Welcome Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland. Thank you Rabbi Chesky Tenebaum Raymond and Lay Leader Erwin Burtnick for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support. Mitzvah!

Veteran of the Potawatomi Nation receives medal posthumously

On Sunday December 13, 2020 Vet to Vet Tennessee received the following note from Navy Veteran Gayle Malone about her uncle who served in the Korean War Veteran.

Thank you so much for expediting the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal for my uncle Martin Hughes Hackler that my mother, Stella L. Malone requested.  As a Navy veteran myself, I know that my uncle would have treasured this.  My family is of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and at our last ceremony on the banks of the Tennessee River, we had a group photo taken while we honored Uncle Marty.  With the magic of Photo Shop, my niece was able to add a faint image of him with the medal attached to his ribbon shirt regalia.  From left to right, the image includes his grandson Chris, grandson Rob, granddaughter Kenyon, niece Gayle (me), sister Stella (my mom), daughter Becky, great niece Jessica, and of course, Uncle Marty himself.  Again, thank-you so much.”  Regards, Gayle Malone

We are grateful to your uncle for his service and sacrifice and thankful that you family still remembers his service. Thank you.

Welcome All Souls’ Episcopal Church San Diego

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, All Souls’ Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA. Thank you Reverend Joe Dirbas and Lay Leader Dan Garcia for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

When COV-19 vaccine comes, VA will be ready

Planning is underway at VA to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. VA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a phased plan based on five core ethical pillars: safety, maximizing the benefit of the vaccine, equity, fairness and transparency.

Veteran and employee safety remain our #1 priority. The plan takes into consideration a number of risk factors, including risks of acquiring infection, severe illness and death if infected, and transmitting the disease, as well as the risk to essential workers, including health care personnel. Continue reading

Welcome St Mark’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Lead Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Mark’s Episcopal of San Diego California. Thank you Reverend Hannah Wilder and Lay Leader Debbie Kistler for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Welcome St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Palm Desert California. Thank you Reverend Andrew Butler and Lay Leader Debbie Jansma for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

McMinn County TN and Vet to Vet TN honor 5 Korean War Veterans

Susan Peglow, McMinn County Tennessee’s Veterans Service Officer partnered with Vet to Vet Tennessee to honor U.S. Korean War Veterans during a ceremony Susan scheduled on November 9, 2020 at 0900. McMinn County Mayor John Gentry and District 23 State Representative Mark Cochran participated in the celebration and presented four McMinn County Korean War Veterans with the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal and Proclamation.

The four recipients are from left to right: William Queen (Army), JC Bledsoe (Army), Alvin Tallent (Navy), Arrants Kennedy (Army). Jerome Reid (Navy) was not present for the ceremony due to health condition but he was presented the Medal and Proclamation at home by Susan Peglow.

Service & Sacrifice: Peace medals for war veterans

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — An unexpected surprise from the government and the people of South Korea left one veteran of that war almost speechless. 

“It just filled my heart, it really did that they thought that much of us,” said Air Force veteran Charles Quagliana displaying his Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.

The gold medal and purple ribbon are a tribute to American veterans of the three-year war in Korea from 1950-1953.   The medal once went to veterans who returned to Korea after the war as a “thank you” for their service.  But that effort has expanded to any veteran who served in that conflict, living or dead.

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Clinic event reaches more than 150 East Tennessee residents

On a beautiful Saturday in Eastern Tennessee, the University of Tennessee College of Law and Vet to Vet Tennessee partnered with three 4th Judicial District Judges, Hon. O. Duane Slone, Hon. Dennis Roach II, and Hon. Carter Moore to conduct a Community Court to help hundreds of Cocke/Jefferson county citizens with prior criminal records. The court was held at the First Baptist Church of Dandridge. This is the fourth year that UT College of Law and Vet to Vet Tennessee have sponsored an Expungement Clinic. This is the first time the team had to deal with the pandemic and with the support and guidance of the UT Nurses, we were able to conduct the court safely in person. The logistic added extra logistics and cost but the results we “Worth It”.  Click here to read the UT story. The results are still being tabulated and we will publish information as soon as they are completed. In the meantime please click here to view the 85+ volunteers who participated in the clinic. We think this is the best clinic to date! Thank you, Prof. Joy Radice and Karla Mendez. Thank you Vet to Vet TN volunteers Sheryn Davis, Pat Junod, Dr. Emily Hager, Melvin Oggs, Randall Scott, Don Davis, and Ed Junod. The next Expungement Clinic is scheduled for March 6, 2021, in Monroe County at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville, TN.

2021 Is Going To Be Big!

Dear Friends, I hope this letter finds you well and safe. 2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year for us all and equally so for God’s Word For Warriors. In spite of the challenges, we have continued to move forward with courses and leader training, as well as connect those in need to vital services. 
For those I have not yet met personally, I hope to do so in the near future. My role is to help expand our ability to provide needed programs for fellow veterans struggling with moral injury and spiritual conflict resulting from combat and other military hardships and experiences.
As we plan and begin scheduling for 2021, both Tom and I want to share with you some key events for 2021 and how you can be an important part of our continued growth and service.

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