The V.A. Is Making Suicide Prevention A Top Priority_ Michael G. Sheppard

Suicide Prevention Remains A Top Priority Of The V.A.

Suicide prevention has become the Department of Veterans Affairs’ top priority. All former service members should have a safe place they can turn to if they are having a mental health crisis. This could mean urgent care at a Vet Center, VA emergency department, or the Veterans Crisis Line. Every suicide is a tragedy and is a public health epidemic… Read more →

V.A.'s Robert Wilke's Position on the Privatization of Health Care_ Michael G. Sheppard

The V.A.’s Robert Wilke’s Position on the Privatization of Health Care

Robert Wilkie has been confirmed as the United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs as of July 10, 2018. An Air Force reservist, Wilkie is the son of an Army artillery commander and wounded veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Wilkie brings to the VA the experience of 30 years of working on national security and military issues. While in the Defense… Read more →

V.A. Avoids Responsibility Over Malpractice Claims_ Michael G. Sheppard

V.A. Avoids Responsibility Over Malpractice Claims

In 2009, many veterans received a letter detailing that they may have been exposed to life-threatening infections due to damaged equipment or unclean colonoscopy equipment. John Renegar Jr., a 66-year-old Vietnam vet, was one of those who tested positive for chronic hepatitis. Due to the lack of care, Renegar is now at risk for life-threatening liver damage for the rest of… Read more →

Bonsai Finance's Scholarship Aids Veterans and Dependents _ Michael G. Sheppard

Bonsai Finance’s Scholarship Aids Veterans and Dependents

To lighten the burden of college costs, Bonsai Finance, a veteran-owned finance company, offers monetary scholarships to people presently or formerly in the armed forces, as well as their dependents. The goal of this award is to acknowledge those who have served the country, along with the sacrifices made by the military families by providing them the opportunity to go… Read more →

Michael G. Sheppard Lincoln County High School Junior Wins Constitution Bee

Lincoln County High School Junior Wins Constitution Bee

  The state of Tennessee has a new Constitution Bee champion. Cooper Moran is this year’s winner of the Spring 2018 Tennessee Star Constitution Bee, sponsored by the Polk Foundation. As the individual winner, the Lincoln City High School junior received a $3,000 Andrew Woodfin Miller Foundation Scholarship, provided by generous donations to the Polk Foundation. The scholarship was presented to… Read more →

Michael G. Sheppard Vietnam's Most Decorated Unit

Remembering Vietnam: Vietnam’s Most Decorated Unit

In the history of military warfare, there are thousands of memorable battles that illustrate the incredible courage and determination of the human spirit, especially when faced with overwhelming odds. One such example is the Vietnam War’s Battle of Hill 488 and the brave men of Team 2, a Marine Recon platoon that subsequently became the war’s most decorated unit.  … Read more →

How You Can Help_ Michael G. Sheppard

How You Can Help Veterans With PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that many veterans suffer from after their return from their service. In the United States alone, eight million people suffer from it. Since the Iraq and Afghanistan War, this number has jumped to 11 to 20 percent. The disorder has the ability to make veterans feel alone and have to suffer by themselves. This couldn’t be further from… Read more →