Office of Veterans Services
New Office Location
The Office of Veterans Services has moved to a new location in order to better serve the Veterans of Davidson County. The office is now located inside Operation Stand Down TN at 1125 12th Avenue South in Nashville, TN at the corner of 12th Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue. There is plenty of free parking available to clients as well as other services that Operation Stand Down TN may be able to provide if needed.
To advise Veterans and their families of all rights, privileges and benefits to which they may be entitled.
Veteran Service Officers are employees of Davidson County who are trained and certified through various Veteran Service Organizations, the TN Department of Veterans Services and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. We are here to assist Veterans in navigating the VA system and in applying for a variety of Veterans' benefits and entitlements as well as any State benefits and Community resources that may be available to the individual, which include, but are not limited to:
For more information you can download our brochure.
Office of Veterans Services Brochure
Who do we serve?
Out of the 95 counties in TN, over 80 of them employ a Veterans Service Officer. Each county is responsible for assisting the Veterans in their jurisdiction. At this location we will assist any Veterans, surviving spouses or eligible dependents who live, work, or attend school in Davidson County.
E-mail us if you have a question, or to schedule an appointment!
I was born in Michigan and lived there until I joined the Army in 1995. I enlisted after learning that the Army was going to let me play with explosives! Which is funny considering prior to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training, the most dangerous thing I had ever seen, let alone played with, was a sparkler. I served 7 Honorable years as an EOD Technician and attained the rank of E-6. I spent the next decade traveling the globe ridding the world of unexploded ordnance. As a civilian contractor I spent a year in Iraq, a year in Puerto Rico and 6 months in Guam. I also took numerous contracts here in the US. While looking for employment between contracts, I went to Operation Stand Down TN (a non-profit Veterans service organization here in Nashville) and was asked to interview for a current job opening. I was hired to work in the Homeless Prevention Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP), which is the precursor to the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) grant which the VA funds today. Several years later, I became a Veterans Service Officer for Davidson County.
I was born and raised in Knoxville. Feeling the need to challenge myself, I joined the Army Reserves in 2000 to do my part in defense of our nation. I served for 12 years as both an Enlisted soldier (Food Service Specialist, A.K.A. Cook) and a Commissioned Officer in 2005. In between training events, I attended East Tennessee State University where I received my Bachelor's degree in Art Education with a minor in Military Science. I became an art teacher and head swim coach at a school in rural East Tennessee for several years. Realizing I preferred working with service members, (they listen more attentively than high-schoolers and when they don't, you can discipline them) I took advantage of an opportunity to be the ROTC Executive Officer (XO) and teach at my Alma Mater. In 2008, I deployed to Iraq and was responsible for moving supplies, equipment and troops throughout the main supply route. Upon my return home, I once again served in the ROTC Training Battalion teaching at the University of Central Arkansas where I supported 5 other universities in planning and organizing state-wide training events. After separation from the military, I began working at Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery assisting grieving veterans and their families ensuring they received honor and respect and the burial benefits they deserved. I then served as a County Veteran Service Officer in Arkansas for 2 1/1 years. There, I gained extensive experience which allows me to better assist Davidson County. I am glad for the opportunity to serve fellow Veterans in my home state.