We are three (3) Veteran affiliations working as one volunteer unit to serve those who served in the Military

YOU FOUGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY.  NOW WE'D LIKE TO FIGHT FOR YOU.

Ours goals are to stop Veteran suicide, homeless and incarceration through PTSD awareness, intervention and resolution training; mental health first aid, peer support, Veteran suicide prevention training; coordination with federal, state and local agencies and area non-profit organizations; and mentoring.

We can help you navigate the VA, address immediate support, and offer strategies and coping skills for living a healthy lifestyle.  Give us the chance to tell you how.  Just as on the battlefield.

Communication is key to a successful partnership.  We are honored to serve with you!

Veteran advocacy  - Communications - rapid response  - Veteran centric

Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council

Legacy Peer Support Group (LPG)

Vet to Vet Tennessee

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What started five (5) years ago as a city-based organization has now grown and expanded its programs to over 24 East Tennessee counties.  We are still a totally volunteer group with no paid staff and only having donated meeting and office space.  Our officers generally pay for their own training or participate in community-based grant funded training programs.

If you would like to help financial please donate by clicking the PayPal button to the right or mail a check, please make it payable to "Vet to Vet Tennessee", 4812 Asheville Highway, Knoxville TN 37914

"It's Good To Have You Back America was written and sung by Navy Veteran Terry Lockwood. Council's theme song; JL Tucker's favorite.

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What started almost four (4)  years ago as a urban based organization has now grown and expanded its programs to over 24 East Tennessee counties.  Many services are available to Veterans and their families iin the urban communities but little are available in the RURAL communities.  Not only do we support urban communities but we also specialize in helping in the rural areas where most services are unavailible.  We are still a totally volunteer group with no paid staff and only having donated meeting and office space.  Our officers generally pay for their own training or participate in community-based grant funded training programs.

Peer Oriented Services are fundamental to an improved quality of life.

They They fought for our country, now we'd like to fight for them. Our goals are to stop Veteran suicide, homelessness, incarceration and readjustment/mental health issues through PTSD awareness, intervention and resolution training, QPR suicide prevention training, mental health first aid; peer support; coordination with state and local agencies and area non-profit organizations; and mentoring. Results matter! We will leave no Veteran behind.

We Bring

Communications is the key to a successful partnership. three examples listed below is a great way to start 2016. We are honored serve with you! The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Office of Healthcare Inspections conducted an inspection at the request of Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) to assess allegations of mental health (MH) service concerns at the Knoxville VA Outpatient Clinic (Clinic), Knoxville, TN, which is part of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (facility), Mountain Home, TN. On June 7, 2016, the VA Office of Inspector General filed report and “recommended that the Facility Director improve processes for communicating with community-based consumer-run groups that provide mental health services to veterans enrolled at the Knoxville VA Outpatient Clinic.” The council met with acting Medical Director on June 8, 2016 and all concurred with the report and agreed the first VAOIG recommendation has been established.

Time matters!

Time is of the essence therefore once a new program/process is identified, it is crucial to develop a best in class plan and expeditiously execute the program. Remember "Each One, Teach One, Teach One".

Our mission is to make sure veterans and their families are provided the best medical and medical care they have earned

5 Legacy Peer Support groups, 91 Veteran Friendly Congregation/Ministries, Rural County Veterans Court 52 Veteran Mentors PAIR (PTSD Awareness, Intervention & Awareness) training over 1,077 trained in 2015. Now we have included a veteran/first responders suicide prevention Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training program and since October 2015 have trained almost 150 JROTC cadets, fire fighters, police and correction officers, first responders and 911 Dispatchers.

Council mission

The Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council seeks to be a “bridge” between veterans receiving healthcare services and their families; VA medical and mental health professionals; veterans support organizations; and the community. Our goal is to ensure better access to information and services, and to identify and advocate for needed changes. Through improved communication and better understanding, veterans challenged by mental health issues may then pursue treatment without fear of stigma.

Our Council is Chaired by Veterans and is endorsed but not a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

LPG mission

Our legacy, as Veterans, is to continue to support each other as we did when we were active duty.  We watched each others backs and our mission is to continue that tradition.  Regardless of our generation or war, we share the bond that comes with military service.  We do not judge each other.  We support each other now with the same intensity we did in service.  Our experiences during our military service provides us with unique strengths and capabilities; they allow one to see opportunities, hope and solutions rather than just problems and hopelessness.  Join with us in helping other Veterans recover and grow from those painful memories, depression, family issues, and dependencies that have controlled our lives and ruined many dreams and goals.

vet to vet tn mission
Our goal is to be able to provide a safe haven to any Veteran within our area of service.  Vet to Vet TN gives the veteran a sense of worth that allows them to support and promote their own recovery.  By being patients and supporters and through shared experiences and peer to peer support, the veteran can gain strength, courage, and ownership when it comes to advocating their recovery.

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If you went to see the movie "American Sniper",  then you can start to understand how the war changes the brave men and women who served.  The next mission they encounter is returning  & readjusting at home.  It was the legend, Navy Seal Chris Kyle's veteran advocacy that helped him return to his family to find joy, happiness and love that he lost in the war.

It is only through the generosity and kindness of caring people like yourself that we can provide the services we do.  Your support towards helping us help other veterans is greatly appreciated.

Please contact your patriotic friends and veteran advocates to help us achieve our mission "Leave no veteran behind".

Crisis Hotline

Is there someone to call if a veteran is in crisis or at risk of suicide?
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Vet Centers and VA Medical Centers stand ready to reach out and help veterans in crisis or at risk for suicide. We can help.  Find a VA facility  or Vet Center today!

TN Governor Bill Haslam and Chuck Lambert

V13ION Ride 2016 & Vietnam War Commemoration Event

September 3, 2016 Tellico, Tennessee 6th Annual V13ION Rally and partner with Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) again to help…
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Council & Vet to Vet TN helps improve thousands of Veterans Mental Health

July 14, 2016 Knoxville Tennessee The Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council is very proud of all of the support,…
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New Council Member Tyler Warner

July 14, 2016  Knoxville, Tennessee The Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council has approved a new member on 7-14-16 at…
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1st Vet to Vet TN Vietnam War Commemoration Event

July 8, 2016  Tsali Manor Senior Center, Cherokee North Carolina Vet to Vet TN (V2VT) was recognized by the United…
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