Fact Sheet: Cru Military

Founded: 1965 by former Col. Jack Fain, U.S. Air Force

Purpose: Cru Military works with military chaplains, commanders and churches across America in caring for the spiritual well-being of troops and their families before, during and after deployment

Scope: Cru Military currently works with deployed units (ships, flight lines and foxholes), as well as military installations and communities in 50 states, two territories and 25 countries

Executive Director: former Capt. Joe Ludwikowski

Staff: some 400 full and part-time staff and hundreds of volunteers serve across the U.S. and around the world


CRU Military Programs

  • Operation Share Hope—Providing resources, education and awareness to meet the needs of the global military community

  • Faith Development Programs for Military Members—Cru Military partners with chaplains to spiritually nurture members of the U.S. military at recruit training bases (boot camps), service academies, ROTC campuses and operational bases

  • Military Marriage Seminars—Weekend-long seminars designed to strengthen the relationships of military couples

CRU Military Resources

  • Combat Trauma Healing Manual and "Care & Counsel for Combat Trauma" Video Series—Offers spiritual solutions for those who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Rapid Deployment Kits—Free, camouflaged Bibles in waterproof bags that fit in the cargo pocket of a military uniform—more than 2.4 million distributed since 9/11

  • Ministering to the Military: A Guide for Churches—Educates and empowers churches to be more effective and intentional in caring for the military

  • Small Group Study Curriculum—Prepares military couples with the necessary tools to successfully navigate today's demanding military lifestyle

  • When War Comes Home—Offers comfort and practical help to the wives of combat veterans, including insights from the medical and counseling community and the shared experiences of other military wives

  • E-kit—A free video seminar to enlist, educate, equip, encourage and engage those who desire to serve the military around them—available to be downloaded or mailed as a DVD

CRU Military Online