Announcements and Events

SAMFSN - 2016 - Listed below are completed and upcoming Events. Please write to support@samfsn.org if you wish to participate in any upcoming event.

SAMFSN CFC ( Combined Federal Campaign)  ID is 86806. Please consider making a CFC contributon in 2016 for SAMFSN.

Dec 15th - SAMFSN will take part in the Annual "Wreath of America" event in Baltimore Cemetery. We welcome families, kids and volunteers for this solemn, emotional and fulfilling event. We place wreaths and flowers on as many grave stones that we possibly can. 

Nov 30 - SAMFSN has been invited to participate in a Charity Fair  at the DoD- Joint Staff on November 30th  in Washington, DC at Fort McNair .  

Dec 6th - SAMFSN has been invited to participate in the National Forum for AAPI Military Members and Veterans organized by the White House AAPI forum. The event is at Women's Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, VA

November, 2016 - All through November SAMFSN will be taking part in Veterans Day celebrations in multiple locations in MD, VA to honor our veterans and first responders. This is a annual recurring event for SAMFSN. 

Nov 9th, 2016 - SAMFSN was invited and participated in the CFC charity fair at the NAVY Yard, Washington DC

Nov 3rd, 2016 - SAMFSN sponsored and organized the FIRST ever AAPI Cultural Diversity Event "Festival Of Lights" -DIWALI at the NAVY Yard, Washington D.C. Please see our events section for more details and pictures of the event.

Nov 2nd, 2016 - SAMFSN will be organizing the annual DIWALI celebration at the Pentagon, DC

Sept 29, 2016 - SAMFSN was invited and participated in the CFC Charity Fair at Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at Fort Belvoir, VA

June 1, 2016 - Dr. Russel S. Lowe joins SAMFSN as an advisor. Dr. Lowe has 35 years of military service. He has completed a doctoral dissertation focused on the challenges faced by military veterans, returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they transition into civil society

May 5, 2016 - SAMFSN participated in AAPI event at Washington Navy Yard, D.C

April 17, 2016 - SAMFSN conducted event to Honor Veterans and First Responders at Greater Baltimore Temple (GBT), Finksburg, MD

April 15, 2016 - SAMFSN got approved for CFCNCA ( Combined Federal Campaign National Capital Area) for FY 2016. SAMFSN CFC ID is 86806.

Jan 1, 2016 - New Board team for FY16 takes over. New board members consist of Dr R.K. Bhat, Rev Justin Oseterman, Mr. B. Dave and TYPUSA ( Youth organization represented on the board)

2015 - Completed Events - Refer to Events section for more details

December 12 , 2015 - Wreaths for America - SAMFSN participated in this event at the Baltimore National Cemetery

November 2015: Veterans Day Celebrations


November 19, 2015: DIWALI celebration at the Pentagon


November 15, 2015: First DIWALI, Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD


November 12, 2015: First DIWALI at Fort Meade, MD


July 22, 2015: SAMFSN Online Forum - Resume Coaching


April 12, 2015: SAMFSN Online Forum - Basic Facts About Hinduism

Most of SAMFSN Advisors, board members and volunteers are DOD ( Department of Defense) employees ( Active Duty, Civilans and Veterans). All our volunteers help out in SAMFSN efforts on voluntary basis on a part time basis. We are thankful to each one of them for their commitment to our goals. We need financial and community support to meet expenses for our operating, program and event costs

Advisers

  • Lt Col. Ravi Chaudhary, DOD ( Department of Defense), U.S Air Force - ( Retd ) ; Veteran; Married to Uma Chaudhary; Founding Advisor of  SAMFSN; Member of Presidents Advisory Commission on AAPI; Currently works at the Federal Aviation Administration; Based in VA;


  • Chaplain Capt. Pratima Dharm,  U.S Army ( Retd ); First Hindu Chaplain in U.S Military; Veteran, Married to Raj Rajendran; Founding Advisor of SAMFSN; Capt Dharm has served in the U.S Army for 10 years.


  • Dr. Russell S. Lowe, DOD, Currently assigned to the U.S Navy; Veteran; Dr. Lowe has completed 35 years of military service, has been deployed for 3 long tours to middle east since 2001. Dr. Lowe has completed a doctoral dissertation focused on the challenges faced by military veterans, returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they transition into civil society. To read more about his research use the following link: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/diss/149/
  • Mr. Sant Gupta, Active Community Leader ; Founding Director of SAMFSN; Based in VA;


  • Devang M. Shah, Active Community Leader, Leading Immigration Attorney; Based in MD; Managing Partner at Shah and Kishore ( www.shahandkishore.com )


  • Mrs. Uma Chaudhary, Founding Director for SAMFSN; Married to veteran Lt Col Ravi Chaudhary; 

Board Team for the FY 2016 Term:

  • Mr. Raj Rajendran, DOD Civilian; Married to veteran Chaplain Pratima Dharm; Founding Director for SAMFSN; Based in MD; ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


  • Rev Dr Justin S Osterman; U.S Army Veteran and former paratrooper; Currently Interim Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, NJ; ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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  • Mr. Balkrishna Dave, U.S Army Veteran, Federal Employee, Based in MD; ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Dr. Ram Bhat, Active Community Leader; DOD Civilian; Founding member of SAMFSN; Based in MD; ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

  • The Youth Project Foundation (typusa.org). TYP USA chapter is represented on the SAMFSN board by Gokul Kannan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Executive Committee Team for FY 2016 Term:

  • Mr. Hitul Thaker, DOD Civilian, Veteran – Founding members of SAMFSN; Based in VA; 
  • Mr Anirudh Garud, Federal Employee; Based in MD;
  • Mr Bhuj Gidwani, Veteran; Founding members of SAMFSN; Based in VA;

Community Advisers:

  • Rev Abhi Janamanchi, Senior Minister, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Mr. K.G Ventatraman, Active Community Leader; President – HACSI- Hindu American Community Services;  
  • Mr. Mythii Bachu; Active Community Leader; Founding Director of SAMFSN;

Key Volunteers and Sponsor Organizations

  • Mr. Dhiren Makwana -(http://www.dktel.com) - SAMFSN Website Development 
  • www.ksoftglobal.com - SAMFSN Website Development

Support Organizations:

SAMFSN.ORG is taking support and help from various South Asian organizations, Individuals, Artists to achieve its mission goals. A partial list of several organizations with whom we plan to work with are listed below. Please contact us if your organization would like to get involved and work with us.

 We need more volunteers: View Volunteer Flyer: SAMFSN Volunteer Flyer-Oct 1