Vet to Vet TN Serves Numerous Veterans Courts

August 2, 2017

Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) supported Veterans Courts in East Tennessee has a graduation rate of 94% and a two-year recidivism rate for graduates of only 6%.  Graduation – Justice Involved Veteran has successfully completed the TX, graduated from LCVC and has not returned to the justice system

Our dropout/termination rate is 19% compared to the national average rate of 56%.  Dropout/termination rate – Justice Involved Veteran has intentional removed him/herself from LCVC or has been terminated for TX non-compliance by either HRMC or V2VT and returned to the court.

Currently their are six justice involved in the 9th & 10th Judicial District Veterans Courts supported by V2VT. 

Thanks to all of you for your continued service and sacrifice to our veterans, their families and the community.  If your community is interested in starting a Veterans Court/Track or want to become a Veterans Court mentor or just need support, please contact us at 865-336-2624 or leave us a message below.

Please help V2VT to continue to serve Veterans and their families in our Veterans Courts in our rural southeaster Tennessee.  We are a 501(c)3 veterans advocacy group; 100% of our donations go directly to their care.

August 2, 2017 Loudon, Tennessee

Loudon County 13th Veteran Court graduate, Army National Guard Chelsya Thomas, told his story about how her life changed with Veterans Court. Chelsya was grateful for the LCVC and thanked LCVC, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist Tony Weaver and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) and V2VT Mentor U.S. Army Captain (Ret) Mary Ann Tackett for their support and guidance. 

Read Chelysa's full story

May 24, 2017 Loudon,Tennessee

Loudon County newest Veteran Court graduate, Army Veteran Michael Kanipes, told his story about how his life changed and how his marriage was restored with support, treatment and dedication the Veterans Court provided . Michael was grateful for the LCVC and thanked LCVC, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist John Chandler and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) and V2VT Mentor Melvin Oggs for their support and guidance. “Thanks to everyone, my life is better than before."  Michael's wife accompanied Michael in the courtroom and expressed her appreciation for restoring their 35 year marriage.  Read the full story

April 19, 2017   Loudon, Tennessee

Loudon County 11th Veteran Court graduate, Navy Veteran Dean Dyer, told his story about how his life changed with Veterans Court. Dean was grateful for the LCVC and thanked LCVC, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist John Chandler and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) and V2VT Mentor Ken Russell for their support and guidance. “Thanks to everyone involved in getting this program going and making this a successful program for veterans."

Loudon County 12th Veteran Court graduate, Marine Veteran Larry Bingham, told his story about his opportunity to cope with the support and leadership the LCVC staff, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist Tony Weaver and V2VT.  Larry has decided to continue his sessions with Tony.  Read the full story

April 5, 2017 Madisonville, Tennessee

A Navy 22 year old Dallas Grant graduates from the Monroe County Veterans Court on Wednesday April 5, 2017 in Judge Dwaine B. Thomas’ courtroom.

The courtroom was filled with Monroe County public officers, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Centers therapist, 2 former MCVC graduates, Vet to Vet mentors and DAV mentors. According to Dallas, who gave a very emotional speech, he stated that the program including his Helen Ross McNabb Therapist Tony Weaver and his Vet to Vet Tennessee Mentor Coordinator changed his approach to life and view his future as bright.  Read the full story.

April 5, 2017 Madisonville, Tennessee

A Navy 22 year old Dallas Grant graduates from the Monroe County Veterans Court on Wednesday April 5, 2017 in Judge Dwaine B. Thomas’ courtroom.

The courtroom was filled with Monroe County public officers, Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Centers therapist, 2 former MCVC graduates, Vet to Vet mentors and DAV mentors. According to Dallas, who gave a very emotional speech, he stated that the program including his Helen Ross McNabb Therapist Tony Weaver and his Vet to Vet Tennessee Mentor Coordinator changed his approach to life and view his future as bright.  Read the full story.

December 6, 2016 Loudon,Tennessee

The Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee are very proud of Michael McGrail (USMC) and USMC James Wood for their hard work and dedication to their own recovery.  Dr. Melissa Rose, McNabb’s therapist, successfully facilitated their treatment plan (TX);  James & Michael were the first 2 Loudon County Veterans Court veterans to graduate after completing their TX with HMMS.  Read the full story

February 15, 2017 Monroe County, Tennessee

Left to right: Beverly Powell, Legal Assistant, Randy White, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Tyler Weiss, Attorney, Ellen Thomas, Judge's mother, Jeannie Wiggins, Attorney, Doris Matthews, Attorney, Michelle Flatt, Brandon Flatt, Bob Hatley, Vet to Vet TN Mentor Coordinator, Judge Dwaine B. Thomas, Don Smith, DAV SR Commander, Honorable Tim Yates, Monroe County, Taylor Thomas, Vet to Vet TN Mentor, Dean Tulfford, DAV Commander, Karl Griffith, Vet to Vet TN Mentor.[/caption]

A young Iraq Army veteran, Brandon Flatt and his wife Michelle appeared in the Monroe County Veterans Court (MCVC) today in front of MCVC  Judge Dwaine B. Thomas; but not for a hearing. Read the full story

September 12, 2016, Roane County, Tennessee

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This morning Brian Dunn, Roane County VSO, Holly Miller, 9th Judicial District DUI Coordinator, 9th Judicial District ADA Joe Caldwell, 9th Judicial District Veterans Court Mentor Coordinator Ed Junod and our justice involved Marine veteran, Zach Bishop met in the Roane County Courthouse.  After successfully completing the Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center treatment program and Vet to Vet TN Veterans Court program, Zach appeared before Judge Terry Stevens and graduated.  Semper Fi.

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Photos of the graduate Zach, his step-father and Brian Dunn

VA Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 9 leaders recognize Vet to Vet Tennessee's Veterans Court Progam

June 14, 2016 Monroe County Veterans Court, Madisonville, Tennessee.

Letter read in court "On behalf of Mr. John Patrick, Network Director for the Mid South Health Care Network (VISN 9) and the entire VISN staff, we ask that you personally extend our congratulations to George “Frank” Willis, USMC and Michael Lunnemann, US Army on their successful completion of the Monroe County Veterans’ Court Program". Read more

June 28, 2016 Loudon County Veterans Court, Loudon, Tennessee.

Letter read in court by Mountain Home VAMC Acting Facility Director Mr. Dan Snyder "On behalf of Mr. John Patrick, Network Director for the Mid South Health Care Network (VISN 9) and the entire VISN staff, we ask that you personally extend our congratulations to USMC Michael McGrail and USMC James Wood on their successful completion of the Loudon County Veterans’ Court Program"  Read more

The Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee has and is following the Tennessee Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court's one year study recommendations on Veterans Treatment Courts. 

The AOC concluded "the AOC concludes that legislation establishing a uniform, statewide VTC system in 2013 is neither necessary nor preferable.  To the contrary, the AOC concludes that such a system would be detrimental.  The most effective and cost-efficient method of assisting the largest number of men and women who have served this country is to permit each judicial district to retain the discretion to address this issue after considering the available resources and the needs of the relevant populations".  Click here to read the full report.

All Vet to Vet Tennessee Veteran Court Mentor Coordinators and Mentors have been trained by Justice For Vets (J4V). The latest J4V Veteran Mentor corps Boot Camp Program was presented in Smyrna Tennessee on September 28th & 29th.  The presentation lead by J4V Project Director David Pelletier, J.D., was superior to the other programs V2VT mentor coordinator's attended; several members have attended as many as three J4V boot camps.

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