Veterans Day Luncheon at Faith Encounter

Faith Encounter Pastor & SMSgt USAF NG TNANG (US) Michael “Mike” E. Williams hosted a Veterans luncheon at his church on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

This ceremony had two purposes:

  • Celebrate 2017 Veterans Day with special guest speaker Brig. General Donald L. Johnson
  • Honor US Vietnam Army Airborne Veteran James Mc Ginnis who passed away on September 19, 2017 and his surviving spouse Donna and her family

Faith Encounter is a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation and is supported by Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) who provided the Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC) presidential proclamations and VWC Certificates of Honor.

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Veteran Centric Veterans Day Huge Success in Blount County

Over 320 attended the 49th Blount County TN Veterans Day event  on Saturday November 11, 2017.   But every thing seemed different.  For decades the event was held at the Maryville Courthouse but this year changed: the event was moved to Rio Revolution Church and a new venue; making the event veteran centric.

Veterans Day began with Vet to Vet Tennessee’s President Freddie J. Owens appearing on WBIR.  Freddie’s interview.

With a new vision, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) and United Veterans of Blount County Veterans prepared this event to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families who served from November 1955 to May 1975.  Mayor Mitchell created a Blounty County Proclamation for this event.  VTVT President and Ia Drang survivor Freddie J. Owens was the special guest speaker.

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Vet to Vet TN Recognized as a “Standout Partner” by the USA VWC

The U.S.A. Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC) recognizes Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) as a standout partner for hosting 69 events thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families thus far in 2017!  The recognition was published in the VWC “SITREP” monthly newsletter on November 8, 2017 in Issue 10, 2017.

Thanks to the numerous VTVT partners and presenters we have meet over 10,000 individuals and have identified and honored over 5,000 Vietnam War Veterans and hundreds of spouses of Vietnam War Veterans who were either KIA, POW or died after their return from service.

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VA End of Year Hospital Star Rating (FY2017)

In 2017 64% (94 out of 146) of VA Medical Centers showed Improvements compared to their baseline one year earlier.  Great news!  Thank you Secretary Shulkin.

The Mountain Home Medical Center received a 4 out of 5 and on their way to a five star with the new leadership and vision of Facility Director Dean Borsis.

However, many of the worst VA hospitals in the country last year remain among the worst this year, according to internal rankings released on October 25, 2017 by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Click here to view the full report.

Nearly a dozen of the medical centers who received one out of five stars in quality ratings this year received the same low score in 2016.

They include three veterans hospitals in Tennessee in Nashville, Murfreesboro and Memphis.

Veterans’ ethos does not allow defeat.  Demand a better VA Hospital.  Contact the White House Veterans Hotline at 855-948-2311  and don’t stop fighting until your hospital has a 5 star rating.