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

Cultural Diversity Support Services

SAMFSN offers support services to any active duty or civilain military personnel. Please send an email with details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need any of the following support services

1) Support to conduct any south asian festival or cultural event in your army base. We have conducted cultural events in many bases. Please review our Events page. We would be very glad to work with you to organize and conduct an event at your base.

2) If you need a care package or any support to be given to any deployed soldier or civilian overseas. Please let us know.

3) If you need help or support for a personal religious event or celebration. We will connect you to the closest community person or organization near your army base. SAMFSN can draw support from many interfaith organizations located in the U.S and abroad.

4) If you need legal or moral support for your or anyone else who is undergoing any kind of diffculty, discrimination or unfair treatment due to your religion or ethnic background and which is affecting their career or personal life. Please send an email asking for our contact info and we will immediately send you personal contact phone or email of our team members who will get in touch with you personally. You can then more details and facts on the problem and we will work with you to resolve the issue. SAMFSN can also draw on support from organizations such as  http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org if required.

Reference links for common principles of all religions

Religious Pluralism  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_pluralism
Unifying Truths    http://www.unifyingtruths.com/    http://www.onenessonline.com/

Resources for Unitarian Universalism

Learn about UU : http://www.uusc.org/

Looking for UU Churcheshttp://www.uua.org/directory/congregations

Links to UU Resourceshttp://uumeadville.org/links-to-uu-resources-2/

Resources for Buddhism

Basics of Buddhism: 

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/basic-guide.htm

http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/u/basics.htm

http://www.pbs.org/edens/thailand/buddhism.htm

Inter faith Organizations

    http://www.ifcmw.org  (Interfaith Conference of Washington Metropolitan)

Resources for Hinduism

Support efforts for Hindu Chaplaincy in the Department of Defense

Books and resources on Hinduism:

Useful internet links to learn about Hinduism:

http://www.hafsite.org/resources/hinduism_101/hinduism_basics
http://www.ifcmw.org  (Interfaith Conference of Washington Metropolitan)
http://www.chinmayapublications.com/index.php
http://www.asia.si.edu/pujaonline/puja/basic_beliefs.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism
http://hinduism.about.com/od/basics/p/hinduismbasics.htm