Dr. Heidi Vermette receives Joseph “JL” Tucker Memorial Award

The highest recognition the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) can bestow on an individual is the Jospeh “JL” Tucker Memorial Award.  The award was presented to the former Associate Chief of Staff Mental Health Dr. Heidi Vermette by Mountain Home VAMC Facility Director Mr. Dean Borsis on behalf of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) and Vet to Vet Tennessee on October 17, 2017.

Dr. Vermette was the first Mountain Home VAMC liaison to the Council in November 14, 2013.  She remained in that position until September 2017.

Even though the Council and the Mountain Home VAMC leadership had enormous bridges to build, Dr. Vermette never stop trying to “help veterans.”  Her leadership and vision really excelled in January 2016 with the support from acting Facility Director Dan Synder.

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Vet to Vet TN Joins United Veterans of Blount County

October 17, 2017  Maryville, Tennessee

During the October 17, 2017 of the United Veterans of Blount County (UVBC) monthly meeting, a motion to accept Vet to Vet Tennessee as their newest Veterans Organization was approved unanimously.

Currently the organization’s members are: American Legion Post 13 & Auxiliary, Maryville AMVETS Post 22 & Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Blount County Chapter 76 & Auxiliary, Military Order Purple Heart Sam Houston Chapter 1814 & Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Blount County Post 5154 & Auxiliary, World War 1 Barracks 3074 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John J. Duncan, Sr. Memorial Post 10855.

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VA Announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (‘CARE’) Act


Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities.

In order to meet Veterans’ needs quickly and in a way that is easy to understand, the bill aims to:

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New VA secure messaging connections

October 15, 2017 Mountain Home, Tennessee

Recently we viewed the secure messaging page on MyHealtheVet website and found new contacts in the “To: “ dropdown list.  The list now includes Chaplaincy, Dental, Eligibility, Patient Advocate and Prosthetics.

This is a good opportunity to connect with the VA.  If you are not enrolled in MyHealtheVet click here.