Announcements and Events

SAMFSN - 2017

Listed below are completed and upcoming Events. Please write to if you wish to volunteer in any upcoming event.

December 16th - SAMFSN volunteers participated in the annual Wreaths of America event at Baltimore National Cemetery

December 5th, 6th - SAMFSN participates in Operation Homefront to prepare gift packages for Military Families.

November 11: SAMFSN supports an interfaith event - "Share and Practice Light" at Goodloe Memorial Church, Maryland

November 2017 - SAMFSN participated in marking Veteran's day at multiple locations in the DC/MD/VA locations.

November 2 - SAMFSN invited to participate in USMC CFC kick off in the Pentagon

October 27 - SAMFSN team helps celebrate annual DIWALI event at the Pentagon

October 14 - SAMFSN participates in the NAVSEAC CFC kick off event at NAVY Yard

October 16 - SAMFSN participates in the NAVFAC CFC kick off event at the NAVY Yard

June 2017 - SAMFSN gets approved as a CFC ( Combined Federal Campaign ) Charity for 2017

May 2017 - SAMFSN provides support to host the AAPI HM ( Asian American Heritage Month ) at the NAVY Yard

SAMFSN - 2016 - Listed below are completed and upcoming Events. Please write to 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

Support For Hindu Chaplaincy in DOD

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This support affidavit is being submitted by the Hindu Congregation from the DOD to the Chief of Chaplains ( DOD – Department of Defense )

PURPOSE OF AFFIDAVIT: To confirm the growing need for the Hindu chaplaincy in the DOD. To give equal opportunities for serving Hindu soldiers and civilians in the DOD to practice the Hindu religion within the DOD.

NEED FOR HINDU CHAPLAINCY: Since 2000, the number of South Asians in America has grown significantly. According to the 2010 census the numbers have nearly doubled in some states. As such, thousands of South Asian Americans have started to pursue careers of service in America’s Armed Forces. We currently have thousands of South Asian Americans who are practicing Hindus in the U.S Armed Forces. We recognize this growth and the associated requirement for Hindu Chaplains who can support and meet the spiritual needs of Hindu military members and their families. The Hindu community will organize and mobilize resources to provide the required support to the Hindu Chaplains and our soldiers who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the United States.

This affidavit is submitted by the DOD Hindu congregation and Hindu community members living and working in the United States.


  1. To recognize and thank the Department of Defense (DOD) for appointing first Hindu Chaplain in the DOD. We request the (DOD) Chief of Chaplains office to continue to give equal support for the Hindu Chaplaincy program for the benefit of the Hindu congregants.
  2. The Hindu community will give full support to the DOD for their programs and efforts that promote religious and cultural diversity at all levels within the DOD. The Hindu community will continue to provide any support required to the White House, Federal Government and DOD leaders to promote inter faith understanding and dialogue across the DOD.
  3. Establish contact with practicing Hindus who are serving as active duty , civilians and veterans in the U.S Armed Forces.

The DOD Hindu congregation and community sincerely thank the Department of Defense (DOD) OSD’s Chief of Chaplain’s office for appointing the very first Hindu Chaplain on May 2011. Chaplain CPT Pratima Dharm was appointed by the DOD (Department of Defense) as the first Hindu Chaplain in May 2011 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).

The federal government has issued directives for equal opportunity and religious diversity in the DOD. The Hindu community in the U.S has always taken an active part in supporting the political process in the U.S at all levels ( Federal, State and Local ). The Hindu community will organize resources at our disposal to help the DOD to implement the directives for equal opportunity and religious diversity.

To The DOD Hindu Congregants And Community Supporters:

Please confirm your support for this effort. We request all affidavit supporters to give your Name, Location and Email contact info. We need your email to keep you involved and updated. We will NOT use your email for any other purpose. We need your role and location information to confirm the size and location of the Hindu congregation within the DOD. We thank you for your support and your understanding.