veterans

Operation Stand Down Tennessee will hold the fifth-annual Heroes Breakfast for Clarksville on Feb. 6 to honor and recognize the community’s veterans. 

Proceeds from the event will help veterans in the Clarksville community. The goal is to raise $45,000. The event will take place at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center at 1190 Tennessee 48 in Clarksville. Registration and networking will start at 7:30 a.m., and the breakfast program will be from 8-9 a.m. 

The keynote speaker will be retired Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey. Bailey retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on July 31, 2017 after 41 years of active-duty service. Bailey was most recently the deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations at Headquarters Marine Corps from June 2013 to July 2017. Prior to this command assignment, he commanded the 2nd Marine Regiment. Bailey current serves as the vice president of external affairs at Austin Peay State University.  

Dignitaries expected include state Sen. Bill Powers, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Alisa White, Austin Peay State University president. 

Committee members include chair John A. Routzahn Jr., Janese Cleary, Andrea Jacobson, Lois Jones, retired Maj. Gen. Walt Lord, Jamie McAdaragh, Jane Ondocin, Una Smith, Danielle Stack and Bryan Weller.  

For more than 26 years, OSDTN has served veterans in need in Tennessee. OSDTN opened its Clarksville office in January 2015. In 2019, OSDTN’s Clarksville office assisted 1,339 men and women veterans. There are currently about 460,000 veterans who live in Tennessee and about 36,000 veterans who live in Montgomery County. 

As the state’s only recognized veterans service center, OSDTN engages, equips and empowers veterans who transition from successful military service to civilian life. The organization helps veterans who have just out-processed, as well as those who completed their service years ago.

Originally focusing on assisting homeless veterans and homelessness prevention, OSDTN’s services have grown to include veterans benefits education and access, job readiness and placement, financial counseling, legal assistance, housing, family support, basic needs and service referrals. 

For more information about OSDTN or the breakfast, contact Karen Fitzhugh at 615-248-1981, ext. 168 or visit osdtn.org. 

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