Vet to Vet Tennessee

Each One, Reach One, Teach One

Maryville, TN   |  http://tnvhc.org/

Mission

Our goals are to stop Veteran suicide, homelessness and incarceration through PTSD awareness, intervention, prevention and resolution training; mental health first aid; peer support; with faith-based organizations, federal, state and local agencies; and mentoring.

We can help you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs, address housing & judicial issues, and offer strategies and coping skills for living a healthy lifestyle

Notes from the nonprofit

Reducing opiods addiction, veteran suicide, incarceration, homelessness, female veteran services and readjustment issues is our mission. We also have proven that incredible success doesn't mean lots of funding. It means dedicated volunteers provide a much better work product.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Freddie J Owens

Treasurer

Edouard P Junod

Main address

437 Murphy Road

Maryville, TN 37801 USA

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Formerly known as

Legacy Peer Support Group

EIN

81-3402630

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2012, the VA's study on veterans' suicide concluded that 22 veterans a day take their own lives. Now the VA's September 15, 2017 report show the number reduced to 20 veterans a day thanks to organizations like V2VT. However, 20 veterans per day is outrageous. That's still one veteran suicide too many and 7,300 veterans annually from all eras of war including WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. That's more suicides annually than the total American deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) since the wars began. This is a shocking number that many find hard to believe.More veterans have died by their own hands than by the enemy. We must "Do Something"

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veteran Specific Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suidide Prevention

To save Veterans/First Responder lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Population(s) Served

We help Veterans and their families to help repair their mind, body, spirit and home. This is a pilot program with Blount County Habitat for Humanity and Vet to Vet Tennessee. Program began in October 2017

Population(s) Served

Veterans treatment courts have gained national prominence as the most innovative solution for veterans caught up in the criminal justice system due to substance use and/or mental health disorders and trauma. Veterans treatment courts connect these men and women to the benefits and treatment they have earned; saving their lives, families, and futures, and saving tax dollars for the American public.
Vet to Vet Tennessee's Veterans Court program provides support to rural judicial district by providing Justice For Vets' trained mentors and mentor coordinators. Vet to Vet Tennessee' VC program has been operating since 2013 and has a 95% success rate and a 19% dropout/termination rate. Program is free to all courts and veterans.

Population(s) Served

Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VFMC) was conceived to promote a sense of community, acceptance and support for Veterans and their families. Launched by the Knoxville Regional Mental Health Council’s Faith-Based Committee in February 2012, it has become an integral part of the Faith Based Initiative for veterans and their families. Program has expanded to 6 states and now in the process of going nationally with Vet to Vet Tennessee's partner, the Military Chaplains Association of America. Vet to Vet provide 4 different faith-based recovery/readjustment training for free.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of incarcerations across clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Veterans Courts

Context Notes

A new courtroom system which is helping vets turn their lives around. Veterans treatment courts are transforming the way veterans interact with the criminal justice system. 96% graduation rate

Number of students receiving information on suicide

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Related Program

Veteran Specific Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suidide Prevention

Context Notes

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) has trained various veterans, veterans, first responder, faith-based, hospice/home care, SUD & Mental health and educational organizations for FREE.

Total number of client suicides

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Veteran Specific Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suidide Prevention

Context Notes

Veteran suicide ideation is extremely high with the homeless and incarcerated veterans. Our outreach programs provides us the opportunity to locate and identify high risk veterans.= through our VMFC

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Repairs for Heroes

Context Notes

New collaborative veterans housing program with Blount County Habitat for Humanity (BHfH) and Maryville AMVETS Post 22 (Post). “Repairs for Heroes”; repairs vets mind, body, spirit and home.

Number of veterans with PTSD

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation

Context Notes

Veterans completing the VA PTSD workgroup have the opportunity to continue with peer support group one of our affiliates, Legacy Peer Support groups. All homeless and incarcerated veterans enter LPG

Number of clients using Expungement clinic

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Veterans Courts

Context Notes

Free expungement court designed to help people with criminal records review their criminal records and determine whether the charges can be removed and old court cost waived. Pro bono legal support

Number of goals met

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation

Context Notes

The annual goals begin in FY 2013. All of our goals have been accomplished except FY 2015. 3. Council’s VFC Committee to register ten (10) Veteran Friendly Congregations/Ministries. 4 registered

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Repairs for Heroes

Context Notes

Total Veteran Specific QPR suicide prevention gatekeepers 435. Trained over 80 We Honor Veterans hospice care employees.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To reduce Veteran/Military suicide. Our outreach programs provides free training to 1,000s of individuals who become certified suicide prevention gatekeepers. Our programs increases awareness, reduces the guilt and shame, and provides the skills to identify a person at risk. Our goals are to stop Veteran suicide, homelessness and incarceration through PTSD awareness, intervention, prevention and resolution training; mental health first aid; peer support; with federal, state and local agencies; and mentoring.

We can help you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs, address housing & judicial issues, and offer strategies and coping skills for living a healthy lifestyle. Give us the chance to tell you how. Just as on the battlefield.

V2VT has a plan that's already in action! We have veteran specific programs that are geared towards reducing post- traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and civilian readjustment. We have a unique Veteran/First Responder Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention program, including trained peer mentors, that will support veterans and their families.

This outreach program extends into the rural communities and helps us to locate high risk veterans. With your help we can do more!

Established a Veterans Mental Health Council in 2102, which is comprised of a diverse number of veterans, veteran advocates, VA Leadership team from VISN9, Mountain Home VAMC and the Knoxville Outpatient Clinic. Created the Legacy Peer Support Group which provides veterans the opportunity to meet outside of the VA, to meet the needs of our veterans with certified Peer Support Specialist. Created numerous Veterans Courts in Eastern Tennessee to help identify high risk veterans; many are homeless, suicidal, have SUD, family and mental health issues. We partner with not only the VA but also numerous private sector organizations and many faith-based organizations to help us meet our goals. We have created several copyrighted training programs and an evidence-based Veteran specific suicide prevention program.

Outreach, identification, training and support of high risk veterans/military and the steps to take reduce post- traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and civilian readjustment. VTVT has trained over 1,000 law enforcement, correction personnel and civilian health care providers. Trained over 500 individuals in suicide prevention. Have over 50 Veterans who have graduated from our Veterans Courts since 2014. Have supported over 100 suicidal veterans. Has had suicidal queries added to the VA's intake form to include "Are you currently suicidal" which helped increase awareness in one clinic by 57%. Partnered with the VA to create Chaplain tele-health which makes access to Chaplains possible. VA claims that veterans are 5x more likely to speak to clergy than VA personnel. Expand our program to the civilian community since 70% of veterans who committ suicide or use hospice care, do not go to the VA for services. New partners include Humana, Inc., the Military Chaplains Association, Celebrate Recovery, We Honor Veterans, Cornerstone of Recover, University of Tennessee and Habitat for Humanity.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Vet to Vet Tennessee

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Freddie Owens

Vet to Vet Tennessee

Term: 2012 - 2018


Board co-chair

Randall Scott

Vet to Vet Tennessee

Term: 2016 - 2018

Robert Hatley

Vet to Vet Tennessee

Taylor Thomas

Vet to Vet Tennessee

Melvin Oggs

Vet to Vet Tennessee

Edouard Junod

Vet to Vet Tennessee

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes