Governor Haslam Proclaims May 10 Military Spouse Day
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 11:12 AM
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced May 10, 2013 is Military Spouse Day. The day of recognition for military spouses is observed throughout the country to include Tennessee.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a day of observance to recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices of military spouses.
The United States Armed Forces now set aside the Friday before Mother's Day each year to pay tribute spouses who continue to take care of their families and homes while their uniformed loved ones answer the call to serve their country.
"Behind many of our great service members is an incredibly supportive military spouse," Grinder said. "The support of military spouses is critical to our country's mission, to the well-being of our troops and to the stability of military homes everywhere. Today, we pause to recognize military spouses for their sacrifice and enduring commitment."
Anderson County Soldier Killed While Serving in Operation Enduring Freedom
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 02:27 PM
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder regretfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier Staff Sergeant Christopher Michael Ward of Oak Ridge.
Ward was fatally injured when his patrol was struck by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) which detonated on Saturday, April 6 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Ward was serving with Troop A, 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Georgia. [More...]
Governor Haslam Observes Milestone Anniversary to Recognize Vietnam Veterans
Monday, March 25, 2013 | 02:00 PM
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder formally recognized and remembered Vietnam Veterans leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops
On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam. Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia. Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War and 1,289 Tennessee service members were killed. [More...]