PTSD & Suicide Prevention

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event - either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. (Mayo Clinic)

Statistics don't lie.

More American service members (both active duty and veterans) have committed suicide over the past decade than all those who made the supreme sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan combined!

Out of six anxiety diagnoses, PTSD was significantly associated with suicidal attempts
22 veterans commit suicide per day, 8,030 per year (not including attempts)
More than 70% of those suicides were aged 50 years or older
Male veterans under the age of 30 who commit suicide has jumped 44%

Based on Tennessee Vietnam Veterans, Inc's very successful, and ongoing, "Agent Orange Town Hall Meetings", we are presenting a series of PTSD Town Hall Meetings across Tennessee, which will focus on PTSD and veteran suicides. These meetings will be an opportunity for veterans and their families to learn more about PTSD, the available treatment options and services, and to allow attendees to speak with treatment providers and Veteran Services Officers about potential VA benefits. Meeting topics to include:

~ A History of PTSD - You may be surprised!

~ PTSD-affected veterans living positive and professional lives.

~ Seminar on symptoms and treatment options by PTSD-qualified counselor(s)

~ Question and Answer session

~ Veteran Service Offiers to answer questions about claims for VA benefits

TVV is passionate about the battle against the rising suicide rate - and is determined to reach out to active-duty, military veterans and their families.

Getting the Word Out

Veterans group to hold public meeting on suicide prevention, PTSD

WSMV, Channel 4 Nashville
January 19, 2015
Clarksville hosts PTSD and Suicide Prevention Town Hall

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville
January 29, 2015
Retired Lt. General Hugh Smith is the highest-ranking veteran ever nationwide to admit suffering from PTSD

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville
February 1, 2015
Dozens of veterans and their families met at the VA for a town hall to talk about PTSD. The meeting was held by the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans.

WCYB News Channel 5, Johnson City
January 12, 2016

PTSD & Suicide Prevention Meeting Schedule
December 2, 2014
6PM - 9PM
Washington Pike UMC
2241 Washington Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee


January 20, 2015
6PM - 9PM
First Baptist Church
106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd
Hendersonville, TN

February 24, 2015
6PM - 9PM
First Baptist Church
John D. Laida Fellowship Hall
435 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN


May 19, 2015
6PM - 9PM
Lifepoint Church
506 Legacy Drive
Smyrna, TN


September 8, 2015
6PM - 9PM
Faith Life Church
917 Bell Rd.
Antioch, Tennessee


September 22, 2015
6PM - 9PM
Fairview Church
1660 Leeville Pike
Lebanon, Tennessee

October 24, 2015
2PM - 5PM
First Congregational Church
1000 South Cooper Street
Memphis, Tennessee


January 12, 2016
6PM - 9PM
James H. Quillen VAMC
1 Veteran's Way - Bldg 200
Room A061K (ground floor)
Johnson City, Tennessee


May 10, 2016
6PM - 9PM
Manley Baptist Church
3603 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy
Morristown, Tennessee

August 16, 2016
6PM - 9PM
Keith Street Ministries
4000 Keith St. NW
Cleveland, Tennessee

November 14, 2017
6PM - 9PM
Hope Church
8500 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tennessee


Tennessee Vietnam Veterans, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, asks for your support with a tax-deductible donation, of any amount, to help us present these important meetings and other services and programs to Tennessee veterans.   

Donations of up to $250 will be recognized with a framed Letter of Appreciation.  For donations of $250 or more, you will receive a handsome Plaque to proudly display in your office or home.

Thank you for your support of Tennessee's veteran community 

line Donations may be mailed to:

Tennessee Vietnam Veterans, Inc.
242 W. Main St. #342
Hendersonville, TN 37075