Council Expanding, New Vice President

In the past three (3) years our groups, Legacy Peer Support Group, Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee has received blessings from God and countless others. The success of the mission has helped us to help hundreds of veterans and their families.  Our support has the full range of support from a simple telephone with a Veteran who needs talk to a comrade, to helping a Veteran realize and understand their lives are meaningful and purposeful.

To keep the group viable and creative, we are always seeking dedicated volunteers whose mission is to help Veterans.

Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council

Dennis Lovin, Council member unanimously approved on January 8, 2015.

Randall Scott, Council member unanimously approved on January 8, 2015.

Robert Hatley, Council member unanimously approved on January 8, 2015.

Johnny R. Schultz, Council member unanimously approved on February 12, 2015.

Don Davis, Council member unanimously approved on February 12, 2015.

Kristy Mashburn, Council member unanimously approved on February 12, 2015.

Vet to Vet Tennessee Officer

Our brother and Vet to Vet TN Vice President JL Tucker passed away in November 2014.  JL’s position was vacant until February 2015 when retired Army Sergeant Major Buddy Wallace, was unanimously approved on February 7, 2015;   Currently the position is vacant

Please welcome our new members and leave a message for them below.  Thank you for all of your prayers, financial and volunteer support. We are growing because of you!

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Hats off to Delta Baggage Handlers

This video was recorded at DFW International Airport.  As you watch the video, notice the number of people watching from inside the terminal.  Most people have no idea Delta Airlines does. this.

This soldier was a K9 soldier with a dog trained to find IEDs.  Yes, the second small coffin is the soldier’s partner.  This is a soldier and his dog who died for us!

Thank you Employees of Delta Airlines and to Patrick W. Welch, PhD, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Veterans Advocate & Educator, Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court – Senior Mentor who sent us this video.

Terminal Veteran receives VA decision in one day!

It is all too often that we hear of the problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the timeliness in making a decision for a VA compensation claim. With the many media stories of the current backlog our Veterans are facing, the success stories seem to go unreported.

There are success stories, many of them.

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As we go about our day, right now there is a Vietnam Veteran lying in a bed at Blount Memorial Hospital. He has been there for a few weeks. The TV is off in his room, the IV is dripping and he is hoping his wife brings him a chocolate malt. This veteran served in the Air Force and is a Purple Heart recipient from the Vietnam War.

 

He discharged honorably in 1970 only to be unwelcomed when he returned from Vietnam.

 

This Vietnam Veteran has been a member of “Ride For The Wall” (RFTW) and rode from California to Washington D.C. for decades. RFTW mission is to promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world. Learn more about the riders and their dedication here.

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He is in the fight for his life with a diagnosis of Stage IV Lung Cancer with metastasis to his liver and bones.

Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council Chairman and fellow Vietnam veteran, Ed Junod, visited the Veteran and his wife at the hospital on Saturday February 7th, 2015. During the visit, Ed mentioned the Blount County Veterans Affairs office about possible VA benefits and called Veterans Service Officer (VSO), Nathan Weinbaum soon after the hospital visit.

Instead of waiting until the normal workweek, VSO Weinbaum visited this veteran and his wife on Sunday, February 8th, 2015. This early visit allowed VSO Weinbaum to begin the process of filing for VA benefits immediately.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Lung cancer is recognized to be related to the exposure of Agent Orange.

With completed and signed forms, proof of Vietnam service and a medical diagnosis of Stage IV Lung Cancer, VSO Weinbaum submitted the claim for service connection on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015. VSO Weinbaum then called the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) to expedite the claim if possible. The claim was submitted electronically to the TDVA at 2:09 pm. Then on Thursday morning, February 12th, 2015 the VA claims office called the VSO Weinbaum at 8:43 am with notification that the claim was approved and the Veteran is now rated 100% Permanent and Total.

The claim was decided in less than four normal business hours. A quick decision to give this Veteran and his wife peace of mind as they fight this terminal condition.
February 20, 2015. “We feel if this article helps even one veteran come forward & receive the benefits they deserve then we will know his service and the Illness he suffers from is/was not in vain.

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Veterans Treatment Court Teams Helps Justice Involved Veteran

The New Year wasn’t looking so bright for Justice Involved Veteran Danny. In 2014 Danny was arrested in his hometown in Fentress County and was sent to Murfreesboro VAMC for much needed help. Once he successfully completed the VA’s mental health programs he entered the Veterans Recovery Center Council (VRCC) for additional support.

Danny’s Grandmother/Mother moved to Murfreesboro to be near and support Danny in his recovery. Even though Danny was improving each day, the judicial system was still hanging over his head. New Year’s Day was no reason to celebrate for Danny and his Grandmother/Mother. A hearing was schedule in Fentress County on January 5, 2015.

The family and the Veterans Recovery Center Council President Charlie Trawick were very concerned that Danny might not return to Murfreesboro and could spend a lengthy time in jail. Charlie stayed with the family to provide support and hope.

Friday, January 3, 2015, Charlie sent an email to Vet to Vet Tennessee asking if they knew anyone in Fentress County. The answer was yes! Judge E. Shayne Sexton and David Oppenheim of the Eighth Judicial District support Veterans Treatment Court Hub concept of Knoxville.

Sunday evening, January 4, 2015, David and Charlie agreed to meet at the Courthouse on Monday. Not much sleep Sunday night and much anxiety during the 2 hour drive to Fentress County.

Monday, January 5, 2015, thanks to the Veterans Treatment Court movement, the Eighth Judicial District team considered, recognized and agreed that the Justice Involved Veteran’s quality of life would continue to improve if Danny was returned to the recovery program in Murfreesboro. Danny was released to Charlie.

Charlie’s response: “I think it showed in Danny’s eyes today that there are people who care, and how elated and thankful his Grandmother/Mother were. “That’s what it’s all about brother.” This young man should be honored as a Hero, in all that he’s been through. I gave him a charge today to stand up, do what’s right, be proud of his Service to Country and also thankful to be here all at the same time.  His response was; I Am Sir and I Will Make You Proud. Thank You Sir.”

David Oppenheim’s response: “Had wonderful results with our justice involved veteran from Rutherford County. Charlie Trawick, from Middle Tennessee Vet to Vet and a VTC Mentor was awesome. This is definitely a homerun for our vet. Also, I spoke with Shayne Sexton today (he was on the bench) he was very pleased that we have coverage in Fentress County.”

Charlie’s response upon his return to Murfreesboro with Danny and his Grandmother/Mother: “Thanks David, however it took the bunch of us coming together for the cause. Vet’s Helping Vet’s, Brother to Brother, and “Each one, Reach one, Teach one.” It’s like we spoke earlier today in how it makes OUR hearts feel when such great accomplishments happen in making a difference in one’s life.”

Love to hear your comments about these amazing VTC team members and of course our hero, Danny.

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