Vet to Vet TN Co-founder goes to heaven on Good Friday

Freddie J. Owens went to heaven on Good Friday after 77 years of service and sacrifice to God, Country and family.

Freddie has had many titles but soldier of God is the one he most proud of.  Freddie was the co-founder & Co-Chairman of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and co-founder & President of Vet to Vet Tennessee.

WBIR John Becker recognizes the passing of a great hero, Freddie J. Owens.  Click here to view the segment.

Click here to view photos of Freddie from numerous events as President of Vet to Vet Tennessee.

Click here to view a John Becker Service and Sacrifice segment about Freddie in 2014.  The segment title is “Ambushed in a Valley of Death.”

Army & Marine Vets Graduate from Monroe County Veterans Court

March 21, 2018  Madisonville, Tennessee

Wednesday we celebrating the graduation of two justice involved veterans from the 10th Judicial District Veterans Court.  Army Veteran Michael Mayfield (Monroe Country) and Marine Veteran Gregory Mason (McMinn County) celebrated the event by filing the courtroom with family members and Judge Thomas invited two special guest, Judge Sandra Donaghey, Criminal Court Judge 10th District and Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones.  Invited but unable to attend was Michael & Greg’s Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist Tony Weaver.

This is one of the most special moments in the 10th Judicial District Veterans Court history because of the participation and comments of the family members.  Wasn’t a dry eye in the courthouse!

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Pastor Koopman teaches youth about challenge coins

February 11, 2018

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Madisonville Tennessee

Youth Sermon by Pastor Dr. David Koopman

Challenge Coin

“Do you know what this is?  Probably not!  It’s called an Vet to Vet Tennessee Challenge Coin and this one is offered to Veterans in Tennessee.  Now the purpose of a challenge coin is to serve as a reminder to pray for and support others, in this case other Veterans.

The Bible tells us to love and support others, to pray for them, to help them when they are in need.  Perhaps we should have some token to remind us, maybe even a challenge coin.

Let us remember that our Veterans are very special people with very special needs, needs that we can help them meet if we can rise to the challenge.”

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Newest JL Tucker Memorial Award Recipient

March 8, 2018 Knoxville, Tennessee

Debra Cohan, the Department of Veterans Affairs Knoxville Outpatient Clinic’s Suicide Prevention Coordinator, attended the regularly scheduled Council meeting on Thursday March 8, 2018 to discuss the Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee’s new suicide prevention program.

Debbie has been a major component of the Council and VTVT’s suicide prevention program since its inception four years ago.  The clinic and their veteran clients & families has received outstanding support, courage, hope and guidance from on of the best suicide prevention coordinators in the country for almost a decade.

Joseph “JL” Tucker 2014

In recognition of  Debbie’s service to veterans and their families helping them overcome adversity, the Council and VTVT bestowed to her the Jospeh “JL” Tucker Memorial Award.

In the tradition of JL, she has served in faith, found the capacity within herself to give and has cared more generously than most. Debbie has shared as JL did, the strength to overcome barriers for the good of those who suffered–and continue to suffer–defending our freedoms.

We salute Debra Cohan! God bless here, and God bless the United States of America.