KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 5, 2102)– Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and U.S. Senator Bob Corker hosted a successful event Wednesday to connect area veterans and their families with services in their communities. The event was titled "Rally Point" and was held at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. It featured 40 agencies and organizations with information for veterans on a number of resources, including VA claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, mental health, housing and business loans.
“This event is intended to provide veterans and their families with a ‘one-stop shop’ to make it easier for them to connect with local resources and get the help they need,” said Corker. “This is about serving those who have served our country. I thank Mayor Rogero, Mayor Burchett and all the organizations involved for helping us organize this event, and I hope it will be a great resource for Tennessee veterans that we can replicate in other parts of the state.”
“We are all grateful for the service and dedication of our local veterans. I want to encourage veterans and their families to come out to the Rally Point event to learn more about the many services available to them,” said Mayor Rogero.
“The men and women of our armed forces sacrifice so much for this country, but far too often the programs and services promised to them are hard to navigate. This event will help make the benefits they have earned more accessible,” said Mayor Burchett.
“The value of the service of veterans to this nation and the extent of their sacrifices cannot be overstated. We owe a large and lasting debt to those who have defended this country with their sweat, blood and, sometimes, their lives. The collaboration of efforts by Senator Corker and Mayors Rogero and Burchett on behalf of veterans and their families is certainly needed. I hope others around the country will be moved to show the same interest and commitment to those who have served,” said John Dyess, president of the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council.
Veterans with questions about the event should contact the Knox County Office of Community Outreach at 865-215-HELP (4357) or Sen. Corker's Knoxville office at 865-637-4180.