KNOXVILLE, TENN. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, today announced “Rally Point,” an event to connect area veterans and their families with services in their communities. The event, taking place on Wednesday, April 4, at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park, will feature 36 agencies and organizations with information for veterans on a number of resources, including VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing and business loans.
“This event is intended to provide veterans and their families with a ‘one-stop shop’ to make it easier for them to connect with local resources and get the help they need,” said Corker. “This is about serving those who have served our country. I thank Mayor Rogero, Mayor Burchett and all the organizations involved for helping us organize this event, and I hope it will be a great resource for Tennessee veterans that we can replicate in other parts of the state.”
“We are all grateful for the service and dedication of our local veterans. I want to encourage veterans and their families to come out to the Rally Point event to learn more about the many services available to them,” said Mayor Rogero.
“The men and women of our armed forces sacrifice so much for this country, but far too often the programs and services promised to them are hard to navigate. This event will help make the benefits they have earned more accessible,” said Mayor Burchett.
“The value of the service of veterans to this nation and the extent of their sacrifices cannot be overstated. We owe a large and lasting debt to those who have defended this country with their sweat, blood and, sometimes, their lives. The collaboration of efforts by Senator Corker and Mayors Rogero and Burchett on behalf of veterans and their families is certainly needed. I hope others around the country will be moved to show the same interest and commitment to those who have served,” said John Dyess, president of the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council.
Rally Point is free and open to all Tennessee veterans. Information about the event is included below and in the attached flyer.
“Rally Point” to assist Tennessee veterans hosted by the office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
Representatives from agencies and organizations serving veterans in Tennessee
Representatives from U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s office
Mayor Madeline Rogero
Mayor Tim Burchett
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park
3301 East Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
Chuck Harper (Corker), 202-228-5488
Micah Johnson (Corker), 202-228-6523
Angela Starke (Rogero), 865-215-2267
Michael Grider (Burchett), 865-215-2005
Veterans with questions about the event should call Senator Corker’s Knoxville office at 865-637-4180.
ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING IN RALLY POINT:
American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
Blount County Office or Aging, Community Action Agency
Blue Star Mothers
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office
Disabled American Veterans
East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (ETMAC)
East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Assoc.
Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Johnson City Vet Center
Knoxville Bar Association
Knoxville Vet Center
Ladies Auxilary of VFW
Marine Corp League Detachment 924
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Patriot Guard Riders
Pellissippi State Community College
Small Business Administration
Tennessee Community Assistance Progam
Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs
Tennessee Marine Families
Tennessee Military Department - J-9 (Soldier, Family Readiness and Employment Programs)
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Tennessee Veterans Business Association
U.S. Department of Education, Veterans' Pre-College Program
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Senior Vets
University of Tennessee Educational Opportunity Center
UT Hospice, We Honor Veterans Program
VA Knoxville Outpatient Clinic
Veterans Employment/TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Volunteers of America