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First Pentecostal Chaplain Elected as Chair Elect for the Endorsers Conference for Veteran Affairs

Contact: Dr. Hugh Morgan, 770-725-1757, hugh@hughsnews.com; Joe Iaquinta, Director of Communications, IPHC Ministries, 405-787-7110 x 3101, CommServ@iphc.org


MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- On December 7, 2006 Dr. Hugh H. Morgan, Director of Chaplains for IPHC Ministries, was elected by acclamation as the Chair Elect for the Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs (VA) Chaplaincy at their annual meeting in Alexandria, VA. He is scheduled to serve for one year as Chair Elect, and then he will be eligible to be elected for an additional two years as Chairman of the Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy. This is the first time a Pentecostal chaplain has been elected to serve as Chair Elect or as Chairman.


Veterans Affairs provides medical care to eligible beneficiaries as authorized by Title 38, U.S.C. The branch of VA that administers and operates this medical care system is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VHA operates the Nation's largest integrated health care system providing care to nearly 5 million unique patients and 54 million outpatient visits in 2005.


Just three days earlier, Dr. Morgan was elected by acclamation as the Vice Chairman of the NAE Commission on Chaplains at the annual endorsers conference for the NAE Commission on Chaplains held on Monday, December 4, 2006.


Established in 1944, the NAE Commission on Chaplains and Service to Military Personnel ("the Commission") serves as an executive agent for the ecclesiastical endorsement of chaplains for service in the military, governmental, and civilian institutions of the United States.


Dr. Hugh Morgan's career has provided him excellent preparation for service to both of these organizations. He received more than two years of training in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Herman Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX, and did a residency in Adult Psychiatry as a CPE supervisor at Georgia Mental Hospital in Atlanta. He served as the head chaplain of the Regional USAF Hospital at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, from 1971-1972 and also helped start the first CPE Program for Air Force Chaplains at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, in 1974.


The International Pentecostal Holiness Church is a traditional pentecostal denomination with more than 4 million adherents in more than 90 nations and has been endorsing chaplains since 1943.