Veterans Affairs

Governor Haslam Proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Week; Seven Service Members Recovered and Returned Since 2011

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 08:00 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 19-25, 2014 as POW/MIA Recognition Week.  Since 2011, the remains of seven Tennessee service members who previously listed as Missing In Action (MIA) were recovered and returned to their country. 

TDVA Connects Veterans with Jobs, Higher Education and Other Valuable Resources in Sevier County

Friday, September 12, 2014 | 11:48 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with nearly 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Blount, Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

Representatives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, as well as Carson Newman University and Walter State Community College will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Wednesday, September 24 from 10am to 2pm at the Tennessee National Guard Armory at 1856 Ridge Road in Sevierville. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Tennessee Department of Human Resources and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.

Veteran Suicides on the Rise in Tennessee

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 01:20 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney and Tennessee Department Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the number of suicides by Veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month which is an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic trend and the resources available to offer support.

Shelbyville Soldier Missing for Nearly 70 Years will be Laid to Rest

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 09:07 am
PFC Cecil Harris went missing January 2, 1945
PFC Cecil Harris went missing January 2, 1945

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville.  Harris was serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division on January 2, 1945 when his platoon was holding a defensive position in Dambach, France near the German border during World War II.  The platoon came under attack and had to make a hasty withdrawal.  When the platoon was able to regroup, fellow soldiers realized PFC Harris was missing.  He was 19 years old.

TDVA Veteran Outreach and Job Fair in Washington County Offers Connection to Valuable Resources

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 07:05 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with nearly 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Carter, Greene, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

Representatives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as East Tennessee State University, King College and Northeast State College, will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Friday, August 15 from 10am to 2pm at Armed Forces Center at 253 Don May Road, in Johnson City.  Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Tennessee Department of Human Resources and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  

Governor Haslam Announces New State Veterans Cemetery

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 09:00 am
Sign posted at the entrance of the 132-acre property
Sign posted at the entrance of the 132-acre property

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the future site of the fifth state veterans cemetery will be in Parkers Crossroads. 

The 132-acre Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in west Tennessee. 

Governor Haslam to Formally Announce the Future Tennessee State Veterans Cemtery at Parkers Crossroads

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 01:05 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will join state Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), state Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Parkers Crossroads Mayor Kenneth Kizer, Henderson County Mayor Dan Hughes and West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee Chair Chris Dangler to formally announce the future site of the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads.

The 132-acre Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in West Tennessee.

Jobs, Education and Other Valuable Resources at Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair in Houston County

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 03:44 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with more than 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

Representatives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as Bethel University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Daymar Institute, North Central Institute, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Friday, July 18 from 10am to 2pm at Erin City Hall at 15 Hill Street in Erin.  Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Tennessee Department of Human Resources and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  

Partners also include Veteran supporters Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson), Representative John C. Tidwell (D-New Johnsonville) and Representative Tim Wirgau (R-Buchanan).

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Clarksville on Wednesday, June 25

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 10:26 am

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, and other state and community leaders will discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Clarksville on Wednesday, June 25. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

Jobs, Education and Other Valuable Resources at Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair in Cumberland County

Monday, June 09, 2014 | 06:10 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with U.S. Congressman Diane Black, State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston), Senator Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey), Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton), Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston),  Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) and Representative Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) as well as more than 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Overton, Putnam, Rhea and White Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

Representatives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as Bethel University, Tennessee Technological University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Volunteer State Community College will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Tuesday, June 10 from 10am to 2pm at the Community County Community Complex in Crossville.  Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.