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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces new state Veterans cemetery

 

Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor 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. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Clarksville on Wednesday, June 25th

 

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, and other state and community leaders will discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Clarksville on Wednesday, June 25th.

Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend. «Read the rest of this article»

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Governor Bill Haslam memorializes six Tennesseans including Clarksville solider who made the ultimate sacrifice

 

Four Special Forces Service Members Among Those Remembered for Memorial Day

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, 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 to pay tribute to six Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including a 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.

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and was the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.  Woods was serving with the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.  The United States Army Staff Sergeant was aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed when it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam.  Lisa Szymanski, Steven Woods and Deborah Secriskey received the presentation on behalf of their father.

Top row: Warrant Officer Judson Mount, SSG Stephen New, SSG Lawrence Woods  Bottom row: SSG Daniel Lee, Maj. Howard Andre Jr., Warrant Officer Sean Mullen

Top row: Warrant Officer Judson Mount, SSG Stephen New, SSG Lawrence Woods. Bottom row: SSG Daniel Lee, Maj. Howard Andre Jr., Warrant Officer Sean Mullen.

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Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs honors World War II Sailor after 70 years of waiting

 

First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton receives recognition in Gallatin

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder presented several medals linked to First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton’s World War II service during a ceremony today.

The event was hosted by Morningside of Gallatin to honor Horton who waited 70 years to receive the medals and recognition for his service onboard the USS Denver in 1943 and 1944.

First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton

First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton

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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.

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville. «Read the rest of this article»

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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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