Fundraiser slated by Veterans Council
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Mar 15, 2013 | 688 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The local Veterans Home Council discussed its annual golf tournament Thursday evening in the offices of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

The fourth annual Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council Golf Tournament is set for June 1 at Chatata Valley Golf Course. Registration is 7 a.m. for the 8 a.m. 4-man select shot shotgun start.

Proceeds from the tournament will go toward construction and programs at the proposed home at 1940 Westland Drive in south Cleveland. Team cash prizes are $400 for first place, $300 for fifth place and $200 for ninth place. Prizes are offered for the straightest drive and closest to the pin. A $10,000 prize is waiting for someone to score a hole-in-one on No. 8; or a 2013 Kawasaki Mule is waiting for someone with a hole-in-one on a par three.

Carts, green fees, lunch and door prizes are included in the $60 entry fee.

The Council also briefly discussed a major milestone that will be met when the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs and State Veterans Homes Board breaks ground on the Montgomery County Veterans Home on May 17.

Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council Co-Chair Cid Heidel said Thursday that starting work on the Clarksville facility moves the home in Bradley County one step closer to fruition.

The projected construction timeline for the home in Montgomery County is 14 to 16 months. It will take about 18 more months to fully integrate the new home into the system with the existing state veterans homes in Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Humboldt.

Heidel also mentioned that the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board celebrated the U.S. News & World Report ranking for 2013 which named the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

U.S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing. The source of the data originated from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2012, CMS issued five-star ratings to the Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home in Knoxville and the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home in Murfreesboro.