Trump signs landmark veterans health care bill named for SEAL Team 6 leader

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, into law. 

“This legislation moves America closer to a goal that all citizens can support: increasing the local resources available to our men and women who answered the call to defend this Nation. This law will expand mental health care services at VA facilities and at the same time provide grants to make it easier for Veterans to access non-VA resources in their communities. 

“Care in the community is a critical component of our effort to end Veteran suicide. About 60 percent of the Veterans who die by suicide aren’t getting care from VA, so it’s vital we do all we can to offer intervention and care to Veterans where they live. This bill takes a strong and meaningful step in that direction.” Read more

Cocke/Jefferson County Expungement Clinic

On a beautiful Saturday in Eastern Tennessee, the University of Tennessee College of Law and Vet to Vet Tennessee partnered with three 4th Judicial District Judges, Hon. O. Duane Slone, Hon. Dennis Roach II, and Hon. Carter Moore to conduct a Community Court to help hundreds of Cocke/Jefferson county citizens with prior criminal records. The court was held at the First Baptist Church of Dandridge. This is the fourth year that UT College of Law and Vet to Vet Tennessee have sponsored an Expungement Clinic. This is the first time the team had to deal with the pandemic and with the support and guidance of the UT Nurses, we were able to conduct the court safely in person. The logistic added extra logistics and cost but the results we “Worth It”. The results are still being tabulated and we will publish information as soon as they are completed. In the meantime please click here to view the 85+ volunteers who participated in the clinic. We think this is the best clinic to date! Thank you, Prof. Joy Radice and Karla Mendez. Thank you Vet to Vet TN volunteers Sheryn Davis, Pat Junod, Dr. Emily Hager, Melvin Oggs, Randall Scott, Don Davis, and Ed Junod. The next Expungement Clinic is scheduled for March 6, 2021, in Monroe County at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville, TN.

Study: Different emotions may drive male, female Veterans to attempt suicide

A new VA study finds that men and women are harboring different thoughts in the moments before they decide to die by suicide. “Women feel personally like they are not worth anything, and men feel like the world has sort of let them down,” says the lead author, Dr. Lauren Denneson. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: ©iStock/tommaso79)

The findings appeared online in the journal Social Science & Medicine in September 2020.

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“Dad Would Have Loved It”

Son accepts Fathers Ambassador for Peace Medal

President of Vet to Vet Tennessee reads a proclamation from the Republic of South Korea honoring Reed Michael Conkin’s involvement in restoring freedom and democracy to the south during the Korean War. Standing with Junod were Conklin’s son and daughter-in-law, Stacy and Wendi, holding the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal was Service Officer and Vet to Vet TN’s Chaplain Melvin Oggs, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5156 Commander Wayne Grayson.

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