The audience grows; Maryville woman’s play opens in larger venue

If You Go

Tonya Stoutt-Brown’s play, “Coming Home,” will be performed at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at First Baptist Church Maryville, 202 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted for Vet to Vet Tennessee, a program that helps veterans adjust to civilian life after coming home.

When Tonya Stoutt-Brown wrote and then directed her first play, “Coming Home,” she envisioned sharing it with her own small church, Immanuel Baptist, with hopes others in the community would attach themselves to the message.

The play is set in 1945 at a small Baptist Church much like Immanuel. The families there are putting together a huge pageant as one of their members, a young man, has just come home from World War II. “Coming Home” sets the scene as pageant leaders and participants clash over most everything against the backdrop of a pivotal moment in history.

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Michigan Korean War Vet Receives Ambassador for Peace Medal

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Raymond Kelly, Korean War Army Veterans who received a purple heart and Korean Service Medal with 5 bronze stars received the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal.

Mr. Kelly’s daughter, Donna, sent the below message and photos.

“Raymond Kelley received his medal. Thank you for getting it for him. My name is Donna & I take care of Raymond. He wanted to thank you too!!”

Vet to Vet Tennessee is a proud partner of the Minister, Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Republic of Korea and honored to have processed Mr. Kelley’s Ambassador for Peace Medal application.

Please help Vet to Vet Tennessee locate our Korean War veterans and help us obtain the free medal for them by applying here or by calling us at 865-336-2624.

VA’s Telehealth Care for Rural Veterans with PTSD

One in every five Servicemembers returns from combat with at least one serious mental health issue. With only 16 psychologists per every 100,000 rural residents, rural Veterans face greater access challenges when seeking mental health support.  Moreover, rural Veterans are more likely than their urban peers to suffer from current and lifetime depression or commit suicide.

The Office of Rural Health (ORH) is committed to working with our clinical partners to address these challenges through a variety of programs that connect rural Veterans with VA mental health care programs closer to home. READ MORE