On The Spot

As submitted to the May 2015 issue of Military Officer by Chaplain Andy Meverden

Through his quick thinking – and his knowledge of military lore – a chaplain in the Army National Guard is able to keep a Vietnam veteran’s burial honors on track.

At the height of the war on terrorism, most military funeral honors for Army veterans were performed by the National Guard. As a Colorado Army National Guard chaplain, I often served as detail leader, folding and presenting the flag to the next of kin.

One day I arrived, per regulation, an hour before the inurnment of a Vietnam veteran. The funeral director pointed out the site of the columbarium and shared specific details of this ceremony. The decedent, a Denver native, had only one surviving brother, who was homeless and mentally ill. The funeral home had helped the brother prepare for the service with a shave, a haircut, and a new suit.

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Recon 50 Memorial

 Vietnamby Chaplain Jon Uyboro


This past April, over 200 Vietnam Veterans gathered at Camp Pendleton to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the involvement of Reconnaissance Marines in Vietnam. It was a bittersweet time for many of these men as they were able to reconnect with old friends, but were also reminded of their brothers-in-arms who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Estate Planning for Christians

Estate Planning for Christians

Estate planning

Most Christians want to leave a gift to their church from their estate.  The trouble is they don’t know how to do it, and they are afraid of being pressured into something different or more than what they are comfortable with.

You can help your church people and constituents overcome the barriers to estate planning.  With EXCEL’s Estate Planning for Christians you can help replace ignorance, fear and confusion with knowledge, confidence, and clarity.

This two-hour seminar explains why it is important for Christians to have a will and start planning the stewardship of their estates.

Every participant will . . .

  • Discover that estate planning is simpler than they thought
  • Be motivated to take the next step in wise stewardship of their estate
  • Learn how they can leave something for their children and grandchildren while helping God’s kingdom, too
  • Receive references to Christian attorneys and other professionals in their area dedicated to helping them make good decisions that are biblical, practical, and tax-wise

The Estate Planning for Christians seminar and package includes one-hour follow-up appointments for every attendee who wants to take the next step and work with a Christian Stewardship Professional in a confidential setting.

Discover . . .

  • Estate Design Process
  • Biblical Priorities of Estate Planning
  • Five Biblical Principles of Estate Planning
  • Five Basic Types of Property
  • Five Ways a Steward Holds Title to Property
  • Ways Property is Distributed at Death
  • Priority in Property Transfers
  • Reasons Every Christian Needs a Will
  • How to Choose a Personal Representative/Trustee
  • How to Choose a Guardian
  • Trusts for Minor Children
  • Other Estate Planning Documents
  • Living Trusts
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Basic Estate Tax Rules and How to Save Taxes
  • Business Estate Planning
  • The Four “P’s” of Estate Planning

Every seminar package includes printed information and promotional helps for the church, detailed handouts for all seminar attendees, and a Confidential Estate Inventory for individuals making appointments.

Personal, Confidential, One-on-One Follow-up Appointments
include a review of the 11-page “Confidential Estate Inventory” with each person covering the key areas of

  • People
  • Property
  • Plans
  • Planners

Your church or organization will reap the benefits of your members’ generosity, if only you will take the first step to help them.  Contact EXCEL now through this web site or call 1 866-EXCEL today for pricing information.  There is no obligation.