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 Davidson County 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 90 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. In 2014, I became the Veterans Service Officer for Davidson County.
I was raised in Northeastern Kentucky on the Ohio and West Virginia borders. My father was a Marine and his stories about his experiences in the military fascinated me from a very young age. In high school, I was in the Marine Corps JROTC program which furthered my interest, so it was a natural transition to join the Marine Corps after graduation. I served 30 years in the Meteorological and Oceanographic occupational field where I worked as a weather observer and later as a weather forecaster. I served multiple combat deployments in Southwest Asia as well as operations in Southern Europe and East Asia.
After I retired from the Marine Corps, I worked for the VA at the Louisville KY Regional Office as a Veteran Service Representative (VSR) where I processed disability claims and later transferred to the Nashville Regional Office as a Legal Administrative Specialist (LAS) in the National Call Center assisting Veterans and their families with Veterans benefits such as disability and pension claims, to name a few. While working at the VA, I gained extensive knowledge of VA benefits which I now gladly bring to my fellow Veterans in Davidson County.
I grew up splitting time between Colorado and Arizona. I enlisted in the Army where I served as a member of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, VA. I completed my service as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC. I returned to Arizona to attend school before working in the insurance industry. My passion to help people, and my drive to make a difference, led me to a career in law enforcement as a Detective with the Major Crimes Division. A weekend trip to Nashville to visit friends was all it took for me to know I wanted to call middle Tennessee home. I am proud to bring my desire to serve to Davidson County.