• First Statewide Veteran Higher Education Event to be Hosted in Clarksville

    Monday, June 29, 2015 | 1:51pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder in partnership with Drive to 55 Executive Director Mike Krause will host the first statewide Veteran Higher Education Event at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Clarksville on Tuesday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT).

    Representatives from campuses from across the state will offer information about resources and services available to assist potential student veterans, service members and dependents with accessing educational benefits during their pursuit of a college degree.  This one stop shop event will help prospective students to get the information they need to decide which campus is best suited for their future professional career goals.

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  • Gov. Haslam, Commissioners Gibbons & Grinder Announce "Highways for Heroes" Program

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 1:20pm

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the launch of the “Highways for Heroes” program that will help veterans and active military personnel who drove commercial grade vehicles during military service more easily find jobs as commercial truck drivers.

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  • Missing in Action Soldiers Among Those Remembered by Governor Haslam

    Friday, May 15, 2015 | 7:07pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to three Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including two service members previously missing in action for several decades. Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.

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  • Missing in Action Soldiers Among Those Remembered by Governor Haslam

    Friday, May 15, 2015 | 11:00am

     

     

     
    PFC Cecil Harris MIA January 2, 1945, Buried October 22, 2014

    PFC Lotchie Jones MIA November 2, 1950, Buried March 6, 2015

    SPC Frederick Greene Killed November 5, 2009

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to three Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including two service members previously missing in action for several decades. Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.

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  • Missing in Action Soldiers Among Those Remembered by Governor Haslam

    Friday, May 15, 2015 | 7:00am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to three Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including two service members previously missing in action for several decades. Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.

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  • Governor Haslam to Memorialize Three Tennessee Service Members

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 10:06am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Major General Terry “Max” Haston will memorialize three Tennessee service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces.

    Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville was killed on January 2, 1945 while serving in World War II.  His remains were not recovered until September 2013.  PFC Harris was laid to rest on October 22, 2014. 

    Private First Class Lotchie Jones of Jasper went missing on or about November 2, 1950 while serving in the Korean War.  He is believed to have died on February 28, 1951.  PFC Jones was not identified until 2014 and he was laid to rest on March 6, 2015. 

    The Governor will also present the Gold Star Family Day Proclamation to Gold Star Family Members, Christie, Haley and Allison Greene as well as Karen and Rob Nourse. Specialist Frederick Z. Greene of Mountain City was killed during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009.

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  • Governor Haslam and Commissioner Grinder Continue Tradition to Recognize Vietnam Veterans

    Friday, March 27, 2015 | 4:38am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced March 29, 2015 as Vietnam Veterans Day to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.

    On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam.  Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia.  Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War and 1,295 Tennessee service members were killed.  There are currently 27 Tennesseans missing in action (MIA) in connection with the Vietnam War. 

    In 2008, Tennessee became the first state to proclaim a Vietnam Veterans Day.

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  • More Than 50 Campuses Participate in Inaugural Veteran Education Academy

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 5:00am

    NASHVILLE – Senior campus leaders, student affairs personnel and student veteran organization representatives from more than 50 higher education institutions today joined the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Drive to 55, the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and Austin Peay State University at the inaugural Veteran Education Academy, an initiative to learn and share best practices in support of student veteran success in Tennessee. 

    The event is part of the larger discussion Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder are encouraging around the state to improve access to higher education for student veterans.

    Haslam formed the Veterans Education Task Force in November, 2013 and appointed Grinder as the chair.  Last year Haslam approved the recommendations of the Task Force which included the Veteran Education Academy, the 1 million dollar Tennessee Reconnect competitive funding grant and a comprehensive veteran web portal which will be launched in the spring. 

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  • Inaugural Veteran Education Academy to be Hosted at Austin Peay State University

    Friday, March 06, 2015 | 8:44am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Drive to 55, the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and Austin Peay State University will host the inaugural Veteran Education Academy.  

    Senior campus leaders, student affairs personnel and student veteran organization representatives from more than 50 higher education institutions will attend the event with the objective of learning to support student veterans success in Tennessee.  The one day event will include presentations from Student Veterans of America, the American Council on Education and discussions to create or improve action plans to recruit, retain and support student veterans through to graduation.

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  • All Tennessee State Veterans Homes Receive Five Star Rating; New State Veterans Home Prepares to Open in Clarksville

    Friday, March 06, 2015 | 2:42am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins the Tennessee State Veterans Homes (TSVH) Board in celebrating the announcement from U.S. News & World Report 2015 which names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Murfreesboro, Humboldt and Knoxville among the best in the country.

    U.S. News and World Report rated more than 16,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.  The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  In 2014, CMS issued five star ratings to the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, the W.D. “Bill” Manning Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt and the Senator Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans Home in Knoxville. 

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  • Jasper Soldier Missing Nearly 65 Years Will Be Laid To Rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery

    Monday, March 02, 2015 | 6:20pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Lotchie John Ray Jones of Jasper.  Jones went missing on or about November 2, 1950 in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea and is believed to have died while in enemy captivity at the Pyoktong Prisoner of War Camp 5 on February 28, 1951.   The Marion County native was serving with “B” Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War when he went missing.  He was 17 years old.

    In September, 1954, Chinese forces turned over remains recovered at POW Camp 5 and mistakenly identified as Delano B. Mulder.  Efforts to correctly identify the former prisoner of war in 1954 were unsuccessful.  In 1956, the unidentifiable remains were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

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  • Jasper Soldier Missing Nearly 65 Years Will Finally Be Laid to Rest

    Monday, March 02, 2015 | 2:55am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Lotchie John Ray Jones of Jasper.  Jones went missing on or about November 2, 1950 in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea and is believed to have died while in enemy captivity at the Pyoktong Prisoner of War Camp 5 on February 28, 1951.   The Marion County native was serving with “B” Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War when he went missing.  He was 17 years old.

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