CareForTheTroops Ceases Operations

CareForTheTroops ceased operations at the end of November 2015. The VFC-(Veteran Friendly Congregation) program is now being handled by the MCA-(Military Chaplains Association) and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT).  Please click on the MCA or V2VT Website button where you can find information and the sign-up process regarding the VFC program. Once at the site, look for the “Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation”.

MCA and V2VT have been expanding the mission ever since.  The Veteran Friendly Congregation has now included active duty military; Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC).  Two years ago, V2VT added ministries, organizations and universities to the program.

The contact at the V2VT for the VFMC program is Ia Drang Vietnam survivor and President Freddie Owens. He can be reached at fowens@tnvhc.org or by phone at (865-336-2624.

The contact at the MCA for the VFMC program is Chaplain Lyman Smith (Captain, CHC, USN, Retired). He can be reached at chaplains@mca-usa.org or by phone at (703) 533-5890.

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Stop Veteran Suicide

Every day 22+ Veterans and 1 Active Duty Soldier take their own lives. Burdened with the stigma associated with mental health issues and the military “shame” surrounding PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), they instead turn to suicide as their only option to relieve suffering. We’re volunteer Veterans who understand the military.

While we are not a crisis center and don’t provide direct clinical services or therapy, we do offer a high-touch service with connection to resources for many of the stresses faced: depression, anxiety, PTSD, job loss, relationship issues, mental health needs, financial worries, housing and more.

We face a tidal wave of military suicides as more and more servicemen and women come home. Please help us win the war against veteran suicide.

Warning this video may be disturbing to some people.

On February 12, 2015 President Obama signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act. “We’ve got to also act,” President Obama said. “We can’t just talk. So we’re ready to help you begin the next chapter of your lives. And if you are hurting, know this: You are not forgotten. You are not alone. You are never alone. We are here for you. America is here for you. All of us. And we will not stop doing everything in our power to get you the care and support you need to stay strong and keep serving this country we love.

“We need you. We need you. You make our country better,” the president said.

Please help us win this war! We must start now. Please let us know if you have someone who needs support. We offer two life saving training programs to find our heroes before its too late. PTSD Awareness, Intervention, Resolution (PAIR) and Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention (QPR) training. Drop us a note if you want to volunteer, learn to be a veteran gatekeeper or want to learn. Every day matters!

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Change in Hours for the Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee

The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center would like to annouce a change in hours for the William C. Tallent Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The new hours for the clinic are:
• Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
• Sunday, CLOSED
In you have any questions, you can contact the William C. Tallent Outpatient Clinic at 865-545-4592 or visit them on the web at http://www.mountainhome.va.gov/locations/Knoxville.asp.

2nd Annual Elmcroft Veterans Day

On November 3, 2015, Elmcroft of West Knoxville hosted their second annual Elmcroft Veterans Day.  The presentation was provided by the Legacy Peer Support Group and Vet to Vet Tennessee.  Each resident veteran was honored individually by members of LPG and presented with a veteran hat and an American flag.

The grand finale was the singing of the Armed Forces Medley!  Wish you could have heard and see them joyfully and loudly sign the medley which brought about many tears of sadness and joy.

A special thank you to Kristy Rich, Executive Director, David, Lisa, Pat, Rebecca, Robert and the entire Elmcroft staff for caring for our heroes.  We also have a special thank you to Howard Jenkins, Robert Hatley for providing the hats and flags. We were honored to serve those who fought for us.