Blount County veterans group invites community to Thanksgiving veterans celebration

Local News

A Madisonville man made headlines over a year ago for building tiny homes for disabled and homeless veterans, and now, the group’s work has taken on a bigger goal. 

The Lost Vets, an evolution of “A Home 4 Heroes”, is a way to help veterans without red tape, according tot the organization’s executive director and founder, Willie Franklin. 

“They needed food, clothing, they needed their power bill paid, they needed their medicines… they needed to get home,” said Franklin. 

He says the goal is to cut through red tape of other veterans groups, giving vets — of all walks of life — help. 

“That’s giving your life… no matter whether a veteran died or not. It changed his life. He could’ve been a doctor a lawyer… but he chose to serve this country,” said Franklin. 

Among them, a vet helped by the group who is now helping others, David Scheank. 

“A lot of suicide happens because people feel no ones cares and there’s no way out. They showed me a way out,” said Scheank. 

On Nov. 21, The Lost Vets is hosting a Thanksgiving meal for veterans and the community. 

The goal for the group’s volunteers: To inspire veterans that need help to ask. Even inspiring community members to give back by volunteering. 

How to volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve the Thanksgiving meal for veteran’s. To donate services or help email: or call 865-995-6294.

The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Alnwick Community Center, 2146 Big Springs Rd, Maryville, TN 37801. 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

WATE 6 Storm Weather School

WATE 6 On Your Side Twitter