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Clarksville Soldier Lawrence Woods to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

 

Staff Sergeant Woods has been missing in action for 50 years

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, TN.

Woods was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.

Woods was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods

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Tennessee Veterans Homes among the best in U.S. News and World Report rankings

 

Murfreesboro and Knoxville recognized Nationally

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – 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 2014 which names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro 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.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

Historical Observation Continues on December 7th, 2013

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced December 7th, 2013 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

On December 7th, 1941, 2,390 American military personnel were killed and another 1,178 were wounded in an unprovoked attack by the Air and Naval forces serving Japan.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address on January 30th.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address on January 30th.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recognizes Four Veteran State Employees

 

Veterans Day Event Also Pays Tribute to More Than 525,000 Tennessee Veterans

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department today to recognize four veteran state employees and more than 525,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Week

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 20th-26th, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense announces the identification of Major Howard V. Andre, Jr. of Memphis who has been missing in action since July 8th, 1969.

Major Andre and Major James E. Sizemore of Illinois were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013. The Air Force pilots will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on September 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery. They were classified as missing in action for nearly 44 years.

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

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Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs announce Veteran Designation on Driver Licenses, State IDs

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced that honorably discharged veterans may now visit any driver services center in the state to obtain a specially designated veteran driver license or photo identification card.

Legislation authorizing the state to publicly recognize veterans’ military service was passed in 2011.

Tennessee Veteran Designation on Driver License

Tennessee Veteran Designation on Driver License

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20th Special Forces Group Soldier from Shelby County killed while supporting Operation Enduring freedom

 

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New killed in Afghanistan

20th Special Forces Group - Fort Bragg, NCNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder regretfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier Sergeant Stephen Michael New of Bartlett. New has been posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

New was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Jackson, Mississippi but deployed with 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. New was fatally shot during an attack on his unit in Kabul Province, Afghanistan on July 28th.

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New

Staff Sergeant Stephen M. New

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Former Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Passes Away

 

Commissioner William H. (Dusty) Roden, Jr. Dies at Age 90

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder somberly announced former Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner William H. (Dusty) Roden, Jr. passed away on July 20th, 2013 at the Hospice Chattanooga Care Center. Commissioner Roden was 90 years old.

Roden served in the United States Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot from 1942 to1945 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserves in 1972.

Commissioner William H. Roden Jr

Commissioner William H. Roden Jr

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Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs announce Online Pre-Registration Resource for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries

 

Streamlined Process Will Allow Veterans and Family Members to be Pre-Approved for Burial

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations.

Online Pre-Registration to Streamline approval for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

Online Pre-Registration to Streamline approval for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

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Tennessee Veterans May Be Issued Missing High School Diplomas

 

New law affects WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam War Veterans

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Many-Bears Grinder and the Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman will be presenting a high school diploma to Korean War Veteran, William Milton Duncan Wednesday, June 19th at 10:30am in the Senate Library in the State Capitol.

Mr. Duncan was drafted in 1951 and began serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. Due to his military service, Mr. Duncan left high school a few days before completing requirements for his diploma. «Read the rest of this article»

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