Council enrolls 1st Veteran/Military Friendly Educational Systems

2-21-17 Nashville, Tennessee

The Knoxville Regional Mental Health Council members and the officers of Vet to Vet Tennessee are honored and privileged to have formed a partnership with Lipscomb University.  On Friday February 17, 2017 we meet with Marine Author & Professor Dr. Tom Seals, Lipscomb University’s Associate Professor of Bible and Chaplain for Student Veterans and Army Director of Veteran Services Chadd Staggs.  We met for the first time as a result of our invitation to our upcoming Boot Camp.  It didn’t take too long to realize that Lipscomb University and Vet to Vet Tennessee has the same vision to help veterans and some of the same road blocks to new successful veteran programs.

Ed Junod and Dr. Thomas Seal

Tom has been long committed to improving the transition the transition process for today’s veteran to the civilian life.  He has dedicated years of service to veterans on and of campus in many capacities resulting in being among the University’s most respected faculty on campus.  While teaching veterans in class, Tom identified the need for faith-based course focusing on spiritual development while addressing physical, mental and moral experiences that many veterans have faced.  This led to Tom latest book :God’s Word for Warriors” inspired by the current Bible course taught at Lipscomb.

One year ago a 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Chadd Staggs brings recruiting, admissions, marketing and management expertise to the Lipscomb’s Veteran Services office, which oversees and administers Lipscomb’s Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program and its veteran services programs. In addition to his military career, Staggs was a medical staff auditor at Vanderbilt University and was a member of HCA Healthcare-TriStar Division’s talent acquisition human resources team. Staggs succeeds April Herrington as director of the program.

As a result of the meeting, the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council Faith based Committee formed it newest Veteran/Military category:  Veteran/Military Friendly Educational Institution (VMFE).  On Tuesday February 21, 2017 the first VMFU executed the first VMFU enrollment form.  The Committee has now four (4) categories:Lipscomb University has appointed 21-year Air Force veteran Chad Staggs director of its veteran services program.

  1. Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC)
  2. Veteran/Military Friendly Ministry (VMFM)
  3. Veteran/Military Friendly Organization(VMFO)
  4. Veteran/Military Friendly Educational Systems (VMFE)

Professor Seals will be attending the boot camp in March 24, 2017.

First Republic of South Korea “Ambassador for Peace Medal received in Maryville TN

February 23, 2017, Maryville, Tennessee

Vet to Vet Tennessee began to assist Korean War Veterans on November 3, 2016.  On January 21, 2017 Vet to Vet Tennessee submitted an application on behalf of Korean War Veteran Robert Frederick.  Mark Frederick is the son of Robert and Commander of AMVETS Post #22 in Maryville, Tennessee.

On February 23, 2017 Robert received his Republic of South Korea’s “Ambassador for Peace” medal and certificate.  Mark told us just how honored and proud Robert was when he received the medal. A grateful nation is still honoring the brave brothers and sisters who fought side by side with the Korean soldiers; it appears that the Republic of South Korea is sincere about their gratitude for the support of the Americans.

“AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE’ Official Proclamation

It is a great honor and pleasure to express the everlasting gratitude of the Republic of Korea and our people for the service you and your countrymen have performed in restoring and preserving our freedom and democracy.

We cherish in our hearts the memorial of your boundless sacrifices in helping us reestablish our Free Nation.

In grateful recognition of your dedicated contributions, it is our privilege to proclaim you an “AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE” with every good wish of people of the Republic of Korea.  Let each of us reaffirm our mutual respect and friendship that they may endure for generations to come.

Minister, Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Republic of Korea.


If you or someone in the family is a US Korean War Veterans and would like to receive the medal and proclamation please scan and send the veterans DD214 and name and address of the recipient at or mail it to Vet to Vet Tennessee, C/O Korean Ambassador For Peace, 4812 Asheville Highway, Knoxville, TN 37914.



Christ Presbyterian Church enrolls in Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation

February 22, 2017 Sweetwater, Tennessee

More exciting news arrived in the mail on Thursday 2-23-17.  The Council’s Faith Based Committee received the executed enrollment form from Pastor Wes Alford.

Hopefully the announcement of our upcoming boot camp has encouraged some of the congregation to enroll.  We are thankful, blessed and honor to have Pastor Wes Alford enroll his church, Christ Presbyterian Church (PLA) and Lay Leader and V2VT Vice President Randall Scott as our newest members of the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation.

V2VT worked on a project together on July 8, 2016 at the Tsali Senior Center in Cherokee North Carolina on V2VT’s first Vietnam War Commemoration event.  Click here to view photos.

Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore remembered as great warrior, leader

Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Tribune News Service) — From beyond the brick wall of Fort Benning’s Main Post Cemetery on Friday afternoon, the cannons fired 15 shots as the flag-draped casket holding the body of retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore was moments away from its final resting place.

After the cannon fire ceased, the trumpet played “Taps” and about 500 people, including about three dozen who fought under Moore’s command in the Ia Drang Valley more than 50 years ago, stood at attention.


Just as the tribute ended, you could hear the familiar and unmistakable rumble of two Vietnam-era Huey helicopters in the distance.

Featured photo of LTC Hal Moore, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, on the radio during the fight for LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam. Photo extracted from US Army motion picture footage. (Nov 1965)” U.S. ARMY

Click hear to read the full story and view photos of LT. General Hal Moore.  Vietnam War battlefields: IA DRANG Valley LZ X Ray TODAY

Freddie Owens, President of Vet to Vet Tennessee was their with his long time friend and hero LTC Moore.  If you would like to contact Freddie Owens please leave him a message below:

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