Karl Dean for Governor Announces Veterans and Military Families for Dean
Dean Identifies Need to Increase Number of State Veterans Service Officers, Support for County Veterans Service Officers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 9, 2017) — Ahead of honoring veterans and military families’, including more than 500,000 veterans currently living in Tennessee, at Nashville’s Veterans Day Parade this Saturday, Nov. 11, Karl Dean for Governor today announced the formation of Veterans and Military Families for Dean. The group, which will be composed of veterans and family members from multiple generations, and all regions of the state, will provide counsel to the campaign on issues including veteran healthcare, housing, employment, and education opportunities.
“Anne and I are both the children of Army veterans. I am honored to have the support and guidance of such a distinguished group of men and women who have served our country. I look forward to receiving their insights into what we can do as a state to best support Tennessee veterans and military families,” Dean said.
“As governor, I will work to increase Medicaid funding for Tennesseans, including veterans and their families. Additionally, I will seek solutions to expand the number of state veterans service officers and to increase support for county veterans service officers — all of whom perform critical work to help veterans gain access to the benefits they are owed and resources that can help them build successful civilian lives after military service.”
Robert Tuke, a Marine Vietnam veteran and founding member of Veterans and Military Families for Dean said: “Mayor Dean’s record speaks for itself. As Mayor of Nashville, he re-established the all so important, Davidson County Veterans Service Officer position, which had been vacant for 40 years. I am confident no candidate for governor will work harder than Karl to advocate for the programs to help veterans and their families.”
Veterans and Military Families founding members include:
Lionel Barrett of Centerville, U.S. Army Veteran
Erin Coleman of Nashville, U.S. Army Veteran
Cindy Humphrey of Johnson City, Tennessee Army National Guard
Ken Irvine of Knoxville, U.S. Army Veteran
Ken Jordan of South Pittsburg, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Thomas Keefe of Loudon, U.S. Army Veteran
Hon. William Owen of Knoxville, U.S. Navy Veteran
John Rutherford of Nashville, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Thurston Smith of Memphis, U.S. Army Veteran
Robert Tuke of Nashville, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Hon. Tanaka Vercher of Nashville, U.S. Navy Veteran
As Mayor of Nashville, Dean re-established a Davidson County Metro Government Veterans Service Officer position in 2014 to help promote and protect the rights of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. County veterans service officers, like the one Dean appointed in Nashville, assist veterans and their families with such things as federal burial and survivor benefits, as well as link them to educational and employment opportunities.
As Governor of Tennessee, Dean will work to expand the number of state veterans service officers and recruit additional resources for county veterans service officers to support veteran healthcare, housing, employment, and education opportunities.
Future members of Veterans and Military Families for Dean will be listed on Our Community page.