Navy Veteran John Merrill receives Award

February 8, 2018 Knoxville Tennessee

Air Force Council member Jesse Rivera bestowed the George Thomas Memorial award to John Merrill.  Jesse recommended John because of selfless dedication to helping others through faith and God while at All Saints Catholic Church.

John Merrill is a 1980 Naval academy graduate. He is the father of five daughters and married to Margaret Merrill for 34 years.

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Statement by VA Secretary David Shulkin — State of the Union


January 30, 2018

Statement by VA Secretary David Shulkin — State of the Union

Under President Trump’s leadership, VA is engaged in the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades. As part of this effort, the department is tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years, including accountability, whistleblower protection, improving transparency and customer service for Veterans and expanding suicide prevention and mental health care services. Continue reading “Statement by VA Secretary David Shulkin — State of the Union”

New Council 2018 Council member and awards

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. 

Veteran from Washington County TN Graduates from Veterans Court

January 9, 2018 Washington County Tennessee

The beginning of the year was very special to Washington County Navy Vietnam Veteran Thomas McGuire.  Tom was the first justice involved veteran  to graduate from the 10th Judicial District Veterans Court which allowed Tom to be placed in the 1st Judicial District Mental Health diversion program.  Which means Tom’s charges will be dismissed and his record expungement.

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