Veteran’s Town Hall Thursday

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Marshall County Veterans Outreach wants to improve communication between veterans and their service providers.

The group will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Church Street Church of Christ annex in Lewisburg with that objective in mind.

“We are trying to create an environment,” said Larry McKnight, “where instead of veterans getting frustrated, they can interact with the decision makers.”

A meet and greet period will be held between 6 and 7 p.m. to offer veterans an opportunity to discuss state-level issues.

Both Senator Jim Tracy and Representative Rick Tillis are confirmed to be attending, as well as Tennessee Commissioner of Veteran Services Many Bears Grinder.

Tracy will be hosting the meet and greet and providing home-made ice cream, cookies and drinks.

Veterans will be able to discuss bills that impact them ahead of the coming session of the Legislature and other state programs.

From 7 to 8 p.m., a town hall meeting will be held, covering Veteran’s Affairs and Veteran Services issues.

Jennifer Vedral-Baron, health systems director for the Tennessee Valley for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and her staff will attend and address the meeting on the top five priorities of the VA system.

McKnight said that he attended a similar meeting in Murfreesboro and was impressed by how many questions and issues that Vedral-Baron and her staff were able to resolve on site.

Representatives of both Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker are also scheduled to attend.

The meeting is open to all vets, their families, and their caregivers.

McKnight expects veterans from Lincoln and Maury Counties to attend as well.

He hopes to continue these town hall meetings at least every year, if not every six months.

“We just have to keep it on the forefront or people forget about it,” said McKnight.