Veterans, families set to be focused in event

By BRIAN GRAVES Staff Writer
Posted 9/18/17

“Joint Operation,” a free event to provide veterans and their families with one-stop access to local resources and services, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the …

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Veterans, families set to be focused in event

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“Joint Operation,” a free event to provide veterans and their families with one-stop access to local resources and services, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Museum Center at Five Points.

The event was organized by the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and is being co-hosted by Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis and Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

“Joint Operation is a one-stop shop to make it easier for veterans to get the help they need, and will bring more than 45 organizations under one roof to answer questions and offer assistance,” said Corker. “We are truly inspired by how the community is coming together to help those who have served our country and also appreciate the assistance we have received from Mayors Davis and Rowland.”

Joint Operation is open to all Tennessee veterans and their families, and will feature more than 45 agencies and organizations with information on a number of resources, including: VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much more.

“This upcoming event is just a small way of giving back to those who have given so much. We owe a great debt to many men and women across Bradley County, and this region,” said Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.

“There are many resources that are readily available to them as an earned benefit but these resources are rarely at a ‘one stop’ environment that makes it easier for our veterans to access these benefits. Hopefully this combined effort to bring these resources to a single location will prove to be another tangible example of our continuing gratitude for each and every veteran,” Davis said.

“I am happy to share the hosting of this event with Sen. Corker and Mayor Davis,” said Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland. “I urge any veteran seeking assistance with any problem or to check on benefits to attend the event. This is an opportunity for veterans to get answers almost instantly.”

Veterans with questions about the event should contact Sen. Corker’s Chattanooga office at 423-756-2757.

The participating organizations are:

• Alliance of Therapy Dogs

• All Veterans Stand Down

• American Jobs Center

• American Red Cross

• Belhaven University

• Boots to Business

• Bradley County Trustee’s Office

• Bryan College

• Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association

• Chattanooga National Cemetery

• Chattanooga State Community College

• Chattanooga VA Clinic

• Chattanooga Vet Center

• Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce

• Cleveland Housing Authority

• Cleveland State Community College

• Cleveland State Small Business Development Center

• Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

• Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee

• Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee

• Job Corps

• Legal Aid of East Tennessee

• Lee University

• Military Women Across the Nation (MWAN)

• Miller-Motte Technical College

• MobilityWorks

• National Guard

• Operation Freedom Dogs

• Operation Song

• REBOOT Recovery

• Sharon’s Senior Services

• Southeast Tennessee Development

• Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency

• Southeast Tennessee Veterans Coalition

• Southern Adventist University

• Survivor Outreach Services

• Tennessee Department of Labor

• Tennessee Department of Veterans Services

• Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center

• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

• U.S. Social Security Administration

• United Way of the Ocoee Region

• University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

• University of Tennessee-Knoxville

• Volunteer Behavioral Health

• Volunteers of America.

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