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Many-Bears Grinder, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner

A Message from Many-Bears Grinder, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner

The momentum of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs continues to be moving in an exciting direction that is opening up more opportunities for Tennessee’s Veterans.

In 1945, the General Assembly created the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) to provide statewide service through claims assistance for federal benefits. Since 1990, TDVA has established four State Veterans Cemeteries across the state. The Department is also in the process of establishing two additional State Veterans Cemeteries. In 2013, TDVA began an online pre-registratin for burial program which allows Veterans and dependents to apply for burial at the State Veterans Cemeteries. The pre-registration process allows TDVA to assist interested applicants with burial eligibility verification before tragedy strikes.

There are 13 TDVA field offices to serve more than 521,000 Veterans and 1.5 million family members in 95 counties. The Department also offers training for 88 County Service Offices to ensure Veterans are receiving updated and high quality customer service from TDVA employees as well as County Service Officer partners. TDVA also serves as a liaison for three existing Tennessee State Veterans Homes which are self-sustaining.

In 2013, TDVA expanded the focus to “Everything Veteran” which includes several state partnerships to address Veteran unemployment, job training, business resources, higher education, Veteran Treatment Courts and mental health resources. In November, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam created the Veterans Education Task Force with a charge to identify the challenges for Veteran students struggling to earn a college degree and innovative best practices to better assist student Veterans navigating federal education benefits and higher education institutions in the Volunteer State.

As you can see, we are moving full speed ahead in 2014 as we increase federal and state partnerships to better serve those who served their country and continue to enrich our Tennessee communities.

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