Organizations and Resources
Williamson County VSO
The Williamson County Veterans Services Office is focused on everything Veteran related and provides information to county Veterans and their family members on all federal and state benefits earned. The Veterans Services Officer also provides accredited representation assisting Veterans and their family members in filing applications with the Veterans Administration. There is no charge to the Veteran or their family member for this service.
Williamson County VSO
1320 West Main Street, Suite 102
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 790-5623
Fax: (615) 595-1222
State of TN Veteran Services
American Job Center
P38 Inc. fills an important niche in supporting our troops in the field. There are many great charities who do important work helping our wounded troops to heal and pick up their lives, others help returning soldiers reconnect in the workplace, while still others, like the USO are on-site, taking theatre production overseas, helping keep their morale up during long months of deployment. P38’s mission is to keep up the warrior’s family morale. They provide a one on one, family to family connection between service members families and civilian families. They have all witnessed love and respect shown to troops in airports personally and on television. What they do is provide the same attention to families who bear separation at the home front.
PO Box 681466
Franklin, TN 37068
Vet Success on Campus
The MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veteran and Military Family Center has partnered with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to host the first Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program in the state of Tennessee. VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, as one of their main roles is to refer service members, veterans and dependents as needed and provide assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. Their main goal is to ensure your academic and future accomplishments by making sure you have all the necessary tools and knowledge to do so.
Columbia State Community College
Veteran and Military Family Services: We are working to be the first choice of veterans in Middle Tennessee.
VA Vet Centers Nashville
Vet Centers serve veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care which adds value for veterans, families and communities. Care includes professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, the brokering of services with community agencies, and providing a key access link between veterans and other services in the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs. A broad spectrum of services is provided including bereavement and sexual trauma counseling.
Contact: Airpark Business Center I, Suite A-5, 1420 Donelson Pike,
Nashville, TN 37217. 615-366-1220, https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/, 1-866-644-5371
Combat Call Center
If you are a veteran or family member of a veteran, the Combat Call Center is designed to help you and the family with referrals to available VA services, benefits, readjustment counseling and outreach services. The Combat Call Center offers a wide range of services to help make a successful transition from military to civilian life including providing relevant information, referrals to Vet Center and other VA medical services.
National Veterans Homeless Hotline: 1-877-424-3838
VET Talk LINE 24/7: 1-855-838-8255
National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274
Marine DSTRESS Line: 1-877-476-7734
VA Medical Centers, Mental Health Emergency Clinic Nashville & Murfreesboro
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
PTSD Information Voice Mail: 802-296-6300
National Center or the Homeless Veteran: 1-877-424-3838
DoD/VA Suicide Outreach: Resources for Suicide Prevention. www.dspo.mil
DCoE Outreach Center for psychological health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Tel: 1-866-966-1020 email@example.com
Military OneSource Tel: 1-800-342-9647 www.militaryonesource.mil
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Telephone Care: 1-800-2228-4973. Option After hours: 877-291-5311
Mental Health Emergency Clinic – Nashville Campus
1310 24th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212 615-327-4751 | 1-800-228-4973
Mental Health Emergency Clinic – Murfreesboro Campus
3400 Lebanon Pike Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-867-6000 | 1-800-876-7093
American Legion Post 22 meets every third Tuesday at 7 o’clock.
Hiram Masonic Lodge. 115 2nd Avenue South, Franklin, TN 37064
Contact Person: Adjutant Jim Howard. 615-939-4513
Brooks Fleming Post No 215, Franklin.
Contact Persons: Cmdr Kenneth Blakely 615-517-0320
Adj., Geraldine Amos, 615-584-3211 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brentwood Post No 156
Contacts: Cmdr.: David Thomas C: 615-394-4669 david.wm.Thomas@gmail.com
Adj., Eric E. Smith, 334-322-0330 email@example.com
Post 248, Fairview Contacts: Cmdr.: Jim Van Sickle, 615-268-1991
Adj., Tara Cronk Bowman, 2714 Fairview Blvd Fairview TN 37062
TN Vietnam Veterans of America
PTSD & Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meetings presented to veterans, 1st responders and
families in communities all across the state of Tennessee.
Contact Person: President Barry Rice, 615-479-8619 • BarryRice.firstname.lastname@example.org
All True Ministries Reborn Warrior
Initiative of All True Ministries, a 501c3 charitable non-profit. Reborn Warrior is a faith based ministry that offers prayer, programs, and partnerships to help those who serve reconnect with their purpose in life, experience peace in their homes, and hope for their future. Our “Spouses Program” helps to strengthen spouses of veterans and first responders, building strong families.
Contact Persons: Scott and Heidi Cunningham. Founders • 615-972-2141
Email: Info@rebornwarrior.com • www.rebornwarrior.com
Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) is uniquely positioned to provide and coordinate the individualized, supportive services Veterans need for successful transition to the community. OSDTN improves the lives of Veterans and their families through employment readiness training and placement, housing assistance, benefits counseling, and the coordination of partner agencies’ services. The OSDTN mission is to assist Veterans and their families so they can be self-sustaining and better connected to the community at large.
Martha Boyd, Board President, OSTD
John Krenson, Executive Director
1125 12th, Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
615-248-1981 fax: 615-248-1987 • www.osdtn.org
For more information about OSDTN and their support services for Veterans
visit our website: www.osdtn.org
Centerstone Military Services.
The purpose is to empower current and former military service members and their families by providing confidential, free or low-cost support, programs and resources to help them face the challenges of life and war. This includes counseling, retreats and on-line resources featuring interactive training.
Contact Persons: COL (Ret.) Kent Crossley 615-463-6623
Karen H. Rhea MD Chief Medical Officer 615-463-6659
Hope and Healing at Hillenglade(HHH) - Equine Assisted Therapy Programs, Events, and Retreats
Hope and Healing at Hillenglade is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization since 2010 offering free individual and group Equine Assisted Events, Programs, and Retreats for Active duty, Veterans, First Responders and their families. HHH is a safe place our Heroes to renew hearts, rebuild lives, and restore relationships for those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.
Contact Person: Jennifer O’Neill. Director HHH
Tel: 615-868-6309 • 30 Hillenglade Drive Nashville TN 37207
www.hillenglade.com & www.Facebook.com/HILLENGLADE
Project Healing Waters – Fly Fishing
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. The focus is wherever the need is greatest and has become recognized as a leader in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled.
Contact Person: Ric Lauston
Tel: 615-516 -417 • Saturnear1@aol.com • www.projecthealingwaters.org
REBOOT Combat Recovery Support Group
REBOOT’s focus is to help military veterans and their families heal from the spiritual and moral wounds of war. They do that by organizing 12-week Combat Trauma Healing Courses in local communities that meet for two hours in the evenings once a week. The courses are free for participants, veteran-led, provide a meal and childcare so the spouse/caregiver/family members can participate and meet in homes, churches, military bases, prisons, VA hospitals and community centers.
Contact Person: John Dale REBOOT Combat Recovery
Email: email@example.com • Tel: 931-292-2011
Check for more information: https://rebootrecovery.com
Wounded Warriors Mental Health Program
Wounded Warrior Project¨ (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
Contact Information: Tim Coop
223 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Suite 301, Nashville TN 37203 • Tel: 615-782-7226
Resource Center Tel: 1-888-997-2586
Costco: “Gatherings of Veterans”
This group informally convenes every Friday at 11 o’clock. Cool Springs Costco. Meetings started about 15 years ago with a couple of veterans meeting for lunch at Costco on a regular basis. They would occasionally attract a few more for lunch. About 5 years ago, there were about 10 who met almost every week and now there can be 30-50 on any given Friday. This is an informal group with no official designation, although the shirt is a good way to create a group identity. An e-mail list has over 75 names on an “A” list (those who show up on a very regular basis) and about 35 on a “B” list (those that were here once or twice, and for whatever reason are not regular attendees). There are guys who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and several who served between conflicts. Many served overseas, some did not. This is an informal gathering of veterans from all branches of the services. During a meal, stories are swapped that leaves every participant with the sense that their circumstances are not unique and that they are amongst caring ‘comrades in arms’. Just turn up. By the kind courtesy of Costco
“Silver Trumpet” Cathedral Breakfasts with Presenters
This is an informal gathering of veterans from all branches of the services. Coffee and doughnuts are served. Apart from the sharing of stories that are swapped, there is a presentation by an invited speaker. The support group members realize they are not unique and that they are amongst friends who care for their physical and mental welfare. The meeting is held every third Tuesday at 7 o’clock at the Nashville Cathedral, Broadway, Nashville, TN
Contact Person: Patrick McGuffey
512 Fairhaven Court Nashville, TN 37211
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Tennessee (AFSP TN)
Established in 1987, the AFSP is a voluntary national health organization, with chapters in all 50 states, dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
• Funding scientific research
• Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
• Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
• Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
The Tennessee chapter holds awareness and fundraising events across the state throughout the year, provides suicide prevention education and training, works with partners to provide local support services and resources, and takes part in advocacy with state and national legislators to advance laws and policies that will help reduce the incidence of suicide.
PO Box 682666
Franklin, TN 37086
VetLinx established the first Community Partnership Program for Veterans' in Middle Tennessee in 2011 and became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2013. We are currently all Volunteers and represent various organizations in Middle Tennessee. VETLINX is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Tax Exemption # 46-2646534.
Pleural Mesothelioma Center
Asbestos in the Military
From the 1930s to the 1970s, the U.S. military used thousands of asbestos-containing products to strengthen,
Insulate and fireproof military bases, ships, aircraft and land vehicles. Servicemen and servicewomen could
encounter asbestos in base housing and almost everywhere they worked. When asbestos-containing materials
are installed or disturbed through daily use or maintenance, asbestos fibers become airborne. Persistently breathing
in these fibers can cause them to build up in the lining of the lungs, which can eventually lead to pleural mesothelioma.
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos,
a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance
to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S
Department of Veteran Affairs. Pleural mesothelioma affects veterans at a disproportionate rate compared to the
general public. Military asbestos exposure used to be a common and uncontrolled hazard for service members.
Veterans with service-connected mesothelioma can file a VA claim for health care and disability compensation.
The Pleural Mesothelioma Center
Toll Free 855-688-9653
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
The veteran population accounts for nearly 30% of mesothelioma diagnoses in the United States. This is largely due to veterans being exposed to asbestos while on active duty in the military. With the latency period of mesothelioma being anywhere from 10 to 50 years, veterans are just now beginning to experience symptoms of this disease, decades after serving our country.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the stomach and heart. Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness and unexplained weight loss.
For those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, the risk of asbestos exposure is still prevalent. Past usages of asbestos continue to linger on military bases, navy ships, and other equipment. According to the 2016 census, there are roughly 20.4 million U.S. veterans who may have been exposed to this carcinogen during service.
If you or a veteran you know believes they have been exposed to asbestos while serving our country, visit www.mesothelioma.com/veterans/ to learn more about asbestos-related diseases and how you can seek compensation accordingly if diagnosed.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Toll Free: 1-800-336-0086
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