January 11, 2018. Knoxville, Tennessee. First 2018 Council meeting opened with introduction of two new Council members; Emily Hager, Navy Officer Veteran & UT Phd Candidate and Nikki DiFillipi, Air Force Veteran & Community Manager for Humana Ins. Great additions to the Council especially since one of the 2018 goals is “Female Veterans Outreach & Recognition.”
Immediately after the intro, Freddie Owens, Council Co-Chair presented Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett with the George A. Thomas Memorial Award for his continued faithful support to the Veterans of Knox County. View photo.
Immediately after the Mayor’s remarks, Ed Junod, Council Chairman, announced three VA Council Liaisons were awarded with the Joseph “JL Tucker Memorial Award:
VA VISN 9 Deputy Mental Health Director Robert “Rob” Campbell. Mr. Campbell has been a dedicated Council liaison since August 2015 View photo
Mountain Home VAMC Assoicate Chief of Staff PACT Dr. Elizabeth Bishop was the Chief Medical Officer of KOPC when the Council was formed in November 2012. Dr. Bishop leadership and vision helped the Council meet their goals but also has improved the KOPC facility tremendously. View photo.