In 1984 fall survey, over fifty Catholic Chaplains in the VA expressed a desire to form a professional organization suited to their needs. Further support was received from the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)/Commission on Certification and Accreditation and from the Military Archdiocese.
The first officers were elected in February 1985.
The original purpose was two fold:
1. To foster our fraternal relationship.
2. To help those who wish to become certified by the USCC Commission on Certification and Accreditation.
Another development was the appointment by the Military Archdiocese of the Episcopal Vicar for Veteran Affairs, who would focus his attention on the needs of VA Chaplains and Veterans. In March 1988, the Military Archdiocese published news that National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains now had standards and procedures approved by the USCC/Commission on Certification and Accreditation to certify chaplains that they endorsed. The milestones are a compliment to the dedication and love that the members of NCVACC and the leadership in the Military Archdiocese have for the organization. NCVACC stands ready to certify that our chaplains, once endorsed by the Military Archdiocese, are among the most highly trained and the most deeply compassionate chaplains serving within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
• Provide mutual support for members working in the Chaplain Service of the Department of Veteran Affairs of the United States of America
• Provide a forum for the training, study, and development of all phases of Veterans Affairs Pastoral Care.
• Serve as a corporate body for contact and communication with the National Episcopal Advisor and the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, by members of the conference.
• Provide a method of certification as a Chaplain by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)/Commission on Certification and Accreditation.