Q&A: Knoxville’s Veterans Affairs Executive Director

Q&A Knoxville’s Veterans Affairs Executive Director News
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As executive director of Veterans Affairs for the city of Knoxville, Mike Kuhn oversees programs and services for military veterans in Knox County.

Kuhn previously served in the U.S. Army for more than 24 years, retiring as a sergeant major. He has worked for the city of Knoxville since 2016.

Question: What services does Knoxville’s Veterans Affairs office provide to local veterans and their families?

Kuhn: Our office provides emergency financial assistance for veterans and their families in need. We also provide free transportation to medical appointments and assist in the VA claims process and accessing other benefits like healthcare, education, and employment resources. Perhaps most importantly, we connect veterans with various services and resources available to improve their quality of life.

Q: How many military veterans live in Knox County, and what are their most pressing needs?

Kuhn: There are approximately 55,000 veterans living in Knox County. Some of the most pressing needs we see are access to stable housing and healthcare, financial security, and employment. Many veterans also struggle with service-connected health issues like PTSD, depression and addiction. Our goal is to connect as many local veterans as possible with resources to help meet these critical needs.

Q: What upcoming events or programs does your office have for veterans and their loved ones?

Kuhn: We have several events each year to honor and assist local veterans. This includes our annual Veterans Day parade and program in November, golf tournament fundraisers, and regular support group meetings. Our office also partners with other local organizations for events like job and health fairs, Stand Downs, and more. The best way for veterans and families to stay up to date on our events is to follow us on Facebook at City of Knoxville, Tennessee Veterans Affairs.

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