Words cannot express the appreciation we have for your service to our country. You’re in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. Wishing you peace, love and joy throughout this holiday season. May God be with you and protect you always!
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On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the bloodiest war America has ever fought, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
All of us wish the men and women of our Armed Forces a Happy Thanksgiving. We thank you for serving our country and we pray for your safety. We also wish a Happy Thanksgiving to our military families – the most special group of all.
Only those who have experienced an airport or pier-side goodbye hug for a loved one leaving in uniform truly know what they endure. Alone on this Thanksgiving, they bravely shoulder their families’ burdens because words like “duty” and “service” mean something to them.
Thank you and God Bless all of you this Thanksgiving.
The United Veterans of Blount County hosted Blount County’s 50th Veterans Day Celebration at Rio Revolution Church. Special Guest speaker wasLt. 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.
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.
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”