Veterans Affairs

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 09:26 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 | 05:10 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.  

Governor Haslam Memorializes Six Tennesseans Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice

Friday, May 23, 2014 | 09:00 am
Warrant Officer One Sean W. Mullen, KIA June 2, 2013
Warrant Officer One Sean W. Mullen, KIA June 2, 2013
Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New, KIA July 28, 2013
Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New, KIA July 28, 2013
Major Howard V. Andre, Jr., MIA July 8, 1969, Buried September 23, 2013
Major Howard V. Andre, Jr., MIA July 8, 1969, Buried September 23, 2013
Staff Sergeant Daniel Tyler Lee, KIA January 15, 2014
Staff Sergeant Daniel Tyler Lee, KIA January 15, 2014
Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods, MIA October 24, 1964, Buried March 21, 2104
Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods, MIA October 24, 1964, Buried March 21, 2104
Warrant Officer Judson Mount, Died April 7, 2009
Warrant Officer Judson Mount, Died April 7, 2009

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to six Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including a service members previously missing in action for several decades. Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.

Governor Haslam to Memorialize Six Tennessee Service Members

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 07:01 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Major General Terry “Max” Haston will memorialize six Tennessee service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Warrant Officer One Sean Mullen, Staff Sergeant Stephen New and Staff Sergeant Daniel Lee were killed in action while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013-2014. 

Major Howard Andre, Jr. and Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods were missing in action (MIA) for several decades before being recovered and laid to rest in 2013-2014.

Governor Haslam Proclaims May 17 Armed Forces Day

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 10:24 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced May 17, 2014 is Armed Forces Day.  The single day celebration was created to signify the unification of the Armed Forces under one federal department; the Department of Defense.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for Americans to come together and thank our troops for their patriotic service in support of our country.  On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate days to honor the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. 

Governor Haslam Proclaims May 9 Military Spouse Day

Thursday, May 08, 2014 | 12:00 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced May 9, 2014 is Military Spouse Day.  The day of recognition for military spouses is observed throughout the country to include Tennessee.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a day of observance to recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices of military spouses as “the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of service members”.

Obion County Veterans Outreach Features Jobs, Education and Other Valuable Resources

Thursday, May 08, 2014 | 07:38 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with Representative Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton) and Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) as well as more than 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Obion and Weakley 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 Dyersburg State Community College, Jackson State Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University,  Troy University will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Friday, May 9 from 11am to 3pm at the Eddie Cox Senior Citizens Center in Union 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 and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  

World War II Sailor Honored With Medals After Waiting 70 Years

Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 01:00 pm
First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton served on the USS Denver
First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton served on the USS Denver

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder presented several medals linked to First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton’s World War II service during a ceremony today.  The event was hosted by Morningside of Gallatin to honor Horton who waited 70 years to receive the medals and recognition for his service onboard the USS Denver in 1943 and 1944. 

Horton was 23-years old when he served on the USS Denver with 300 other shipmates during World War II.  The Gallatin native was aboard the ship when it was on a mission to regain control of Bougainville Island from Japan.  During the mission, the ship sustained an air attack that killed 20 crew members.  Horton’s mission after World War II was to help recover prisoners of war. 

World War II Navy Veteran to Receive Medals After 70 Years

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:47 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will present medals earned by First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton for his service on the USS Denver during World War II in 1943 and 1944.  Horton will receive the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (1silver service star and 3 bronze service stars), America Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Combat Action Ribbon on Saturday, April 19 at Morningside of Gallatin at 1085 Hartsville Pike in Gallatin at 2:00 p.m. (CDT). 

Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) will perform the “Star Spangled Banner”, the American Legion Post 17 Color Guard will post Colors and the Horton family will perform to conclude the ceremony. 

Horton was 23-years old when he was stationed onboard the USS Denver during World War II.  He is the only surviving Tennessean from the ship’s crew and one of only six living shipmates out of 300. 

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 11:25 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with State Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Representative Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads) as well as more than 30 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Lewis, Perry and Wayne Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

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, Lipscomb University and Cumberland University will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Friday, April 25 from 10am to 2pm at the Tennessee Career Center at 113 Factory Street in Linden, TN.  Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as to recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  A full vendor list is attached to this advisory and will be posted on the TDVA Events page.

To access the outreach flyers and vendor lists for TDVA Outreach Events visit the TDVA Events page http://www.tn.gov/veteran/tdvaevents.shtml