Thanks to Vet to Vet TN President Freddie Owens, veterans in Columbia MO were recognized and remembered for their service in the Vietnam War. On October 22, 2017 Columbia MO veterans were presented with the Vietnam War Commemoration presidential proclamation and lapel pin.Click here to Read More
“We got to celebrate my father-in-law and his time served in the Army during Vietnam. He was wounded in action and thank God he was able to return home! He is an inspiration to me, his 3 sons and his grandchildren! He is currently fighting cancer and being able to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people was a true blessing! The last man pinned in this video is Jim my father-in-law and the man pinning him is his son Les! What an awesome moment!” James C Young Les Young William Gregory Geneva Young
October 28, 2017 was a memorable experience for hundreds of citizens and volunteers who participated in the first FREE Knox County Expungement Clinic at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center despite the inclement weather.
A new loving community emerged as over 300 individuals were served by over 100 volunteers. People caring and helping each other made this event a miracle.
Each person left the clinic with joy, relief, jubilance, and gratitude; many with tears of happiness. Many thanked the volunteers for “changing my life.” The Beck was packed from 8:45 am till 3:00 pm, three hours longer than scheduled; special thanks to General Sessions Judge Chuck Cerny and Municipal Court Judge John Rosson Jr. and Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen who agreed to “stay until everyone in the building was served.” Click here to Read More
The expungement clinic is a partnership among Knoxville Community Step Up, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, The University of Tennessee College of Law and Vet to Vet Tennessee with volunteers from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance, the Knoxville Bar Association, the Knoxville Barristers (the Young Lawyers Division of KBA), Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.
“Thank you all so very much. Together we were able to accomplish so much more that we could have on our own! It was truly the epitome of fellowship, solidarity, and collaboration.” 10-30-17 Professor Joy Radice, UT College of Law
Vet to Vet Tennessee’s volunteers included Don Davis, Freddie Owens, Ed Junod, Karl Griffith and Randall Scott.
Monroe County General Sessions and Veterans Court Judge Dwaine B. Thomas attended the clinic and agreed to schedule an Expungement Clinic in Monroe and surrounding Counties with a partnership with the Expungement team in March 2018.
We thank God for this amazing life changing event and the countless unnamed volunteers. Click here to view more clinic photos.
If you like to share your comments about the event or would more information about the Monroe County Expungement Clinic please leave a message below or contact Vet to Vet Tennessee at 865-336-2624.
Congressional Testimony: Veteran Suicide
If you have a few minutes you will find Dr. Craig J. Bryan’s testimony to the Senate Committee of Veterans’ Affairs of interest.
Dr. Bryan’s testimony, “Of greatest relevance to the current hearing, from 2001 to 2014 the suicide rate among Veterans who do not use VA services increased by 39% from 2001 to 2014, whereas the suicide rate among VA users increased by only 9%.” But most relevant is this quote: “…only 30% of all Veterans who died by suicide were VA users, which means the considerable majority of suicides are occurring among Veterans external to the VA.”Click here to Read More
Dr. Byran acknowledges that suicide prevention efforts must extend to the 70% of veterans beyond the VA.
At the same hearing on September 27, 2017, John D. Daigh, Jr., M.D., Cpa Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans’ Affairs concluded “Strategies that envision extending VHA’s efforts to prevent suicide to those veterans who do not receive care through VHA, that move beyond the prediction of who is at risk to an actionable timeframe when a veteran maybe at highest risk to attempt suicide, and efforts to advance communication through advance directives and related strategies may lessen the risk that a veteran will suicide.”
These are our veterans. They are living in our communities. They are all around us. Identification and referral through QPR training is one way to help these veterans. We must train their friends, family members, employers, and healthcare providers.