MCA’s Executive Director’s Notes – Women Veterans Summit

Executive Director’s Notes

This past Thursday I was fortunate to be able to attend the Women Veterans’ Summit in Knoxville, supported by Vet to Vet Tennessee. VTVT is one of MCA’s strategic partners with the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC) ministry. They along with along with the Episcopal Church’s lay men’s organization, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BSA) work together to help congregations across our land to be more military friendly. Continue reading “MCA’s Executive Director’s Notes – Women Veterans Summit”

Summit Mission Complete!

October 4, 2018 the Inaugural Freddie J. Owens Women Veterans Summit was successfully completed.

“I can’t say thank you enough to God for orchestrating everything and to the people involved in pulling this event off. The sponsors, production team, speakers, attendees, worship team, volunteers, caterer… EVERYONE was so incredibly helpful and kind. Such an honor to be among great people! Mr. Freddie is proud! Vet to Vet Tennessee, Redemption Church U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mayor Madeline Rogero Tim Burchett for Congress Jerome Moon for State Representative”.  Emily Hager, Chairwoman Women Veterans Committee

The first annual Freddie J. Owens Memorial Honor award was present to the first two recipients:
Redemption Church Pastor Ed King and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

The second annual Freddie J. Owens Women Veterans Summit will be help on October 3, 2019 at our Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation, Rio Revolution in Maryville TN.

We were blessed to have so many Women Veterans in attendance.

Click here to view summit photos.

Vet to Vet TN preparing for Women Veterans Summit

Knoxville Regional Veteran Mental Health Council Co-Chairwoman and Chairwoman Women Veterans Summit Emily Hager is helping pull the summit together in early October and explains the event.  Note: Event is being held at Redemption Church not Redemption Church International as listed on the video below.

Click here to register now!

VTVT Prepares for Suicide Prevention Training at the Women Veterans Summit

In preparation for the Summit,  Vet to Vet Tennessee  recently trained 17 QPR Suicide Prevention Instructors on August 20, 2018.   The summit’s agenda includes training up to 500 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers.

Vet to Vet Tennessee (Vet to Vet TN (VTVT) received grants from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee and several individual donors to help VTVT train suicide prevention advocates.  The donations allowed VTVT to grant seventeen $500.00 scholarships.  Continue reading “VTVT Prepares for Suicide Prevention Training at the Women Veterans Summit”

Helping Hands program giving away shoes and school supplies to kids in need

As the time to head back to school approaches Rio Revolution Church in Maryville Tennessee is giving away free shoes and school supplies to thousands of kids in need; actual attendance was over 8,250 with 670 volunteers.  The Rio Revolution Church is a proud member of the Military Chaplains Association of America’s /Military Friendly Congregation and conducted their 14th annual “Helping Hands” program.

“One gentleman who is a grandfather, was leaving the group after I spoke and he turned around and he looked at me and said ‘if it wasn’t for this event these grandchildren would not have shoes because my daughter is in prison’,” said Pastor Pacer Hepperly Rio Revolution.  “He said thank you so much for just doing this.”  Continue reading “Helping Hands program giving away shoes and school supplies to kids in need”

Ticket Specials!

One goal of the Women Veterans Summit is to bring women veterans from different generations together to celebrate and support each other. As women veterans are the fastest growing group of veterans, we hope to bring the college-aged veterans in to prepare for their futures in the VA. Also, we can all relate to each other in many ways from careers to families. To encourage registration, college students attendance is FREE with presentation of ID on the day of the event. Please still register to be added to the food count.

Original ticket cost is only $20.00. We do currently have an Early Bird Special on sale now for $15.00. Please take advantage of this sale at registration.

Network Establishing Reunions!

Welcome Home Mr. Henry Hunter Jr. from Fountain City, TN! We at Vet to Vet Tennessee had been reached from Lombardy, Italy about a WWII American Airman dog tag found in wooded, mountainous area of Italy. Through our partnerships with the Knox County Mayors Office and one of our Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations Fountain City United Methodist Church, we found Mr. Hunter’s family, and Mr. Hunter was a B-17 pilot that crash landed in the river in Italy during WWII. “He and his crew made a raft using the wing of the craft, and they floated down the river until they met up with Italian partisans who assisted them in returning to American forces.” Such an honor to assist in bringing an artifact home from our soldiers and inform his family within 24 hours!

Registration OPEN


Registration for the Freddie J. Owens Women Veterans Summit opened July 4th! In honor of opening day, we handed out fliers and beads at the Farragut 4th of July Parade alongside other veterans of the Knox County area. Thank you everyone for the wonderful time and please help us spread the word about the event. Tickets are available under the Registration tab and also on Facebook at There are also many avenues to donate and help us celebrate our women veterans!