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.

First VFMC in Oklahoma – Welcome All Souls’ Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest and first Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Oklahoma to the VMFC network, All Souls’ Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, OK. Thank you Father Christopher Yoder for joining our mission and for being the first congregation to enroll in Oklahoma. 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 Saint Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Michael’s by the Sea, Carlsbad, CA. Thank you Father Doran Stambaugh and Lay Leader Ginny Unanue 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.

1st Lt (ret) Marine Jack Lucus from Mississippi received Korean War Medal

Thanksgiving 2020. Vet to Vet Tennessee received a beautiful thank you email and photo from Korean War USMC Veteran 1st Lt. (ret.) Jack Lucus’ family on Thanksgiving Day.

“Thank you for such an incredible honor. Attached is a small number of my amazing family:

From left bottom row- Mikki Pyles PhD, (daughter) Recipient Jack Lucas 1st LT. (Ret), Betty Lucas (spouse); From left back row – Morgan Johnson(great granddaughter), Gavin Federowski (great grandson), Desiree’ Federowski, RN (granddaughter), and Mike Federowski (grandson in-law).”  Rachael Anne Witherspoon

Lt. Lucas served in Korea from 8 November 1953 until 17 January 1955.  He was awarded the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. Lt. Lucas honorably  served in the United States Marine Corps for 19 years, 6 months and 10 years.

Hoping all things that mean the most at Thanksgiving will stay with you throughout the year.  The smiles and love  shown in the picture says it all, Thank God for his blessings.

Welcome All Saints’ Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation to the VMFC network All Saints’ Episcopal Church, San Diego CA. Thank you Father Carlos Exposito and Lay Leader Barbara Wilder 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.

Postvention — VA offers support after suicide loss

Veterans have a significantly higher suicide rate than other adults in the U.S. This means Veterans are also more likely to have known someone who took their own life. Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) helps make sense of a suicide loss. The program connects survivors with resources to help them work through powerful and unique emotions specific to this type of grief.

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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. Paul’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Lead Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church of Yuma Arizona. Thank you Reverend Patricia Underkofler and Lay Leader Nancy Filbey 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 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.