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    Veteran Suicides on the Rise in Tennessee
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 01:20 pm

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney and Tennessee Department Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the number of suicides by Veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month which is an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic trend and the resources available to offer support.

    "Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up," Varney said. "They must always know they are never alone."[More...]

Cecil Harris
PFC Cecil Harris went missing January 2, 1945
    Shelbyville Soldier Missing for Nearly 70 Years will be Laid to Rest
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 09:07 am

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville. Harris was serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division on January 2, 1945 when his platoon was holding a defensive position in Dambach, France near the German border during World War II. The platoon came under attack and had to make a hasty withdrawal. When the platoon was able to regroup, fellow soldiers realized PFC Harris was missing. He was 19 years old.

    The United States Army Graves Registration Command (AGRC) investigated Harris' loss with no success. In September 2013, an official from the American Battle Monuments Commission notified the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) that a French national had located the possible grave of an American serviceman in the Alsace Region of France, near the city of Dambach. The grave was on a hilltop, under a large rock with a crude engraving of a cross and the letter "H". [More...]



    Governor Haslam Announces New State Veterans Cemetery
    Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 09:00 am

Future site of Tn Veteran's Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads
  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the future site of the fifth state veterans cemetery will be in Parkers Crossroads.

    The 132-acre Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in west Tennessee. [More...]

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