September 11, 2017 Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) approved their first recognition award in honor of JL Tucker; former VP of VTVT. The award is recognize individuals and/or organizations who demonstrates the ethos, love and service of JL Tucker. The award is known as the 2017 JL Tucker Memorial Award.
Joseph “JL” Tucker was a Vietnam Army Veteran who served during the Ia Drang battle. JL was not in the battle, but volunteered to help the wounded and dead soldiers off the helicopters from the battle. This event forever ravaged JL’ life including his family. After 50 years, JL found God and Vet to Vet TN which changed his life, including his wife and two daughters forever. JL was elected Vice President of VTVT and served for 2 years before his death from agent orange related conditions. JL’s remaining years were dedicated to God, County, his family and the American veterans. JL connected with veterans in need up to a few hours before his unconsciousness. JL never complained and never stopped giving.Click here to Read More
“O God of mercy, peace, and love, we remember before You in this moment our brother, friend and hero JL. We recall with gratitude and respect all that JL stood for in this life.”
“Help us to live in the companionship of his spirit. May we be kind to the family, friends, and LPG members he loved; devoted to the community in which he lived; and loyal to the causes which he served. Thus, in our life, may he live on, to our great comfort, to the betterment of Your creation, and to the furthering of Your most Holy Will. Amen.” The Tucker Family November 24, 2014.
Before his retirement he was employed as a coal miner for twenty-five years, working primarily at Devonia Coal on New River.
His most important work on earth was being Vice President of VTVT and a peer facilitator for the Legacy Peer Support Group.
Most of all he loved his family, and he always worked, sacrificing himself to give to them and others. He got great joy from his precious grandchildren. He will truly be missed by all who loved him.
In October 2017, VTVT received an email from Mountain Home VAMC Chief of Chaplain Service Cliff Vicars. In his closing statement he wrote “Pray and work…for God and Country. That closing statement sums up JL Tucker’s life.
You can listen to JL’s testimony that he recorded in March 2014 or
listen to his families’ testimony that they recorded in January 2015.
Here is a list of the Joseph “JL” Tucker Memorial Award recipients.
9-13-17 – Honorable Monroe County General Sessions & Veteran Court Judge Duane B. Thomas.
10-18-17 Mountain Home VAMC Associate Chief of Staff Mental Health Dr. Heidi Vermette. October 18, 2107