We are three (3) Veteran affiliations working as one volunteer unit to serve those who served in the Military


Ours goals are to stop Veteran suicide, homeless and incarceration through PTSD awareness, intervention and resolution training; mental health first aid, peer support, Veteran suicide prevention training; coordination with federal, state and local agencies and area non-profit organizations; and mentoring.

We can help you navigate the VA, address housing issues, and offers strategies and coping skills for living a healthy lifestyle.  Give us the chance to tell you how.  Just as on the battlefield.

Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council

Legacy Peer Support Group (LPG)

Vet to Vet Tennessee


"It's Good To Have You Back America was written and sung by Navy Veteran Terry Lockwood. Council's theme song; JL Tucker's favorite.

It's Good To Have You Back America\"     

On Friday, January 15, 2016, Freddie Owens’ 97 year- old, Georgia Henry Owens, passed away.  Freddie and his family have been preparing for her final life journey. You can view the obituary here.

3559716_wlppPlease send your prayers and condolences to [email protected].  Credit card or PayPal donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the right.  Any donations collected in the next 14 days will be sent to Freddie Owens and his family.  If you would like to mail a check, please make it payable to "Legacy Peer Support Group", 4812 Asheville Highway, Knoxville TN 37914

What started almost four (4)  years ago as a city-based organization has now grown and expanded its programs to over 24 East Tennessee counties.  Many services are available to Veterans and their families iin the urban communities but little are available in the RURAL communities.  Not only do we support urban communities but we also specialize in helping in the rural areas where most services are unavailible.  We are still a totally volunteer group with no paid staff and only having donated meeting and office space.  Our officers generally pay for their own training or participate in community-based grant funded training programs.

Peer Oriented Services are fundamental to an improved quality of life.

Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Legacy Peer Support Group, Vet to Vet Tennessee, Veteran Friendly Congregation Committee, Veterans Treatment Court Committee, PTSD Awareness, Intervention, Resolution (PAIR) Law Enforcement Training Committee. Results matter!

We Bring

Communications is the key to a successful partnership. three examples listed below is a great way to start 2015. We are honored serve with you!

Time matters!

Time is of the essence therefore once a new program/process is identified, it is crucial to develop a best in class plan and expeditiously execute the program. Remember "Each One, Teach One, Teach One".

Our mission is to make sure veterans and their families are provided the best medical and medical care they have earned

5 Legacy Peer Support groups, 16 Veteran Friendly Congregation/Ministries, Knox County Veterans Treatment Court 40 Veteran Mentors PAIR (PTSD Awareness, Intervention & Awareness) Law Enforcement training over 800 trained in 2015

Council mission

The Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council seeks to be a “bridge” between veterans receiving healthcare services and their families; VA medical and mental health professionals; veterans support organizations; and the community. Our goal is to ensure better access to information and services, and to identify and advocate for needed changes. Through improved communication and better understanding, veterans challenged by mental health issues may then pursue treatment without fear of stigma.

Our Council is Chaired by Veterans and is endorsed but not a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

LPG mission

Our legacy, as Veterans, is to continue to support each other as we did when we were active duty.  We watched each others backs and our mission is to continue that tradition.  Regardless of our generation or war, we share the bond that comes with military service.  We do not judge each other.  We support each other now with the same intensity we did in service.  Our experiences during our military service provides us with unique strengths and capabilities; they allow one to see opportunities, hope and solutions rather than just problems and hopelessness.  Join with us in helping other Veterans recover and grow from those painful memories, depression, family issues, and dependencies that have controlled our lives and ruined many dreams and goals.

vet to vet tn mission
Our goal is to be able to provide a safe haven to any Veteran within our area of service.  Vet to Vet TN gives the veteran a sense of worth that allows them to support and promote their own recovery.  By being patients and supporters and through shared experiences and peer to peer support, the veteran can gain strength, courage, and ownership when it comes to advocating their recovery.


If you went to see the movie "American Sniper",  then you can start to understand how the war changes the brave men and women who served.  The next mission they encounter is returning  & readjusting at home.  It was the legend, Navy Seal Chris Kyle's veteran advocacy that helped him return to his family to find joy, happiness and love that he lost in the war.

It is only through the generosity and kindness of caring people like yourself that we can provide the services we do.  Your support towards helping us help other veterans is greatly appreciated.

Please contact your patriotic friends and veteran advocates to help us achieve our mission "Leave no veteran behind".

Crisis Hotline

Is there someone to call if a veteran is in crisis or at risk of suicide?
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Vet Centers and VA Medical Centers stand ready to reach out and help veterans in crisis or at risk for suicide. We can help.  Find a VA facility  or Vet Center today!


Veterans Appreciation Event at Atria on Presidents Day

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3rd Annual AFSP TN State Capitol Day

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1st Veterans Court Graduates from Loudon & Monroe Counties

PRESS RELEASE ‘Loudon & Monroe Veteran Court 1st Veteran Graduates’ January 27, 2016 Loudon County, Tenn. – Loudon County Veterans…

Wearing/Giving a Veteran Hat Makes a Difference

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