Coronavirus: What Veterans Need to Know

Our call centers and some VA health facilities are experiencing very high numbers of calls. To help us address the most urgent needs first, we ask that you use our online tools for routine or non-urgent questions. The CDC defines COVID-19 as a new type of coronavirus. If you have a fever, a cough, and shortness of breath, call your VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room. You can also send your doctor a secure message. Contacting us first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients. Concerns about COVID-19 can be stressful for many people, and it’s understandable to feel anxious. Let VA help. We have answers to your questions.   Learn more

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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2nd Annual FJO WVS Completed

On October 3, 2019 the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and Vet to Vet Tennessee successfully hosted the 2nd Annual Freddie J. Owens Women Veterans Summit and Rio Revolution Church in Maryville Tennessee. This is a promise fulfilled thanks to Women Veterans Committee Chairwoman Emily Hager and Co-Chairwoman Cindy Winterberger.

Click here to view the Summit photos.

We are also proud to announce the 2019 Freddie J. Owens Memorial Award recipients: Veteran recipient is Lisa Bollinger and civilian recipient Shery Davis

Award presented by Freddie's son
Award presented to Lisa by Freddie’s son, Scott Owens
Award presented to Sheryn by Emily Hager on the left and Cindy Winterberger on the right.

Open Student Auditions for “Worth It”

Here’s a chance to use your creative talents for a cause that could literally save lives! Join us for “Worth It” auditions! The show is set in a high school, so actors should be able to portray high school students ages 15 – 19.

We are looking for talented high school students to appear in a faith-based comedy/drama to get the word out that life is worth living! The performance will be Sunday night, Nov. 10 in Knoxville, TN, with final rehearsal on Nov. 9. See posts below and visit https://bit.ly/2ZXLAUF for more information!

Suicide is the 2nd cause of death amongst the youth in America. It is time we did something about it! If you would like to know more about the purpose of the play please leave us a message below or call us at 865-336-2624.

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New QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Class scheduled July 25, 2019 in Knoxville TN

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) announced today that enrollment for the July 25, 2019 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor Class is now open for registration.

The July 25th class will be hosted by the Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center, 3712 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921 from 0800 to 1500.

VTVT is providing 15 Free $500.00 scholarships for this class.

To review the scholarship requirements and/or to enroll in the July 25th class please click here. At the end of the 8 hour class you will able to save a life! Enroll now.

Blount County Business Supports 2019 Women Veterans Summit

On May 18, 2019 Treasurer’s Jewelers opened their doors with a huge sale to up support the upcoming 2019 Freddie J. Owens Women Veterans Summit which will be held at Rio Revolution Church on October 3, 2019. 10% of all of the sales will be donated to Summit. We are thankful to Alex, owner of Treasurer’s Jewelers, Don & Sheryn Davis, Emily Hager and Cindy Winterberger for arranging the event.

Registration for the event is open and free to veterans and students. We can always use sponsors to help us pay for the free tickets. Please contact Emily Hager if you need more information about sponsorship at ehager@tnvhc.org.

New QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Class scheduled June 2019 in Knoxville

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) announced today that enrollment for the May 16th QPR Instructor Class is closed.

In order to approved current scholarship requests, VTVT has been scheduled a new QPR Gatekeeper class on June 27, 2019 in Knoxville Tennessee. VTVT is providing 15 Free $500.00 scholarships for this class.

To review the scholarship requirements and/or to enroll in the June 27th class please click here. At the end of the 8 hour class you will able to save a life! Enroll now.

Service and Sacrifice: Suicide Warning Signs

Emily Hager, A Navy veteran in East Tennessee who lost her military husband to suicide is sharing their story in an effort to help families facing similar struggles. Emily is the Co-Chairwomen of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Chairwoman of Women Veterans Committee, Women Veteran Advocate for Vet to Vet Tennessee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Tennessee Knoxville and a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor.

A happy beginning with her Navy husband turned tragic for Emily.

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