Veterans Affairs

Haslam Unveils Veterans Education Task Force Report

Monday, November 10, 2014 | 01:36 pm

Report outlines initiatives to encourage veteran success in Tennessee higher education
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veterans.
 
Recommendations made by the task force are: support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices; provide opportunities for colleges and universities to compete for funding veteran-focused initiatives; and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal.

Hundreds More to be Served in Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:37 am

NASHVILLE – Through a $1.5 million federal grant, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is providing increased funding to Veterans courts in Shelby County, Montgomery County and Davidson County. The result is an expansion of services, over a three-year period, giving hundreds more service members in Tennessee the option of pursuing treatment and recovery programs rather than incarceration.

Tennessee’s Veterans Treatment Court, which helps service members and Veterans who come into the criminal justice system, will be assisting 263 more Veterans over the next three years.


TDVA Joins with the University of Tennessee and Numerous State Partners to Connect Veterans with Valuable Resources in Knox County

Monday, November 03, 2014 | 11:33 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with more than 50 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Roane Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources, and claims assistance. 

Employers such as Arby’s, Lowe’s, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Tennessee Department of Human Resources will participate in the event to recruit Veterans for open positions. 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.

Wacker Polysilicon, UT Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Seek Veterans for Jobs and Higher Education

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 11:00 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 Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk and Rhea Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

Employers such as Wacker Polysilicon, U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Department of Human Resources and Tennessee Department of Military will participate in the event to recruit Veterans for open positions. 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.

New TDVA Field Office Opens to Better Serve Middle Tennessee Veterans

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 09:06 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the opening of a new field office and the relocation of an existing field office to improve access to claims assistance for Tennessee Veterans. 

“To improve service to Middle Tennessee Veterans, we decided to open a Smyrna field office which will offer quick access to our customers located south of Nashville,” Grinder said.  “The relocation of the Cookeville field office will offer convenient claims assistance to Veteran patients receiving healthcare at a recently opened VA Outpatient Clinic.”   

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 07:00 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 | 10:48 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 | 03:21 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.


"Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up," Varney said. "They must always know they are never alone."


"The wounds of war are not always visible, but can at times manifest under the surface for some Veterans who may not realize how quickly depression can become a critical situation," Grinder said. "One suicide is too many and we are committed to increasing awareness about available resources and identifying gaps to better serve struggling Veterans."

Veteran Suicides on the Rise in Tennessee

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 12:20 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 | 08:07 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.