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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Welcome Galilee A.M.E. Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Galilee A.M.E. Church of Washington D.C. Maryland. Thank you Reverend Caroline Jones and Lay Leader Ronald Jones 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.

St, John A.M.E. Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint John A.M.E. Church, Hampstead, North Carolina. Thank you Reverend Betty Strickland 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.

Trump signs landmark veterans health care bill named for SEAL Team 6 leader

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, into law. 

“This legislation moves America closer to a goal that all citizens can support: increasing the local resources available to our men and women who answered the call to defend this Nation. This law will expand mental health care services at VA facilities and at the same time provide grants to make it easier for Veterans to access non-VA resources in their communities. 

“Care in the community is a critical component of our effort to end Veteran suicide. About 60 percent of the Veterans who die by suicide aren’t getting care from VA, so it’s vital we do all we can to offer intervention and care to Veterans where they live. This bill takes a strong and meaningful step in that direction.” Read more

Cocke/Jefferson County Expungement Clinic hosted by First Baptist Church of Dandridge

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”. 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.

Study: Different emotions may drive male, female Veterans to attempt suicide

A new VA study finds that men and women are harboring different thoughts in the moments before they decide to die by suicide. “Women feel personally like they are not worth anything, and men feel like the world has sort of let them down,” says the lead author, Dr. Lauren Denneson. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: ©iStock/tommaso79)

The findings appeared online in the journal Social Science & Medicine in September 2020.

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Welcome Campfield A.M.E. Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Campfield A.M.E. Church of Pikesville Maryland. Thank you Reverend Rowena White 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.

Episcopal Diocese of San Diego’s Ministry to Armed Forces

Ministry to Armed Forces personnel is a continuing need in our diocese. Large numbers of young people continue to enter and serve in the military, and subsequently return to civilian life at the end of their tour of duty. Parochial ministry to those who serve in the Armed Forces should include prayers and recognition when they leave for active duty, when they return home on leave, and when they finally return to civilian status. Caring for their families while the loved one is deployed is also part of our call. Placing service men and women on parish mailings lists and sending them an occasional letter does much to cement home ties and bring the service person home as an active parishioner.

For more information about how to support Armed Forces personnel, contact The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz at 858-395-0203.

The Episcopal Office of Armed Services and Federal Ministries can be reached by visiting its page on the Episcopal Church’s website.

St. James by the Sea

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint James by the Sea, La Jolla, California. Thank you Reverend Dr. Mark Hargreaves and Lay Leader Stan Bishop 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.