Knoxville Area Korean Association & Vet to Vet TN hosts Korean Vets Reunion

June 24, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee

It has been 64 years since the Korean War ended with a cease-fire.

For years, Korean War Army Veteran Rex Davis organized a reunion luncheon. Rex died on May 22, 2017. After he died, the Knoxville Area Korean Association decided to take over the luncheon and asked for support from Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT)

Rex Davis June 25, 2016

“Since he passed away recently, Knoxville Area Korean Association and V2VT wishes to continue the event in his memory with his passion for Korean War Veterans. Most of Korean War Veterans are over 80 and there are not many of them around now. As Korean, we want to show our appreciation to the veterans and remember them what they have done for us,” said Gina Phillips, Vice President of the Knoxville Area Korean Association.

This year’s luncheon was held on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Bearden Banquet Hall.  June 25 marks the day of the 1950 invasion of South Korea and the allied support of the U.S. Military.

Phillips said the annual reunion keeps Korean War Veterans connected and the memory of the “Forgotten War” alive. She said stories and memories will be shared and the veterans will be celebrated.

“We’re trying to carry on his spirit. We’re the ones that are appreciative of the Korean War veterans,” said Phillips.

V2VT joined the reunion three years ago and continues to provide volunteers and support to the heroes of the Forgotten War.  Many of the volunteers were members of V2VT: Barbara Scott, Don Davis, Freddie Owens, George Howell Jr., Linda Fletcher, Randall Scott, Robert Hatley, Sheryn Davis and Ed Junod as MC.  Freddie Owens and numerous members of his church, Redemption Church International attended including 5 teenagers.

Click here to view the reunion agenda, honored guest and supporters. 2017 Korean War Veterans Recipients

Korean War Commemoration Certificates of Honor were presented to 41 US Korean War Veterans.  V2VT also presented 22 Korean Veterans with the Vietnam War Commemoration presidential proclamation.  V2VT also provided all of the Korean War Veterans with an application for the Republic of South Korean’s Ambassador for Peace Medal.

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V2VT is honored to be a partner of the Knoxville Area Korean Association and want to especially thank President Chong Yu and reunion organizer Jean Watkins for an outstanding event.

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Trump Signs Bill to restore trust in VA

June 23, 2017

President Trump signed a bill into law on Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to remove bad employees and promote whistle-blowing.

It is the first step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge by Mr. Trump to make sweeping changes at the beleaguered agency.

The long-sought legislation, called the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, passed Congress by wide margins this month with strong support from both parties. David Shulkin, a hospital management expert and the secretary of veteran affairs, has said the law will make it easier for him to purge problematic workers and restore public trust at an agency still plagued by a 2014 scandal over manipulating patient wait times.

“We must fulfill our duty to the nation’s veterans,” Mr. Trump said at an East Room bill-signing ceremony, flanked by Sgt. Michael Verardo, who before retiring from the Army lost his left arm and left leg to an improvised explosive device in 2010 in Afghanistan. He faced three and a half years of waiting for the department to properly equip his home.

VA Primary Care Patient Information Booklet Available NOW!

June 22, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee

The Mountain Home VAMC and all of their clinic now have a primary care patient information booklet available to all veterans.  The booklets are being distributed during the orientation for new veterans, however, very few current veterans were aware of the booklet until Freddie Owens discovered the booklet from his  Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) clerk.  A PACT team is a team-based model of care led by a primary care provider (PCP) who enables continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s health care needs or appropriately coordinating care with other qualified professional, led by a PCP, works collaboratively with the patient to plan their overall health care.

The booklet is filled with valuable information including contact numbers.  We recommend to all veterans that they obtain this booklet.  The booklets are available at Mountain Home VAMC, Knoxville Outpatient Clinic, and Bristol/Campbell Co (LaFollette)/ Morristown/Norton/Rogersville/Sevierville Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

The booklet contains information about clinic appointments, Co-managed care,transportation, hospital services, non-VA emergency room visits and hospitalizations, patient rights and responsibilities, My HealteVet, Pharmacy, health information programs, pain management, suicide prevention, social work services, domiciliary, women’s clinic, eye clinic services, instructions for lab work, contact information and locations.

The VA has the booklets available NOW!  So please go to the VA and retrieve yours!

Thanks to the support of KOPC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Sexton, the orientation workbook will be posted on the MHVAHCS website in the near future.  We’ll let you know when the post is available.

V2VT Partners with Celebrate Recovery Community

June 12, 2017 Sweetwater, Tennessee

Celebrate Recovery Community (CRC), which is free and open to the public, kicked off on June 12th at First Baptist Church Sweetwater.

CRC offers weekly services to support people with emotional struggles, relational issues, addictions, or any thoughts and behaviors that interfere with a joyful life.

Celebrate Recovery (CR) is an international program that has years of success and for the first time is being offered in Sweetwater.  Although CRC is in Sweetwater, this program is a true community effort with volunteers and participants from all over Monroe County and surrounding areas.  This is an ongoing program based on Christian principles as applied to the 12 Steps and the 8 Beatitudes. The only requirement is a desire to come and listen. The groups are led by trained leaders who offer a safe, confidential, and positive place to participate with other people looking for healing. We are regular people looking for help with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. There is no financial or commitment obligation.

Monroe County Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) along with Al & Jackie North from CR Tennessee provided the wherewithal to help make this new CRC begin.  Numerous members of various churches have collaborated since October 2016.  V2VT is not only a partner in the creation of the CRC but has supported the mission with financial support.  “This a great opportunity for our justice involved veterans from the 10th Judicial District (Bradley, Polk, McMinn and Monroe Counties) to receive a faith-based recovery program.”  Veterans Court Judge Dwaine Thomas and Monroe County Sheriff support the CRC and honored to have the CRC as the newest recovery program in their community.

Pastor Frank Crawford of the First Baptist Church is the gracious host of the CRC and invites other churches to participate.

Celebrate Recovery Community meets every Monday evening at First Baptist Church Sweetwater beginning June 12th.  The program starts with fellowship and refreshments at 6pm, worship at 6:30pm with Biblically-based teachings and music, and small groups at 7:45pm offering support based on specific issues.  These small groups are divided into men’s and women’s groups and are safe places to give and receive positive support for individual needs.

Public speaker, author, and TV producer, Tom Baker, was the guest speaker on opening night.  Tom is author of the book, “One Dog’s Faith”, a book that describes how Tom’s dog helped him trust in God and overcome chronic worrying.

Please join us on Mondays at 6pm at 303 Wright Street, Sweetwater. For more information call 423-545-3015 or email at or call Ed Junod (V2VT Treasurer) at 865-850-8376 or email at

To learn more about CR click here to visit their website.