Veterans Affairs

Governor Haslam and Commissioner Grinder Continue Tradition to Recognize Vietnam Veterans

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 08:38 am
Vietnam Veteran Memorial at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville
Vietnam Veteran Memorial at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced March 29, 2015 as Vietnam Veterans Day to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.

On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam.  Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia.  Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War and 1,295 Tennessee service members were killed.  There are currently 27 Tennesseans missing in action (MIA) in connection with the Vietnam War. 

In 2008, Tennessee became the first state to proclaim a Vietnam Veterans Day.

More Than 50 Campuses Participate in Inaugural Veteran Education Academy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE – Senior campus leaders, student affairs personnel and student veteran organization representatives from more than 50 higher education institutions today joined the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Drive to 55, the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and Austin Peay State University at the inaugural Veteran Education Academy, an initiative to learn and share best practices in support of student veteran success in Tennessee. 

The event is part of the larger discussion Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder are encouraging around the state to improve access to higher education for student veterans.

Haslam formed the Veterans Education Task Force in November, 2013 and appointed Grinder as the chair.  Last year Haslam approved the recommendations of the Task Force which included the Veteran Education Academy, the 1 million dollar Tennessee Reconnect competitive funding grant and a comprehensive veteran web portal which will be launched in the spring. 

Inaugural Veteran Education Academy to be Hosted at Austin Peay State University

Friday, March 06, 2015 | 02:44 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Drive to 55, the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and Austin Peay State University will host the inaugural Veteran Education Academy.  

Senior campus leaders, student affairs personnel and student veteran organization representatives from more than 50 higher education institutions will attend the event with the objective of learning to support student veterans success in Tennessee.  The one day event will include presentations from Student Veterans of America, the American Council on Education and discussions to create or improve action plans to recruit, retain and support student veterans through to graduation.

All Tennessee State Veterans Homes Receive Five Star Rating; New State Veterans Home Prepares to Open in Clarksville

Friday, March 06, 2015 | 08:42 am
Future Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville
Future Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins the Tennessee State Veterans Homes (TSVH) Board in celebrating the announcement from U.S. News & World Report 2015 which names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Murfreesboro, Humboldt and Knoxville among the best in the country.

U.S. News and World Report rated more than 16,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.  The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  In 2014, CMS issued five star ratings to the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, the W.D. “Bill” Manning Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt and the Senator Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans Home in Knoxville. 

Jasper Soldier Missing Nearly 65 Years Will Finally Be Laid to Rest

Monday, March 02, 2015 | 08:55 am
Private First Class Lotchie J.R. Jones went missing on November 2, 1950
Private First Class Lotchie J.R. Jones went missing on November 2, 1950

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Lotchie John Ray Jones of Jasper.  Jones went missing on or about November 2, 1950 in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea and is believed to have died while in enemy captivity at the Pyoktong Prisoner of War Camp 5 on February 28, 1951.   The Marion County native was serving with “B” Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War when he went missing.  He was 17 years old.

Warren Jasper Named Administrator of the Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 10:03 am
Warren Jasper
Warren Jasper

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries announce Warren Anthony Jasper will be the Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home Administrator.  The 108-bed State Veterans Home is currently under construction in Clarksville. 

Jasper served seven years in the United States Air Force which included assignments at the Pentagon and as a Branch Chief with the Secretary of Defense studying electronic warfare with the Joint Test Force.  The former Air Force officer most recently served as an Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.  During his time at the Attorney General’s Office, Jasper established relationships with several state agencies and also started a partnership with the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in 2008.

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.