During the October 17, 2017 of the United Veterans of Blount County (UVBC) monthly meeting, a motion to accept Vet to Vet Tennessee as their newest Veterans Organization was approved unanimously.
Currently the organization’s members are: American Legion Post 13 & Auxiliary, Maryville AMVETS Post 22 & Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Blount County Chapter 76 & Auxiliary, Military Order Purple Heart Sam Houston Chapter 1814 & Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Blount County Post 5154 & Auxiliary, World War 1 Barracks 3074 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John J. Duncan, Sr. Memorial Post 10855.
V2VT has been serving Blount County since 2011 and are currently working with Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and VSO Nathan Weinbaum for a special Vietnam War Commemoration program for this year’s Blount County Veterans Day celebration. The Veterans Day event attendees has overflowed the Court House in the past two years, therefore, UVBC approved to accept RIO Revolution Church’s offer to conduct the 2017 Blount County event at their location at 3419 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804.
Guest speaker for the event is US Army Ia Drang survivor and President of V2VT Freddie J. Owens.
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Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities.
In order to meet Veterans’ needs quickly and in a way that is easy to understand, the bill aims to:
Set the framework for VA to continue to build a high-performing network,
Streamline clinical and administrative processes,
Implement new care coordination support for Veterans, and
Merge and modernize community care programs.
“We want Veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best for their clinical needs, whether in the VA or in the community, and this bill does just that, while strengthening VA services at the same time,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.
The bill would replace the current wait-time and distance eligibility criteria under the Choice Program (“30-day/40-mile”) with criteria that:
Place the Veteran and his or her physician at the center of the decision process on how and where to get the best care available,
Ensure VA is improving medical facilities and staffing levels to meet Veterans’ needs in areas where VA care is substandard, and
Offer options for Veterans to use a network of walk-in clinics for minor illnesses and injuries.
The CARE Act also includes:
Proposals for new workforce tools to assist in maintaining and strengthening VA’s world-class medical staff,
A number of business process enhancements to improve financial management of the Community Care program
Provisions that would strengthen VA’s ability to partner with other federal agencies and streamline VA’s real property management authorities.
Recently we viewed the secure messaging page on MyHealtheVet website and found new contacts in the “To: “ dropdown list. The list now includes Chaplaincy, Dental, Eligibility, Patient Advocate and Prosthetics.
This is a good opportunity to connect with the VA. If you are not enrolled in MyHealtheVet click here.
September 13th – Karl Griffith suggested that V2VT meet the Executive Director of the BHfH Executive Director Kathy Jackson to discuss veteran housing.
September 15th – Karl, Kathy and Ed Junod met for a 1-hour concept meeting which concluded with a memorandum of understanding between V2VT and BHfH for a new veterans’ home repair program in Blount County. “Increasing our service to Veterans has always been a goal of mine.” Kathy Jackson
September 22nd – BHfH (Kathy Jackson & Construction Manager Doug Jenkins), and V2VT meet with Post Commander Mark Fredrick and Vice Commander Johnny Titlow. A new veteran repair five-step program was formed using V2VT’s mentoring program. The team agreed to initially repair 3 veteran’s homes. The Post identified the first veteran candidate, USMC Frank Gray who needed his roof repair. Johnny Titlow was assigned as the veteran’s mentor.
September 29th – BHfH’s CM Doug Jenkins inspected and submitted a repair report. The $3,800.00 proposal was prepared, submitted and funded by BHfH contractors and vendors. The proposal included removing and replacing the roof plywood sheathing & shingles and repairing damaged rafters. Gutters and downspouts were not included in the original proposal; however, the roofing contractor agreed to provide and install them at no additional cost.
October 12th – Work began and was completed the next day. Here is a link to today’s progress photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d2wXzIvsp4zAY7Ni2
With God’s help, the three organizations came together with a simple vision: to help veterans and their families live in healthy and safe home. The mission was made possible because of two veteran/military friendly Blount County organizations’ generosity: Anderson Lumber Company and their partners, provided the lumber and roofing material and RC Roofing supplied the labor. Anderson Lumber is in Maryville and RC Roofing is in Townsend.
An integral part of the program is the body, mind and spiritual well-being of the veteran.
V2VT’s initial intake process assesses the immediate and special needs of the veteran. Inquiries about physical & mental health, depression, suicidal ideation, and VA services including Chaplain services are reviewed. After the interview, several needs were identified and a plan of action was prepared. Frank will begin the plan immediately.
All of us are grateful to God for allowing us to work collectively to help our military brothers and sisters.
This expeditious program will allow veterans to stay in their own home and improve their quality of life including the mind, body and spirit. Please join us in the mission by contributing to the Blount County Veterans’ Home Repair Program. Donate to help save lives!
We believe our heroes should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. If you are a veteran or a veteran’s spouse and need or know a veteran who needs help with a home repair please call us @ 865-336-2624 or leave a message below.