• Tennessee Soldier Succumbs to Combat Injuries

    Friday, April 27, 2012 | 7:33am
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder respectfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier, Specialist Jason K. Edens of Franklin.
     
    Edens died on April 26, in Bethesda, Maryland from wounds he sustained during an enemy attack on his unit in Laghman province in Afghanistan on April 15. The 22-year old Williamson County native was an Infantryman assigned to 1st Squadron, 13th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

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  • TDVA to Host the First Annual Women's Veterans Summit in Nashville

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 8:33am
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will emcee the First Annual Women’s Veterans Summit at the Embassy Suites Hotel Nashville-Airport on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The all-day event will include U.S. Congressman Diane Black, several prominent women veteran speakers, entertainment from Country Music Legend Lee Greenwood, and recognition of the Woman Veteran of the Year. World War II United States Army Veteran Laura Rhodes will also be in attendance during the morning session. The 101-year old Lake County native currently resides at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt, but will make a special appearance at this weekend’s inaugural Women’s Veterans Summit.

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  • Tennessee Fallen Soldier Remembered and Recognized in North Carolina

    Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 11:00am

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder posthumously awarded the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal to Captain Joshua Sean Lawrence of Nashville today. The medal was presented to Captain Lawrence’s widow, Brittany Lawrence at her workplace, Nationwide Marketing Group in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
     
    Captain Lawrence was killed on October 8, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. The assistant plans officer was stationed with Headquarters troop, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

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  • TDVA to Receive Blue Star Memorial Marker at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 5:00am
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will accept a Blue Star Memorial Marker donated by the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. The Blue Star Memorial Marker will be dedicated during a ceremony with TFGC officials, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and representatives with TDVA.

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  • TDVA Commissioner to Present Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal in North Carolina

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 3:30am
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will posthumously award the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal to Captain Joshua Sean Lawrence of Nashville on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The medal will be presented to Captain Lawrence’s widow, Brittany Lawrence, during a ceremony in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

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  • TDVA and Department of Labor Continue Consolidation

    Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 7:56am

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced today the Veterans Affairs Field Office in Cookeville will relocate to the Tennessee Department of Labor Career Center in the same community. Doors will open at the new Cookeville Veterans Affairs Field Office at 580 S. Jefferson Avenue, Suite A, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. CDT.
     
    Relocating the Veterans Affairs Field Office into the Tennessee Career Center will eliminate the need for our veterans to visit two facilities to access resources. This is the third Department of Veterans Affairs field office to merge with the Tennessee Career Centers. 

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  • TDVA and Department of Labor Continue Consolidation

    Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 3:56am
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced today the Veterans Affairs Field Office in Cookeville will relocate to the Tennessee Department of Labor Career Center in the same community. Doors will open at the new Cookeville Veterans Affairs Field Office at 580 S. Jefferson Avenue, Suite A, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. CDT.

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  • Body of Tennessee Soldier Missing for Nearly 61 Years Comes Home

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 9:30am

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins Tennesseans today in remembering Private First Class Frank Primm Jennings who has been missing in action for nearly 61 years. The Korean War Veteran’s remains arrived at the Nashville International Airport this morning. Private Jennings was serving with “E” Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in the United States Army when he went missing in South Korea on April 25, 1951. Jennings was posthumously promoted to Private First Class and awarded the Silver Star as well as the Purple Heart for his gallantry in action.
    “It is comforting to know PFC Jennings will finally be laid to rest and his family will have the closure they deserve,” Grinder said. “We hope there will be a day when all of our service members currently missing in action will be recovered and brought back home.”
     
    The Decaturville native graduated from Parsons High School and was only 19 years old when he went missing in South Korea.

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  • Governor Haslam Declares April 5, 2012 Gold Star Wives Day

    Thursday, April 05, 2012 | 4:12pm

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced April 5, 2012 as Gold Star Wives Day to honor the spouses of service members who have died in the line of duty or as a result of service-connected disabilities.
     
    Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., is a Congressional chartered, non-profit organization created by the war widows of World War II in the State of New York on December 18, 1945. Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of one of the 15 signers of the original Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., papers. 
     
    “Gold Star Wives have sacrificed a great deal to their country already, but they are committed to continue to serve service members and veterans to strengthen our communities.” Grinder said. “Their support also encourages other wives and families facing the loss of a loved one and they should be commended for their compassion and dedication.”

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  • Community Members Express Interest for a State Veterans Cemetery Near Madison County

    Saturday, March 31, 2012 | 3:23pm

     Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs announced the initiative to establish a new state veterans cemetery in or near Madison County. TDVA has submitted a pre-application grant to the National Cemetery Administration for federal funding of the architectural design, engineer support and construction costs. However, funding for land acquisition must be raised through donations as well as city, county and state funding. The cemetery would be located in Madison County or surrounding area, but would serve veterans and their eligible dependents in all counties in West Tennessee.

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  • State Agencies Join Forces to Serve Veterans

    Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 12:43pm

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced today the Veterans Affairs Field Office in Dickson will relocate to the Tennessee Department of Labor Career Center in the same community. Doors will open at the Dickson Veterans Affairs Field Office on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. CDT. Relocating the Veterans Affairs Field Office into the Tennessee Career Center will eliminate the need for our veterans to visit two facilities to access resources. This is the second Department of Veterans Affairs field office to merge with the Tennessee Career Centers. Commissioner Grinder would like to see the trend continue. Veteran services available at the Dickson Career Center include assistance with employment, filing for service-connected or pension benefits, filing for home loan guarantees, education resources, and information on burial benefits.

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  • State Agencies Join Forces to Serve Veterans

    Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 8:43am

     NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced today the Veterans Affairs Field Office in Dickson will relocate to the Tennessee Department of Labor Career Center in the same community. Doors will open at the Dickson Veterans Affairs Field Office on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. CDT. 

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