White County has another resource for local veterans to use.
Clean Heart Christian Ministries opened its Veterans Outreach branch Wednesday afternoon.
Coordinator and retired Navy Captain Bill Rabchenia said the new program provides fellowship for local veterans.
“We’re going out and touching bases with all the veterans resources that are available throughout the state. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot here in Middle Tennessee,” Rabchenia said. “Hopefully, we’ll get some traction on it and get vets coming through here sharing stories and experiences with whatever they have going on at the VA. If they don’t have it, we’ll find it.”
Laptop computers will be available at the Clean Heart location to provide veterans with any assistance they may need. One key objective of the program is to assist veterans with basic computer skills to navigate the VA healthcare system.
The program will utilize veterans resources from Knoxville and Johnson City. Rabchenia said the program will also work alongside the White County Veterans Service Office.
“The White County Service Officer is part of our Veterans Outreach team, so he provides a lot,” Rabchenia said. “We have the resources, and it’s about keeping that drumbeat. It’s about keeping it alive and getting people aware.”
The program’s grand opening took place following Wednesday’s 9/11 ceremony in downtown Sparta. Clean Heart Ministries is located at 17 E. Maple St.