NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 15, 2016) – Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry are pleased to announce the formation of the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board to engage the community on ways to support our veterans. The board was recently created under the MyVA Communities model implemented by Secretary of United States Department of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald.
This initiative is a locally-sponsored community movement guided by a community Veterans engagement board comprised of community leaders with vested interests in Veterans affairs. By combining community resources, the board aims to improve the connections between service providers and organizations; leverage their collective networks and knowledge to resolve community-specific issues; locally eliminate barriers to service delivery; and improve support to Veterans.
“The mission to serve Veterans with high-quality services, resources and information requires local, state, federal and non-profit partnerships,” Grinder said. “The Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board brings these partners together to collaborate and look for areas to improve how Veterans and their families are served. It is a privilege to work with so many organizations committed to offering their best to ensure Nashville Veterans are connected to the resources they need.”
“As the daughter of a Marine veteran, I value and cherish the contributions and sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces to keep our nation and the world safe,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “By bringing community partners to the table to discuss important issues, we can identify weaknesses and build upon our successes in ensuring that veterans have the support and resources they deserve.”
Commissioner Grinder and Lieutenant General (Ret) Keith Huber Co-Chair the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board. Membership of the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board includes representatives of the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Mission Continues Nashville Service Platoon, Operation Stand Down Tennessee, United Service Organization of Nashville, Hospital Corporation of America, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Vet Center and the Nashville Regional Benefit Office, Gold Star Mothers, Tennessee National Guard, Middle Tennessee State University, State of Tennessee’s Department of Labor and Workforce, Department of Military, and Department of Veterans Services, and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.
The Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board held its first public forum on Tuesday, June 21 at the Nashville Public Library Downtown for Veterans, Service members, their families, and those who advocate on their behalf to provide feedback and recommendations on how to improve services in the community. Stay tuned for the announcement of the next forum event.