Volunteer State War Era Veterans Honor Guard


American Hero Dying For Freedom

Isn't The Worst That Can Happen

Being Forgotten is! ...

"A Nation Reveals Itself Not Only By

The Men It Produces, But Also By The

Men It Honors. "

John F. Kennedy, President



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Honor Guard Purpose



Why do we have an Honor Guard?



No one serves his or her country like a member of a Military Funeral Honor Guard. A member of the Military Funeral Honor Guard is charged with a leadership role like

no other in the world. The title Military Funeral Honor Guard carries responsibilities above their peers and above what is to be normally expected of a service member to

have untiring dedication in providing solemn reverent, and dignified military bearing. Our primary purpose of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard is to maintain the

Constitution and Laws of the United States of America. Honor all East Tennessee veterans who have served their country with honor in the U.S. Armed Forces. To that end,

seven primary goals have been established: To provide full Military Funeral Honors to all of East Tennessee's area honorably discharged veterans without regard to rank,

sex, race, color, creed, national origin, or social status. To provide assistance to the deceased veteran's next of kin in funeral arrangements, provide counseling in the area

of veterans' benefits - local, state and national. Allow committees, organizations, and groups who share the same ideals and beliefs of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor

Guard to become Ancillary Units within the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard organization. Volunteers in the Honor Guard are serving a 19 county area of East

Tennessee, providing Military Funeral Honors upon request. We honor the patriotic Americans who have answered the call to arms in defense of our freedom and liberties.

 The war era veterans' sacrifices must stay alive in our minds for generation after generation for historical, educational and patriotic reasons. What these men and women

gave for America holds an important message that must never leave our thoughts. Freedom is not Free!  We provide Pall Bearers, Chaplain, Rifle Salute, Taps, Folding and

Presentation of the American Flag to next of kin. When requested, Honor Guard volunteers visit area schools, nursing homes and churches to perform a patriotic flag

ceremonial program, which teaches Americanism and Patriotism, to acquaint our citizens and children with the numerous contributions and sacrifices of our veterans; their

grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandmothers, mothers, aunts and sisters. We serve the general public, survivors of deceased veterans, pupils, teachers in our area

schools and approximately 40 thousand living Knox County veterans.


Public Outreach Department for The Mesothelioma Center.


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Employment and Social Reintegration For Vets After Service


May be of interest for those veterans that are investigating this site

for useful information

Cadet Ryan Cirbo, United States Army, ROTC, University of Tennessee

Thank You Cadet Ryan Cirbo

A great tool for planning on how much financing your business will take and the best ways to go about funding.

A “how-to” guide for Vets on getting everything started in their entrepreneurial adventure.




Grief resources for loved ones mourning from afar





Dealing with Death at a Distance - 5 Tips for Saying Goodbye


Funeral Planning from Afar: A Guide for Long-Distance Caregivers


How to Help a Grieving Friend Long-Distance


How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One While Overseas


Addiction Resource




Consequences of tobacco use within the Veteran community




Thank You Judith Bennett



Estate Planning Guide


An estate plan offers peace-of-mind and can even help mitigate potential family conflicts after a loved one passes, yet only 45 percent of people actually have one.

We break down why they're so important, the elements of a well-rounded estate plan, and when one should be modified to fit your changing needs.

You can view our resource here: https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/why-everyone-needs-an-estate-plan/


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Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard




Freedom is not free …

 By Susan Watson (Knoxville, Tennessee News Sentinel)

Over the years, 1.3 million Americans have given their lives in service of their country. Over 1.4 million veterans have been wounded in combat and have lived with the

consequences. The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard was established, in part, to ensure that these veterans are never forgotten. Founded in 1987, the purpose of

the Honor Guard is to honor all East Tennessee honorably discharged veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Services. It is a nonprofit t volunteer member

organization which operates through public support and private donations. There are currently over 75,000 veterans who live in the Knoxville area. The Honor Guard serves

Knox, Blount, Anderson, and Sevier counties. The 34 members of the Guard represent all service branches. They are distinguished veterans from every war since and

including WWII. The Guard presides at more than 200 military funerals and 15 flag ceremonies each year. They also serve at memorial services and provide counseling

through the local office of Veterans Affairs. By law, all honorably discharged veterans are entitled to a folded flag and the playing of Taps at their funeral services. The

volunteers of the Honor Guard provide much more at no charge to the veteran’s family. The Guard can be called upon by families of veterans of any branch of service,

of any rank, regardless of their length of service or whether they served during war or peacetime. A military funeral with honors can take place at the Tennessee State

Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville or at other locations in the counties served. It is led by a presiding chaplain of the Honor Guard who begins each service with remarks

to the family and an explanation to those present of the  significance of each part of the service to come. A rifle salute, the highest honor possible for a veteran, follows.

Taps is then played, and the service concludes with the folding of the flag and its presentation to the family. All members of the Volunteer Veterans Honor Guard agree

that it is a privilege to assist the loved ones left behind and pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters. They feel is the best way to give back to those who have served

 in the past and maintain important traditions for those who will serve in the future. The best reward Guard members can receive is for a family member to approach them

after the service and say, “It feels like all of you really knew him.” There is a bond shared by all veterans and the goal of the Honor Guard members is to both honor their

fellow veteran and to share that special bond with his or her family. Read more at www.milhonors.com. To schedule military funeral honors, call 865-659-4811.




Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books,

military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.  Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.  Nearly 100% of this

information is free and available for all veterans. Some websites may have been discontinued.


The Ultimate Guide to Veterans Benefits



This website includes job searching, resume writing, networking, interview tips,

career advice for injured veterans and other helpful sources: 



VA Forms


Note: There are 11 pages of VA Forms

You can download software at: Free Adobe Reader Download. (Note: By clicking on Free Adobe Reader Download Link), you will leave the Department

of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked website Forms on this site are available in several formats.

Fallible PDF can be filled on-line, printed, saved and edited. XFT forms can be filled on-line, printed, and saved  to your pc but cannot be edited later

 (TURN OFF YOUR POP-UP BLOCKER TO USE XFT). Some PDF are printable blank forms.



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