VMFC Host 1st Youth/Military/Spiritual Suicide Prevention play “Worth It”

November 10, 2019 a new VMFC, Faith Promise North Knox Church, Knoxville, Tennessee hosted a new suicide prevention comedy, musical and drama about youth/military suicide.

Vet to Vet Tennessee created and produced the show which was performed on the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The name of the show is “Worth It” which was written and produced by Tonya Stoutt Brown.

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VMFC Host QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor Class December 17, 2019

Concord United Methodist Church is a MCA VMFC lead congregation and is hosting a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor class on Tuesday December 17, 2019.

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) is providing 10 free Instructor training scholarships for the class. Several members of other VMFC congregations have already enrolled. Enrollment to the class is currently open until December 1, 2019. Travel and lodging scholarships are also available. So please hurry, scholarships go fast. Go to https://suicideprevention.tnvhc.org/becoming-a-gatekeeper-instructor/

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2nd Episcopal VMFC in Arizona

On October 26, 2019 Father Bruce Jackson and Lay Leader Buz Isban enrolled St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church into MCA’s Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation.

This is the first VMFC in Glendale Arizona; congratulations! All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church in Sun City Arizona was our first VMFC enrolled by the CareForTheTroops in Arizona.

Thank you Father Bruce Jackson and Lay Leader Buz Iban for your commitment to those who serve our nation in defending liberty around our globe. We look forward to our continuing partnership with you. If you would like to send Pastor Jackson or Buz Iban a message, please leave your comment below. Be blessed and happy.

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1st VMFC in Rialto California

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, lead by Bishop Samuel Azariah and Lay Leader Stan Hobbs, enrolled their church into VMFC family on Thursday October 10 , 2019. Bishop Samuel Azariah and Lay Leader Stan Hobbs are excited to become part of the VMFC network.

This is the first VMFC in Rialto California Colorado and the second in CA. Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church in Cordova CA was the 1st.

Thank you Bishop Azariah and Lay Leader Stan Hobbs for your commitment to those who serve our nation in defending liberty around our globe. We look forward to our continuing partnership with you. If you would like to send Bishop Sammy or Stan a message, please leave your comment below. Be blessed and happy.

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Navy Korean War Veteran – Robert Kolsrud receives Ambassador For Peace Medal

Vet to Vet Tennessee received and processed Mr. Kolsrud’s medal application in April 2019. Thanks to the South Korean Embassy and Soo Ha the medal was received in August 2019.

Mr. Kolsrud was presented the medal by his church Pastor on Mr. Kolsrud 65th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2019. Eunice and Robert currently live in Waukon Iowa. God bless them for their faith, service and sacrifice. Happy anniversary and Welcome Home Robert. Click here to learn more about the Ambassador For Peace Medal. It is free. Click here to read Robert’s thank you letter.

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VMFC Honors Korean War Veteran with the Korean Ambassador For Peace Medal

New Hope of Cumberland Presbyterian of Madisonville Tennessee is a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation who has always supported our veterans/military and their families. On July 21, 2019 New Hope’s Pastor David Koopman present Korean War Army Veteran, Ulysses Monday with the Republic of South Korea’s Ambassador For Peace Medal and Vet to Vet Tennessee’s Korean War Certificate of Honor after the Sunday service. Ulysses was extremely humble, happy and honored to have received the recognition.

We are grateful to the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. and Mr. Soo Ha for making this presentation possible. We are blessed and grateful to Mr. Monday and his family for his service and sacrifice. God bless Mr. Monday. Here is a link to a few more photos.

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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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