New Design for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal

After 5 years of working with the Soo Ha from the Office of Defense Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Korea Soo has retired. Soo has helped Vet to Vet Tennessee provide hundreds of happy moments celebrating the lives of our American Korean War Heroes Because of Soo’s dedication, admiration and respect he has helped us present the Ambassador for Peace Medal to over 200 American Korean War Veterans across the country; 44 states. Several of the recipients fought in the Chosin Reservoir.

On February 11, 2020 Soo Ha was replaced with Unyou Noh (Katie Noh). Several days after our introduction Katie shipped 13 newly designed Ambassador for Peace Medals to Vet to Vet Tennessee. Because of her prompt attention to her new position, the facilitated response allowed Vet to Vet Tennessee provide the medals to two (2) Korean War Veterans before the passed. Thank you Katie.

If you or your loved one served in Korea during the Korean War and would like to apply for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal please click here to determine if you are eligible and if so apply online.

Judge Joins Veterans in Support of New County Veterans Center.

March 2, 2020. The Monroe County Buzz published the following article.

“Old General Sessions Court Building Eyed for Vet’s In an item discussed at the February county commission meeting on Thursday, County Mayor Mitch Ingram revealed that plans were underway to renovate the old now unoccupied Witt courtroom annex on Hickory and Tellico streets and upgrade its function as a new veteran’s center.

The building was the former structure of Monroe County General Sessions and Juvenile Courts, both of which moved with Judge Dwaine Thomas into the new Highway 68 justice center last month.

In a letter to Ingram dated February 18, Thomas said he met with veteran Bob Hatley of Vet to Vet Tennessee, an “invaluable resource” to the county.  Vet to Vet Tennessee provides service at no charge and no obligation to the county, Thomas said, and in his and Hatley’s opinion the building should be reassigned as a “Veteran Community Services Building.”  Thomas recommended placing the county’s veteran services officer Andy Boyd, Vet to Vet Tennessee, and Helen Ross McNabb Center within the building as a “one stop shop” for veterans and their families, effectively using the place for obtaining benefits and services that included counseling and treatment.

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Pilot Youth Suicide Prevention Program approved!

As of February 13, 2020, VTVT’s “Worth It” Suicide Prevention Youth Program has been unanimously approved in its entirety by the Monroe County School Board. The link to the School Board discussion is below. This is a three-phase suicide prevention program.

  1. Guidance Counselors – Guidance Counselors in every middle and high school will be trained as certified QPR Instructors as well as receive advance training for suicide screening and referral. Completed on January 6, 2020.
  2. Students – All middle and high school students will be trained as certified QPR Gatekeepers yearly. Begins March 3, 2020; to be complete by May 2020
  3. Community – Veteran Military Friendly Congregations within major cities of Monroe County will be hosting “Worth It” Suicide Prevention play with cast from the school students.  Play tentatively scheduled for May 2020.

We are extraordinarily grateful for the Monroe County Schools for accepting our pilot program to prevent suicide in youth.

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We are grateful for all of your support, guidance and care.

TN Governor Bill Lee Recognizes teen suicide as a state health crisis

On February 3, 2020 TN Governor Bill Lee signed HJR 0001 “Statement of Intent or Position – Recognizes teen suicide as a health crisis in Tennessee.”  This bill was originally introduced on November 7, 2018.  In which time the rate of TN suicides surpassed the national rate according to YRBSS definitely qualifying youth suicide as a crisis.

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