Chaplain Karen Diefendorf visits The Pentagon

Updated: Mar 14, 2018

Hospice Care of South Carolina honors Veterans, and not just our patients. We hire Veterans. One of our employees, Chaplain Karen Diefendorf, a retired US Army Chaplain, was recently invited to be a consultant to a working group of senior chaplains meeting at the Pentagon, in Arlington, VA. Chaplain Diefendorf was invited because of her expertise in the Inherently Governmental status of all military chaplains. She opened the working group by presenting training on the Lawful Authority of the Chaplaincy which included a look at Historical Authority, The War Powers Act by Congress, The First Amendment Free Exercise clause, Katcoff v. Marsh legal case, and the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act of 1998.

Chaplain Diefendorf served at the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, US Army from 2004-2006 where she was successful in securing the Inherently Governmental status of all military chaplains by working with the Deputy Counsel, Secretary of Defense and the Department of Defense Military Manpower Criteria working group. Because of her experience, she has been contracted to develop further training for senior leadership within the Army. She is slated to teach the pilot course in Seoul, South Korea and Honolulu, Hawaii this summer.