Veterans Affairs

Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee Continues Planning Process

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 12:05 pm

 

NASHVILLE – The Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee will meet on Friday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5064 at 3340 Sparta Highway in McMinnville to discuss ongoing efforts to review potential sites, raise local awareness about the proposed Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery and raise local funding as well as donations for land acquisition.

Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Announce Veteran Designation on Driver Licenses, State IDs

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | 02:25 pm
TN Driver License w/Veteran Designation
TN Driver License w/Veteran Designation

NASHVILLE --- Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced that honorably discharged veterans may now visit any driver services center in the state to obtain a specially designated veteran driver license or photo identification card.

Commissioners to Announce Issuance of Veteran Tennessee Driver Licenses, Photo IDs

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 05:00 pm

NASHVILLE –- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will hold a press conference to announce the issuance of Tennessee driver licenses and photo identification cards with special veteran designation.

The commissioners will explain the requirements and benefits of the veteran designation driver licenses and photo ID cards. Examples of the cards will be available.

Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee to Discuss Ongoing Local Efforts

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 12:44 pm

NASHVILLE – The Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee will meet on Friday August 23 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at the Old Smith County Courthouse in Carthage to discuss ongoing efforts to review potential sites, raise local awareness about the proposed Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery and raise local funding as well as donations for land acquisition.

TDVA to Host Veterans Outreach Event for Anderson, Meigs, Morgan, Rhea and Roane Counties

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 03:40 pm

 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with several federal, state and local organizations to host a Veterans outreach event to connect Veterans and their families in Anderson, Meigs, Morgan, Rhea and Roane Counties with claims assistance, educational resources and more on Wednesday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

Veterans will need to present a copy of their DD-214 and any other service related documents to assist with filing claims for federal benefits. 

TDVA to Host Veterans Outreach Event for Claiborne and Hancock Counties

Friday, August 16, 2013 | 12:42 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with several Veteran service organizations to host a Veterans outreach event for Claiborne and Hancock Counties on Monday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Representatives will be present to offer claims guidance and educational programs. The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA), Walters State Community College, Knoxville Vet Center, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be present to answer questions and offer assistance. 

Shelby County Soldier Killed While Supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | 11:41 am
Staff Sergeant Stephen New Killed in Action July 28, 2013
Staff Sergeant Stephen New Killed in Action July 28, 2013

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder regretfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier Sergeant Stephen Michael New of Bartlett.  New has been posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

New was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Jackson, Mississippi but deployed with 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  New was fatally shot during an attack on his unit in Kabul Province, Afghanistan on July 28.

Former Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Passes Away

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 10:55 am
Commissioner William H. (Dusty) Roden, Jr.
Commissioner William H. (Dusty) Roden, Jr.

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder somberly announced former Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner William H. (Dusty) Roden, Jr. passed away on July 20, 2013 at the Hospice Chattanooga Care Center.  Commissioner Roden was 90 years old.

Roden served in the United States Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot from 1942 to1945 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserves in 1972.  

Commissioner Roden was appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander in 1979 and remained TDVA Commissioner until 1987.  In 1979, Roden founded the United Tennessee Veterans Association (UTVA) which was created to bring the state’s Veteran Service Organizations together to be briefed by leaders from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure accomplishments, concerns and developments impacting veterans would be shared with UTVA representatives.  Commissioner Grinder recognized Roden for this milestone contribution during a UTVA meeting on December 4, 2012.

Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee to Discuss Ongoing Efforts

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 10:53 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will address the Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee on Friday July 26 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at American Legion Post #137 in Jamestown as the committee members continue to review potential sites for the future cemetery, raise local awareness and local funding as well as donations for land acquisition.

Governor Haslam and TDVA Announce Online Pre-Registration Resource for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries

Monday, July 22, 2013 | 09:31 am
Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries. 

Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations.  In many cases, family members are unable to locate the veteran’s discharge papers which must be used to determine eligibility.  The process to request and receive the appropriate discharge papers as well as determine eligibility can take several days or weeks.