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Private First Class Lotchie J.R. Jones went missing on November 2, 1950
    Jasper Soldier Missing Nearly 65 Years Will Finally Be Laid to Rest
    Monday, March 2, 2015 | 08:55 am

  • 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. [More...]



    All Tennessee State Veterans Homes Receive Five Star Rating;
    New State Veterans Home Prepares to Open in Clarksville
    Veterans Home in Clarksville
    Future Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville

    Friday, March 06, 2015 | 08:42 am

  • 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.

    "Tennessee State Veterans Home residents are among some of the most fascinating and precious people I have ever met and they deserve the most compassionate and highly qualified care possible," Grinder said. "I applaud the hard working and caring administrators and staff of each home for their commitment to excellence in care." [More...]



    Haslam Unveils Veterans Education Task Force Report
    Monday, November 10, 2014 | 01:36 pm

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor's Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veterans.

    Recommendations made by the task force are: support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices; provide opportunities for colleges and universities to compete for funding veteran-focused initiatives; and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal. [More...]


    Hundreds More to be Served in Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court
    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 10:37 am

  • NASHVILLE - Through a $1.5 million federal grant, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is providing increased funding to Veterans courts in Shelby County, Montgomery County and Davidson County. The result is an expansion of services, over a three-year period, giving hundreds more service members in Tennessee the option of pursuing treatment and recovery programs rather than incarceration.

    Tennessee's Veterans Treatment Court, which helps service members and Veterans who come into the criminal justice system, will be assisting 263 more Veterans over the next three years. [More...]

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