VTVT September 16, 2020 events

Vet to Vet Tennessee have two special events scheduled for September 16th at 1100 at Vet to Vet Tennessee’s new office located at 403 Tellico Street N, Madisonville, TN.

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The first event is to present the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal to Air Force Korean War Veteran Walter Price.  VTVT has partnered with Monroe County Veterans Service Officer Andy Boyd and The Monroe County Buzz to help us identify Korean War Veterans.  The Buzz published a front page article about VTVT’s Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal program on July 18, 2020.

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VIRTUAL Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans September 16


Knoxville Bar Association and Legal Aid of East Tennessee Offer VIRTUAL Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans on September 16

For Immediate Release                                             

Contact: Tracy Chain, Lawyer Referral & Information Service Administrator, (865) 522-6522 or Caitlin Torney, Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, (865)637-0484

Please feel free to print and share a copy of our flyer for this event.  

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that a VIRTUAL Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans will be held on September 16, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in an effort to serve veterans without the potential hazards of an in-person clinic.

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2020 Community Urgent Needs Grant

We are grateful to announce that Vet to Vet Tennessee received a 2020 Community Urgent Needs Grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee on August 21, 2020; this is our third grant from Trinity since 2018. We are truly blessed and honored. The funds will used for our Veterans and School Student Suicide Prevention Program.

Part of the funds will go to the Monroe County School District Vet to Vet TN “Worth It” program which we hope will resume in Spring semester 2020.  The remaining funds will be used in other local schools or school districts.  Please find attached is the August 21, 2020 confirmation letter signed by The Very Reverend John Ross, Chair and H. Lee Martin, Ph.D., President. Thank you Chairwoman Emily Hager for preparing the grant proposal.

Trinity’s mission is a healing ministry of Jesus by serving the body, mind, and spirit of our community.

VA partners with OnStar to bring suicide prevention services to Veterans with the push of a button

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is partnering with OnStar’s emergency services to improve access to suicide prevention resources for Veterans.

This partnership will offer Veterans in crisis the opportunity to be transferred to around-the-clock, confidential support via VA’s Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) when they use the emergency services button in an OnStar-equipped vehicle or OnStar Guardian smartphone app.

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The NEW VA Rx Refill Mobile App

The NEW Rx Refill Mobile App: You can request refills of your refillable VA-issued prescriptions, track VA prescription deliveries, view VA prescription history from the convenience of your mobile device.

Four ways to refill your VA prescriptions during the pandemic:

  1. Online with MyHealtheVet 
  2. The NEW Rx Refill Mobile App 
  3. Call your local VA Pharmacy number on the prescription label
  4. By mail: VA Refill Form
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Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019

We are proud to inform you that President Trump signed H.R. 886 – Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019 on August 8, 2020.  This will provide approximately $20 million dollars to the VA and Homeland Security to help over 600 Veterans Courts throughout the country.
Not sure about the details but we a excited that our President and Congress recognize the need.  The Act mentions the Country has over 600 Veterans Courts in the Country.  Note: Justice for Vets has trained over 250 Veterans Treatment Courts, so there are many others who do not use Justice for Vets program.
When we (Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee) started in 2013 there were less than a hundred VTCs and only 83 VTC trained mentors.  Thanks for all of your support and prayers.

VFW Post 5156 Supports Suicide Prevention, Education

On Tuesday, July 10, 2020, Monroe County Veterans of Foreign Wars Gold Star Post 5156 in Sweetwater Tennessee donates $500.00 to Vet to Vet Tennessee during a joint meeting of the two organizations. Presenting the check was post commander Wayne Grayson and to his left Monroe County Director of Schools Dr. Deanna McClendon accepted the money on behalf of Vet to Vet Tennessee, funds that will be directed towards suicide prevention efforts and scholarship opportunities for students and education. This is part of the newly developed “Worth It” program designed for middle and high schools in East Tennessee. Vet to Vet Tennessee is grateful for the support and donation not only from the VFW post but also Monroe County.

Original Member of Vet to Vet Tennessee lost on Monday

Rev. Robert (Bob) Hatley, age 78, of Madisonville, passed away 0130. Monday, April 27, 2020 at U.T. Medical Center.

Bob was a graduate of Madisonville High School. He retired from M & M Mars Company and was a member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church, Tellico Masonic Lodge # 80, Vonore O.E.S. Chapter 383, and Monroe County DAV #93. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnan War. He was one of the original 23 members of Legacy Peer Support Group, Secretary of Vet to Vet Tennessee and the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Court Coordinator and Mentor of the Monroe County Veterans Court. He loved helping the veteran’s community.

Bob’s selflessness, generosity, and dedication to others had an impact on Monroe County, Vet to Vet Tennessee, and anyone who knew him. We have been blessed in life to be in the presence of a strong male role model. Although he continued to struggle with the memories of his service in Vietnam, he neveronce lost focus on his comrades.  God blessed us knowing you brother.  Welcome Home!  We will never forget you. 

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