First Veteran Friendly Congregation enrolled in 2017

January 22, 2017 Maryville TN

First United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Catherine Nance has enrolled her church into the VMFC program on January 22, 2017.  This is the 1st Veteran Friendly Congregation (VFC) enrolled this year.  Col. Owen Ragland USAF (Retired) is the past president of the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council and has accepted the role a Lay Leader for the church.

First UMC’s leadership and church members are very active in their community and work with closely the Blount County.  First UMC host Celebrate Recovery Maryville.   Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step program modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. It is also based on the ‘8 principles of Recovery’ from the Sermon on the Mount.

Lay Leader Owen Ragland

We are blessed, honored and grateful to have Pastor Nance and Lay Leader Owen Ragland as part of our network.  Please leave them a prayer and/or message below to welcome & thank them into the network.

To learn more about the VMFC initiative please visit the Military Chaplains Association or our VFMC page

 

 

First 2017 Veteran/Military Friendly Ministry

January 18, 2017 Maryville, Tennessee

Pastor Parker Benson

Celebrate Recovery (CR) Maryville’s Pastor Parker Benson  and Lay Leader Owen Ragland enrolls as the newest Veteran Friendly Ministry (VFM) in the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation program.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step program modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. It is also based on the ‘8 principles of Recovery’ from the Sermon on the Mount. CR Maryville branch is Nationally Certified by Celebrate Recovery.

First United Methodist Church is the host church for Celebrate Recovery as an outreach and service to the community.  Many of the attendees and volunteers attend other churches as well. CR is for all people who have the desire to find freedom from hurts, habits, and hang-ups, whether they are affecting their own life or the lives of people around them.

Owen Ragland

CR Maryville meets every Wednesday night at First United Methodist Church in Maryville. Free meals are prepared and served each week at 5:30 p.m.  Group worship begins at 6:30 p.m. It incorporates teaching, testimony and Christian contemporary music offered by a 5-member band.  Average attendance for group worship is around 200 people.

Celebrate Recovery launched over 23 years ago at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., with only 43 people. Through the loving power of Jesus, Celebrate Recovery is now in more than 27,000 churches worldwide, serving over 2,500,000 people with programs translated into 19 different languages.

The Knoxville Regional Mental Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee has agreed to incorporate CR into V2VT’s initial recovery plan as another resource for veterans and their families and friends.

We are blessed, honored and grateful to have Pastor Benson and Owen Ragland as part of our network.  Please send them an email or call them to welcome them into the network; contact info on the registry herewith attached.

To learn more about the VMFC initiative please visit the Military Chaplains Association or our VFMC page

V2VT’s President Newly Elected ETMAC Board Member

January 12, 2017, Knoxville, Tennessee

During East Tennessee Military Affairs Council’s (ETMAC) first meeting of 2017, Freddie Owens, Knoxville Regional Mental Health Council Co-Chairman and Vet to Vet Tennessee President was nominated and approved as one of the new Board members of ETMAC for a three year term.

The Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee are proud of our leader and congratulate Freddie for his tireless work to help veterans and their families. God bless you Freddie.

Please congratulate Freddie by sending him an email at fowens@tnvhc.org or leave him a comment below.

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Dean Borsos appointed new director of Mountain Home VA Medical Center

January 12, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee

During the Knoxville Regional Mental Health Council on Thursday, January 12, 2017, Dr. Heidi Vermette announced that Dean B. Borsos began his position as director for the Mountain Home VA Medical Center on January 9, 2017.

According to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs news release on November 28, 2016 by WJHL,  Dean B. Borsos has been appointed the medical center’s new director and will oversee delivery of health care to more than 170,000 veterans living in a 41-county area of Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Borsos on board as the new director of the Mountain Home VA Medical Center,” Jim A. Hayes, Veteran Integrated Service Network 9 interim director, said. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve.”

According to the release, Borsos has 20 years of experience in managing health care systems and business operations with 10 years at the Department of Defense and Air Force. He also served as vice commander for the Air Force Medical Support Agency.  Borsos has a master of science degree in health services administration from Ohio University.

Mr. Borsos will be meeting with the Council on February 9, 2017.  All of us at the Council are honored to have Mr. Borsos as the new Director and look forward to a bright and successful partnership.  The Council would like to thank interim Directors Mr. Dan Snyder and Dr. David Hecht for their outstanding services and support they have provided since January 2016.