The George P. Thomas Memorial Award.

George Thomas, was a lifelong citizen of Blount County, a Vietnam War Veteran, a 35-year Alcoa retiree after and one of the original 23 members of the VA Knoxville Outpatient Clinic’s PTSD work group.  George was the first member of the work group to pass away on July 19, 2012 due to agent orange cancer.

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Because of George’s commitment to his country, family and the group, his continued service & sacrifice, faith and leadership, the group flourished.  Our memory of his loyalty, kindness, gentleness and faithfulness helped foster the creation of Vet to Vet Tennessee during extremely difficult times.  The new vision and mission was simple: “Each One, Reach One, Teach One.”  Each brother and sister are to cover each other’s 6.  After George’s final journey, the group began each meeting in honor of George and with a prayer.

Over the past 6 years God has blessed VTVT, its members, veterans & their families and countless Veteran/Military Congregations and Ministries with their support and prayers.  We needed to show our gratitude and joy for the spiritual support we received from hundreds of faith-based organization and spirit lead individuals.  Designing the award name and purpose was simple: live and give like George Thomas.  It took several months for numerous contributors to finalize the “George P. Thomas Memorial Award.” 

Click here to view the George A. Thomas Memorial Award Recipients

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