Monroe County Veterans Court’s Graduate

May 23, 2018.  Madisonville, TN.

Air Force veteran Keith Duncan completes the Monroe County Veterans Court (VC) program with the support and care from Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center Clinical Therapist Tony Weaver, Monroe County VC Judge Dwaine B. Thomas, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) VC Mentor Coordinator Bob Hatley and VTVT mentors.

Members of the Monroe County DAV, council members of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and several mentors attended the celebration.  Also in court this afternoon were members the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

After the graduation, Judge Thomas asked VTVT members to stay to witness the swearing in of three new CASA volunteers.   The court also recognized that Vet to Vet Tennessee is now assisting veterans in the family court/DCS system.  A partnership between CASA and VTVT will be very beneficial to the children of Monroe County.  Click here to view the graduation photos.

Congratulations Kevin!  Pay it forward.  Thank you Monroe County for caring for your citizens.

Repairs For Heroes Completes 2 more projects

The last two Saturdays were very busy for the partners of the Repairs for Heroes (RFH) program.  Partners Blount County Habitat for Humanity and Maryville Amvets Post 22 completed two wheel-chair ramps for one disabled veteran and one disabled Vietnam War Veteran widow.

These programs would not have been possible without the generosity and labor of the members of the Maryville Amvets Post 22.  We also want to thank Joe Rainwater for his construction leader and project management.

The featured image includes (left to right) Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) President Ed Junod, veteran widow Betty Watson and Amvets Post 22 Commander Mark Frederick.

RFH team are now conducting after action reports after the completion of the project.  First lessons learned:  We have a GREAT team!  Several improvements in the construction process were identified and will be implemented in the future project including quality control.

Special recognition to Lowe’s for providing a substantial discount for Mrs. Watson ramp.

VTVT and Amvets Post 22 will be introducing the RFH program at the upcoming Amvets Tennessee convention in June 2018.  The convention will be held at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg TN from June 7th to the 10th.

Click here to view more photos.

VA Announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (‘CARE’) Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 16, 2017

Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities.

In order to meet Veterans’ needs quickly and in a way that is easy to understand, the bill aims to:

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Clarify and simplify eligibility requirements,

  • Set the framework for VA to continue to build a high-performing network,
  • Streamline clinical and administrative processes,
  • Implement new care coordination support for Veterans, and
  • Merge and modernize community care programs.

“We want Veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best for their clinical needs, whether in the VA or in the community, and this bill does just that, while strengthening VA services at the same time,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.

The bill would replace the current wait-time and distance eligibility criteria under the Choice Program (“30-day/40-mile”) with criteria that:

  • Place the Veteran and his or her physician at the center of the decision process on how and where to get the best care available,
  • Ensure VA is improving medical facilities and staffing levels to meet Veterans’ needs in areas where VA care is substandard, and
  • Offer options for Veterans to use a network of walk-in clinics for minor illnesses and injuries.

The CARE Act also includes:

  • Proposals for new workforce tools to assist in maintaining and strengthening VA’s world-class medical staff,
  • A number of business process enhancements to improve financial management of the Community Care program
  • Provisions that would strengthen VA’s ability to partner with other federal agencies and streamline VA’s real property management authorities.

More information about access to care at the VA can be found at: https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/

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WW II POW Honored on POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 15, 2017  Knoxville, Tennessee

Elmcroft of West Knoxville and Vet to Vet TN (V2VT) hosted a POW/MIA event to recognize one of America’s great heroes, World War II Army POW Robert William Chadwick.

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V2VT is grateful to Knox County Mayor Burchett and Director Robert Buzwell for participating in the celebration.  We also want to thank Pat Anderson, Elmcroft Healthy Lifestyes Director, for coordinating the event and V2VT President Freddie Owens for the invocation.  Also attending was the VA Knoxville Outpatient Clinic Medical Director Dr. Andrew Sexton. September 15th  2017 was National POW/MIA recognition day and the weather and the participates were wonderful.

The event was humbling, patriotic and awe inspiring because of the presence of Robert.   If you ever want to know what Freedom is ask a POW.

Mayor Burchett presented Robert with the Knox County POW/MIA proclamation and V2VT Vice President Randall Scott presented Robert with the Joseph “JL” Tucker Memorial Award.

Robert was overwhelmed with joy and appreciation.  The photo on the right demonstrates just how happy Robert was yesterday.

Click here to view the photos taken during the event

Click here to listen to the Channel 8 news video

Everyone who had an opportunity to meet Robert were inspired and grateful to one of America’s true heroes.

If you would like to send Robert a message or greeting please mail it to:

Mr. Robert W. Chadwick, 8024 Gleason Drive, Knoxville, TN  37919

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