Alcoa Veteran amputee finds growth while mowing lawn

Mowing the lawn is usually a chore many of us dread this time of year. But one Alcoa Veteran actually looks forward to it. Steve Lundy said he finds freedom in the same housework many feel trapped doing. “It felt absolutely great,” Lundy said. “I mowed this yard twice.”

He said mowing the lawn isn’t a burden, but instead an opportunity. In November 2019, this war veteran became a prisoner in his own home.

“I was feeling down in the dumps,” he told WVLT News reporter Robert Grant. “I couldn’t get out of my own house.” Lundy lost his leg last November because of poor circulation. He said he could either get it amputated or risk death.

An East Tennessee group, ‘Vet to Vet Tennessee’ stepped in to help and built Lundy a ramp leading up the front of his home. Click here to view the WVLT video report.

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12 New QPR Gatekeeper Instructors

Congratulation Class of May 16, 2019!

Twelve more QPR Gatekeeper Instructors graduated on May 16, 2019.  We want to thank Vet to Vet Tennessee’s sponsor, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, for providing the financial support to provide these 12 graduates with free scholarships to attend this class. We are thank Pastor Aaron McCarter, Maryville Vineyard Church, for hosting the event.

We thank the graduates for their time, effort and dedication and pray they will have the strength and courage to “Ask the Question.”

Graduates listed from left to right:

Jason Goodman – Lifeline – Metro Drug Coalition Howard Bowlin – Spiritual Liaison and Veterans Program – Cornerstone of Recovery Ed Junod – QPR Master Instructor – Vet to Vet Tennessee Cindy Winterberger – Clinic Social Worker – Covenant Homehealth/Hospice Lori Jordan – Resource Coordinator – Covenant Health/Hope Center Angela Obear – Counselor – Pellissippi State Community College CJ Counts – Senior Pastor – Grace of the Lord Church, Aurora Colorado Kirk Schlabaugh – Youth Sponsor – Maryville Vineyard Church Sam McGhee – Youth Pastor – Maryville Vineyard Church Robert Brooks – Veterans Court Mentor – Vet to Vet Tennessee Michael Watkins – Lieutenant – Loudon County Sheriff Office Sheila McGinty – Student – University of Tennessee Steve Davis – Soundperson – Community Baptist Church

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New QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Class scheduled June 2019 in Knoxville

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) announced today that enrollment for the May 16th QPR Instructor Class is closed.

In order to approved current scholarship requests, VTVT has been scheduled a new QPR Gatekeeper class on June 27, 2019 in Knoxville Tennessee. VTVT is providing 15 Free $500.00 scholarships for this class.

To review the scholarship requirements and/or to enroll in the June 27th class please click here. At the end of the 8 hour class you will able to save a life! Enroll now.

Service and Sacrifice: Suicide Warning Signs

Emily Hager, A Navy veteran in East Tennessee who lost her military husband to suicide is sharing their story in an effort to help families facing similar struggles. Emily is the Co-Chairwomen of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Chairwoman of Women Veterans Committee, Women Veteran Advocate for Vet to Vet Tennessee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Tennessee Knoxville and a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor.

A happy beginning with her Navy husband turned tragic for Emily.

“As time progressed, I realized he was isolating himself…wouldn’t really reach out to friends that he had,” recalled Ms. Hager about her husband Kevin who took his own life three years ago.

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