Volume 51, Number 44

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upper Cumberland Disabled Veterans Project receives National Award

“Each generation of Americans has a group of selfless individuals who have served their country proudly, asking very little in return. They defend our honor and freedoms, some paying the ultimate sacrifice. Others return home to the life they dreamed about, while still others return to face challenges they never imagined. Our veterans deserve all the support we can give them, especially those, who in the service of our country have become part of a group known as the Disabled American Veterans. Pickett County is proud to be a part of the UCHRA Disabled America Veterans transportation program. Last year the DAV transportation program provided more than 960 trips to 94 disabled veterans,” Stephen Bilbrey, Pickett County Executive stated. “The Upper Cumberland DAV Transportation Project is a result of the efforts of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency in conjunction with the three county governments, the Veterans Admini-stration, and the Hull-York Chapter 5 DAV,” Bilbrey said.
“Our veterans are a very special group of men and women, who deserve our respect and gratitude,” stated Phyllis Bennett, Executive Director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA), “and we are pleased to work with such dedicated people.”
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Overton County Office, Pickett County Office and Fentress County Office coordinate transportation for three counties, Fentress, Pickett, and Overton, transporting veterans to the VA hospitals in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Stephen Bilbrey, Pickett County Executive, working with the Pickett County Government secures the necessary operating funds each year for this service. Other funding is provided by Overton County and Fentress County.
“To help this group of veterans in any way we can is the least we can do. It is also a privilege to give back to them after what they have done for us and their country.” Bilbrey stated.
The Upper Cumberland Disabled American Veteran’s (DAV) transportation project received the national development district award for an innovative community project. “The Upper Cumberland Development District was pleased to present this project for national recognition”, Wendy Askins, Executive Director of the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) stated.

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