1st Tennessee VMFC Host 1st Colorado VMFC in Maryville TN

Vet to Vet TN provided 12 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor scholarships to 12 new instructors; two attendees were from two Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations.  Maryville Vineyard Church Youth Pastor Sam McGhee and Grace of the Lord Church Senior Pastor CJ Counts.  The Maryville Vineyard Church was the first VMFC in TN and the Grace of the Lord Church is the first VMFC in CO.

Not only did VTVT provide free scholarships but also provided free travel and lodging to Pastor Counts.

We want to thank Vet to Vet Tennessee’s sponsor, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, for providing the financial support to provide these 12 graduates with free scholarships to attend this class. We are thankful to Pastor Aaron McCarter, Maryville Vineyard Church, for hosting the event.

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1st VFMC in Denver Colorado

The House of Purpose, lead by Army Veteran Pastor David Buckner and Lay Leader Max Hernandez, enrolled their church into VMFC family on Monday April 14, 2019. Pastor Buckner and Max Hernandez are excited to become part of the VMFC network.

This is the first VMFC in Denver Colorado and the second in Colorado. Let’s thank God for their support and participation. Pastor David and Nancy have a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fi.

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The House of Worship Enrolls in the VMFC

The House of Worship lead by Pastor Anthony Collins and U.S. Air Force Veteran Lay Leader Lisa Wilkerson enrolled their church into VMFC family on Friday April 12, 2019. Pastor Collins and Lisa Wilkerson are excited to become part of the VMFC network.

Upon receiving their MCA welcome letter and VMFC certificate, Pastor Collins wrote “We are blessed to be part of the military family team and look forward to helping in any way that we can.  Many blessings and we wish you a blessed Holy Week!”

This is the second VMFC in Oak Ridge Tennessee. Let’s thank God for their support and participation.

If you would like to send Pastor Collins or Lisa a message please leave your comment below. Be blessed and happy.

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President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019 President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide VA will co-chair task force focused on a holistic, public health approach to suicide prevention and engagement with Veterans’ local communities WASHINGTON — Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide. Click here to view today’s announcement.

Happy Veterans Day – “You’re Worth It!”

November 10, 2018 Blount County Tennessee.

The United Veterans of Blount County hosted Blount County’s  50th Veterans Day Celebration at Rio Revolution Church.  Special Guest speaker was  Lt. Col Army Ellison “Vic” Vickery gave an inspirational service and sacrifice speech.

Vic’s told us that he never felt comfortable responding to anyone who “thanked him for his service” until his wife Suzanne suggested responding with “You’re worth it!”

Thank you Mrs. Suzanne Vickery for your recommendation.

We are grateful to all who have served, whether in peacetime or in periods of conflict. Especially for those who have fought on the battlefield, those who continue to bear wounds both seen and unseen. We pray for physical healing and God’s peace in your life.

On behalf of the Veterans/Military Friendly Congregation we wish everyone a blessed and happy Veterans Day.

Rio Revolution is a VMFC Lead Congregation.

VA’s Telehealth Care for Rural Veterans with PTSD

One in every five Servicemembers returns from combat with at least one serious mental health issue. With only 16 psychologists per every 100,000 rural residents, rural Veterans face greater access challenges when seeking mental health support.  Moreover, rural Veterans are more likely than their urban peers to suffer from current and lifetime depression or commit suicide.

The Office of Rural Health (ORH) is committed to working with our clinical partners to address these challenges through a variety of programs that connect rural Veterans with VA mental health care programs closer to home. Continue reading “VA’s Telehealth Care for Rural Veterans with PTSD”

VMFC Creates faith-based comedy-drama play about PTSD

Tonya Stoutt-Brown, Christian citizen of Blount County Tennessee and a radio personality on Joy 620 AM radio, has written a play about a WWII veteran who comes home and struggles with his depression and PTSD as a result of the war.  Tonya’s play has been performed for years in her small church in Blount County.  The previous shows have been sold out and continues to grow in popularity and numbers.  This year, the play has moved to a larger church, First Baptist Church Maryville, to accommodate a larger audience.  The tickets are free and the play is humorous, realistic, educational and fun.  Tonya advised us that the vast majority of the previous shows were veterans and their families and have always identified veterans who were need support.  Continue reading “VMFC Creates faith-based comedy-drama play about PTSD”

MCA’s Executive Director’s Notes – Women Veterans Summit

MCA Fr. Razz Waff’s Executive Director’s Notes

This past Thursday I was fortunate to be able to attend the Women Veterans’ Summit in Knoxville, supported by Vet to Vet Tennessee. VTVT is one of MCA’s strategic partners with the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC) ministry. They along with along with the Episcopal Church’s lay men’s organization, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BSA) work together to help congregations across our land to be more military friendly. Continue reading “MCA’s Executive Director’s Notes – Women Veterans Summit”