, skills and wisdom to assist in helping.

One of the goals of Dearchappy is to make contact with a chaplain accessible without a face to face meeting. “I have found there is a comfort zone for our younger service members in social networking,” said Chaplain (Maj.) J.D. Moore, the Joint Force Headquarters Full Time Support Chaplain.

Another reason for the program is to address some issues openly where many can see a solution.

“Generally speaking, most of us face the same issues wrapped in a different scenario but the solution is the same,” Moore explained. 

Any information addressed in Dearchappy will be kept confidential between the emailer and the chaplain unless permission is given to allow the question to be shared with the Virginia National Guard community.

If a submitter agrees, the chaplain will use the question, statement, or concern for a once a week release on a "Dearchappy" ALLVA email to show the question and then the response. It may be an issue that many other folks face and the chaplain's response may provide an answer for many others. The submitter’s name, email address and any contact information will be deleted and scrubbed off of the correspondence.

Responses may take up to seven days and postings will be at the discrection of the chaplain. No one is guaranteed to have their issue placed on the "Dearchappy" sent out in a mass email.

No political statements will ever be put on a "Dear Chappy" ALLVA email.

The chaplain’s office asks that people do not place classified information in any form in the correspondence and any disclosure of information from security breaches is on the submitting party.

A response may come from one of many chaplains, not a specific one and responses don’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the Virginia National Guard. The Chaplain is responsible for his or her own comments and responses and the responses will always attempt to reflect the Army Values System and the training of the Army and its doctrine.

“People are spiritual in nature and want to believe in a supernatural alternative to assist in solving complex problems. Therefore they ask the Chaplain to pray, seek God's solution and help,” Moore said. “Here is where I believe God has His plan in Dearchappy- allowing folks like me to intervene and to pray for our Virginia National Guard family and their spouses, children, leadership and community. I do pray for each issue and for the Soldier who writes to Dearchappy.” 

The Virginia National Guard Chaplain Corps looks forward to hearing from the Virginia Guard community at Dearchappy@hotmail.com.

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