Governor Bill Lee sends a video message during the Robert “Bob” Hatley Veterans Service Center dedication

Today Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram signed a proclamation naming the Monroe County Veterans Service Center in honor of Bob Hatley.

Governor promised to attend, but just like so many others, were unable due to the virus. However, Governor Lee sent County Mayor Mitch Ingram a video message. Here is the link to Governor Lee’s video message!ArYmL3AleWJygfJphKAYIRz3tCAMAQ?e=NdnMZS

Mayor Ingram was streaming live the celebration. Here is the link to the video:

Thank you to those of you who were able to attended today. The day was sad and exciting but one thing was for sure, we were all thankful we knew Bob. In the next few days we will publish a post on our website with more information about the dedication.

VA Supporting Women Veterans

VA Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers recently hosted a series of chats and live events that focused on VA support of women Veterans. Watch the series or browse the questions asked on Veteran business, whole health, appeals, benefits, reproductive health services, and more. Watch.

1st Public Meeting in the Robert “Bob” Hatley Monroe County VSC

On September 16, 2020, Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) hosted their first public meeting in the new Robert “Bob” Hatley Monroe County Veterans Service Center in Madisonville Tennessee.

The first event was to honor Korean War Air Force Veteran Walter Price with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal and proclamation.  Presenting the proclamation from the Republic of Korea Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister was Monroe County Mitch Ingram.  Presenting the medal was VTVT Vice President Randall Scott.

Also in attendance: Monroe County General Sessions and Veterans Court Judge Dwaine Thomas Mr. Price’s family, Bob’s daughter and son, his partner Mary Wolfe, Monroe County Veterans Service Officer Andy Boyd and members of VTVT.

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In person QPR Suicide Prevention training returns!

On Sunday, September 13, 2020 Vet to Vet Tennessee’s QPR Instructor trained an in-person class for the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson Airbase.  This is VTVT’s first in person class since our last military training at MEPS in March 2020.

Emily Hager received the request for training from G Dean Sinclair, PhD, LICSW Director of Psychological Health 134th Air Refueling Wing.  VTVT has been a partner with the ARW since 2016 and have numerous individuals from the base in our Veterans Court, Peer Support and suicide prevention.  We are grateful to Dr. Sinclair for allowing us to teach 31 of his team.

Training and support is needed more now due to the pandemic. Please contact us at 865-336-2624 if you would like more information about our QPR Suicide Prevention programs.

Click here to view the after action report (AAR) of the training.

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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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.

“The VA-OnStar partnership aims to promote suicide prevention and reduce deaths by suicide by providing additional resources to Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This partnership will help Veterans access suicide prevention support services and assistance directly and immediately. More than 400 VA suicide prevention coordinators and their teams, located at every VA medical center, connect Veterans with care and educate the community about suicide prevention programs and resources daily.” 

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