VetLinx
USO

We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say "Thank You." and "Welcome Home." Our membership is comprised of Full Members ( those with verified combat service ) and Supporter Members ( those who have non-com

Team RWB

Team RWB Nashville to get veterans involved with their community through social and physical activity

US Army Ranger Association

To preserve the heritage and spirit of the U.S. Army Rangers by strengthening the relationship among all U.S. Army Rangers (past, present, and future).

Veterans Back 40 Adventure

Veterans Back 40 Adventure which is a D.B.A of Warfighter Outfitters Nonprofit. Our team at Warfighter and VB40ADV are a one stop shop per say for Veterans outdoor activities. VB40ADV focuses more on Dual sport and Adventure bike motorcycle events for veterans. We take Vets on 3 to 5 day trips at no cost to them.

Mission 22

Mission 22 is a non-profit who combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. Every day, more than twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero. It does this with three main programs; veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness. Mission 22 provides treatment programs to veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social impact and awarenes

Military sorority Kappa Epsilon PSI

Military sorority elite professionals for female veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the

Veterans of Foreign Wars is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization comprised of combat veterans and eligible military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans’ organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in almost 7,000 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.”

Williamson County Cadet Squadron (TN

Williamson County Cadet Squadron (TN-193) is a non-profit organization with Civil Air Patrol. We are part of the United States Air Force Auxiliary. We teach cadets age 12-18. We focus on Leadership character development, aerospace education, and physical fitness. Through our program cadets learn how to fly air planes and have many other opportunities.

Nashville VA Regional Office

The Nashville VBA Regional Office is comprised of over 600 full-time employees serving a Veteran population of about 506,000 of all generations across Tennessee and Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The Nashville VBA Regional Office administers approximately $1.4 billion in annual federal benefits. Programs include compensation, pension and vocational rehabilitation and employment. In addition, the Nashville Regional Office includes of one of eight National Call Centers providing customer service to clien

Nashville Vet Center
VA Caregiver Support Program

The VA Caregiver Support Program was established to promote the health and well-being of family caregivers who care for our nation's Veterans, through education, resources, support, and services.

VVA

VVA Chapter 953 in Nashville, TN.

Williamson Cty Veterans Treatment Co

VetCourt@WillamsonCounty-tn.gov

Sport Clips giving away FREE MVP Haircuts comp cards as well as discounts tickets for our locations (coupons) also SELLING military rubber duckies for FUNDRAISING for Help A Hero through the VFW. Sport Clips offers guy friendly stylists in a sports themed environment and provides the MVP experience which is a precision haircut, a hot steam towel, a deep scalp massage and a neck/shoulder massage for men & boys

 
 

VETFEST

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 
Heroes Stroll (ADA accessible)
 

What is VETFEST? 

Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

Everyone in the community is welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE event! 

 

WHO      VETLINX, an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit

                organization in Middle Tennessee is hosting the

                5th annual VETFEST and HEROES STROLL to

                celebrate military family service, Veteran owned

                businesses, offer resources, and have a fun-filled

                day with family, friends, and neighbors. 

 

WHEN      Saturday, October 2, 2021  

                  Heroes Stroll

                  Registration begins at 09:00 AM

                  Stroll begins at 09:30 AM  

                                                                                                                    

                  VETFEST

                  11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

                   

WHERE     Granny White Park

                  610 Granny White Pike

                  Brentwood, TN 37027

 

WHY         To bring the community, military families, friends,

                  and supporters together for a fun-filled day of

                  recognition, entertainment, and activities. 

 

PURPOSE   Bring the community and military community together, increase awareness about

                   resources available to Veterans, have direct access to support services, and celebrate

                   and recognize those who served in the military and those who support them.

 

HOW         Event will be funded by local businesses and donations via purchase of

  • Advertisement online and/or in tribute journal.

  • Price varies by package $150 to $10,000

  • Space rental 10x10 space or more with other level of sponsorship

  • Veteran organizations will not be charged a fee for space at the event.

  • All will be required to bring own set up materials including a 10x10 tent.

 

 WHAT:      VETFEST is a family-friendly festival and everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day!  Come out and

                   meet new friends!

 

FEATURES:

  • Onsite resources for benefits, housing, medical, education, employment, food, mental health.

  • All Day Live Entertainment

  • Recognition ceremonies which will include the following:

    • Quilts of Valor

    • Missing Man Ceremony

    • Flag Folding Ceremony and the meaning behind each fold.

  • Military displays  

  • Art and activities tents- play card games, do an art project, yard games, and there will be a Branch of Service War game!   

  • Kid zone will feature prizes and activities i.e., yard games, face painting, make a button, art projects, and more! 

  • Lawn games

  • Time Machine Landing Zone!  The community is encouraged to adopt an era of service and make a display or dress in military clothing from  the era you are representing. We would like to have all eras of service  represented from 1776-Present.  Some exhibits may feature topographic maps showing different units theater of operations.           

  • Veteran Owned Businesses

  • Veteran Organizations

  • Prize giveaways!

  • Dunking booth!

  • Lawn space to bring a blanket or chair and sit on the lawn and listen to great music!

  • Much more!

 VetLinx announces VETFEST is postponed till 2022

9/13/21

 

In addition to the COVID 19 status in Tennessee, other recent developments present an issue in hosting the event this year.  We are so sorry that we wont be with our VETFEST family this year and certainly hope you will join us next year!

The most pressing reason we decided to postpone is due to recent trends in COVID 19 Delta variant.  In a news brief released on 9/8/21 by Zach Gilchriest with WSMV News Channel 4, 1 out of every 78 Tennesseans currently has the virus.

 

9/8/21- 1 in 78 Tennesseans currently has COVID-19

 

It was mentioned in our last email that the number of Tennessee cases rose 1,800% in 55 days and 200 National Guard personnel were deployed to local hospitals to support the surge in cases. A spokesman for the hospitals urges Tennessee leaders to do everything possible to prevent spread to keep the hospitals afloat. 

 

I've shared with some of you my personal experiences with witnessing the increase in number of admissions to hospice for COVID-19 patients that are being sent home to live out their final hours. We haven’t seen much making headlines but this may change in the near future, particularly after large gatherings. The Delta variant is much more contagious and we are seeing this in the number of cases.

 

For your own safety, here are some local news sites that talk about the trends in a bit more detail. 

 

9/9/21 200 NG deployed to local hospitals

 

 

9/10/21 One out of every 500 Tennesseans have died from COVID

 

 

9/13/21 Tennessee reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases with 15,411 new cases reported in one day

 

 

Based on the status of COVID-19 in Tennessee and the latest developments that have presented barriers to hosting it this year, Vetfest will be postponed till next year.

 

Thank you for your understanding and more importantly, for putting your heart and soul into making VETFEST so meaningful for all who attend each year.  We will be working on the 2022 event and we certainly look forward to seeing you then!  Please pass along the information about Vetfest being postponed till 2022.

Stay Safe!

 

Laurel Bowman, BSN, RN

VetLinx Administrator

Reimbursement for booths:  We have reimbursed 100% of the booth fees for those who paid for one this year.  If you have not received your payment please email lbowman@vetlinx.org.