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Private First Class Lotchie J.R. Jones went missing on November 2, 1950
    Jasper Soldier Missing Nearly 65 Years Will Finally Be Laid to Rest
    Monday, March 2, 2015 | 08:55 am

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Lotchie John Ray Jones of Jasper. Jones went missing on or about November 2, 1950 in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea and is believed to have died while in enemy captivity at the Pyoktong Prisoner of War Camp 5 on February 28, 1951. The Marion County native was serving with "B" Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War when he went missing. He was 17 years old.

    In September, 1954, Chinese forces turned over remains recovered at POW Camp 5 and mistakenly identified as Delano B. Mulder. Efforts to correctly identify the former prisoner of war in 1954 were unsuccessful. In 1956, the unidentifiable remains were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu, Hawaii. [More...]

    Haslam Unveils Veterans Education Task Force Report
    Monday, November 10, 2014 | 01:36 pm

  • NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor's Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veterans.

    Recommendations made by the task force are: support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices; provide opportunities for colleges and universities to compete for funding veteran-focused initiatives; and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal. [More...]

    Hundreds More to be Served in Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court
    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 10:37 am

  • NASHVILLE - Through a $1.5 million federal grant, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is providing increased funding to Veterans courts in Shelby County, Montgomery County and Davidson County. The result is an expansion of services, over a three-year period, giving hundreds more service members in Tennessee the option of pursuing treatment and recovery programs rather than incarceration.

    Tennessee's Veterans Treatment Court, which helps service members and Veterans who come into the criminal justice system, will be assisting 263 more Veterans over the next three years. [More...]

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