Studies: Shame worsens outcomes for Vets with PTSD

In the Veteran community, PTSD is often associated with combat trauma. Witnessing a horrific  event like a deadly roadside bombing or the killing of a child can take an emotional toll on someone, causing that person to relive the event and feel angry, depressed, or distant.

Does shame—in which a person feels responsible for what happened and views himself or herself as a bad person—play a role in worsening the emotional and day-to-day struggles of someone with PTSD? Shame is a common symptom for those with PTSD.

Shame, one of the emotions associated with PTSD, may have an especially strong role in generating suicidal feelings, research suggests. VA researchers are exploring that question. To learn more about the studies please click here.

Effective June 6, 2019 Enhanced VA Options Under the MISSION Act

At VA, Veterans are at the center of everything we do. We are constantly working to make sure you know about the health care and benefits you have earned through your service to our country.

A new law, called the MISSION Act, strengthens VA’s ability to provide you with state-of-the-art care and services through a network of providers and cutting-edge technology. The law makes several enhancements to VA care that begin on June 6, 2019. Click here to find VA Urgent Care Clinics that have been approved by the VA.

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1st Tennessee VMFC Host 1st Colorado VMFC in Maryville TN

Vet to Vet TN provided 12 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor scholarships to 12 new instructors; two attendees were from two Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations.  Maryville Vineyard Church Youth Pastor Sam McGhee and Grace of the Lord Church Senior Pastor CJ Counts.  The Maryville Vineyard Church was the first VMFC in TN and the Grace of the Lord Church is the first VMFC in CO.

Not only did VTVT provide free scholarships but also provided free travel and lodging to Pastor Counts.

We want to thank Vet to Vet Tennessee’s sponsor, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, for providing the financial support to provide these 12 graduates with free scholarships to attend this class. We are thankful to Pastor Aaron McCarter, Maryville Vineyard Church, for hosting the event.

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1st VFMC in Denver Colorado

The House of Purpose, lead by Army Veteran Pastor David Buckner and Lay Leader Max Hernandez, enrolled their church into VMFC family on Monday April 14, 2019. Pastor Buckner and Max Hernandez are excited to become part of the VMFC network.

This is the first VMFC in Denver Colorado and the second in Colorado. Let’s thank God for their support and participation. Pastor David and Nancy have a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fi.

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The House of Worship Enrolls in the VMFC

The House of Worship lead by Pastor Anthony Collins and U.S. Air Force Veteran Lay Leader Lisa Wilkerson enrolled their church into VMFC family on Friday April 12, 2019. Pastor Collins and Lisa Wilkerson are excited to become part of the VMFC network.

Upon receiving their MCA welcome letter and VMFC certificate, Pastor Collins wrote “We are blessed to be part of the military family team and look forward to helping in any way that we can.  Many blessings and we wish you a blessed Holy Week!”

This is the second VMFC in Oak Ridge Tennessee. Let’s thank God for their support and participation.

If you would like to send Pastor Collins or Lisa a message please leave your comment below. Be blessed and happy.

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President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019 President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide VA will co-chair task force focused on a holistic, public health approach to suicide prevention and engagement with Veterans’ local communities WASHINGTON — Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide. Click here to view today’s announcement.

Transformation Haven Ministries enrolls in Veteran/Military Friendly Ministry

January 23, 2019 Transformation Haven Ministries Founder Selena Rider and six current residence attended Vet To Vet Tennessee’s (VTVT) officer meeting to present the Transformation Haven Ministries’ (THM) mission.    “A safe haven for women who battle addictions” in Monroe County Tennessee.  The THM mission is to maintain a 12-month discipleship program where women will live in a safe, stable home, at no cost to them, and receive the love and support they need to “Transform” their lives into the image of Christ…without addictions…and become productive members of society.

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When Women Veterans Return Home

VA offers many readjustment solutions

Letting go of your active duty lifestyle can be tough, especially after returning home. Are you wondering how you fit in with your family, friends and loved ones? Do you feel alone and isolated or that your relationships aren’t as close as they used to be? If so, VA offers a variety of services to help women Veterans readjust to life at home. Learn more.

1st Colorado VMFC Enrolled in 2019

This year began with Pastor CJ Counts enrolling Grace of the Lord Bible Fellowship in the VMFC program; Bob Curtis is the VMFC lay leader.

Sr. Pastor CJ Counts

During the enrollment, Pastor Counts stated “We desire to help vets in any way we can.” This comment precisely follows the mission of the church.

  • Follow Jesus
  • Reach The Lost
  • Raise Up Disciples
  • Send Out Leaders

“All that we do and say is oriented around these matters, as they are of the highest importance to us.”

Let’s welcome and pray for our newest VFMC.