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2015 NACVSO Conference in Appleton, WI
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NACVSO Pres. Jim Golgart, TNVSO Pres Kevin Walden, NACVSO VP Ed Zachery

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On behalf of the Tennessee

Veteran Service Officer Association

We mourn the loss of our Brother

Charles Stephens. Please pray for his Family. 

 

Charles Stephens
Stewart County Veterans Service Office 
Veteran Service Officer

Stewart County Veteran Service Officer Charles Stephens was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in Memphis on Monday, May 18.

Arrangements are pending and are being handled through Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home in Clarksville.

Stephens was well-known, not only in Stewart County but in the surrounding counties as well. The U.S. military retiree was serving in the VSO Office in Montgomery County, coming to Stewart County beginning in 2001 for a day per week.

Veterans began flocking to the engaging young man who followed through and consistently produced results, securing vets with the benefits to which they were entitled but could not navigate the system to get. In 2003, he became the full-time Stewart County Veteran Service Officer, which was somewhat of a misnomer since veterans and spouses from adjoining counties, hearing of his successes and his compassion, frequently made the drive to Stewart County as well for help with their situations.

In the past 14 years, Stephens has brought literally millions of dollars of benefits to the veterans of Stewart County, much of which they in turn invested in the local economy.

But it was much more than just about money. Stephens was relentless in his drive to see that no veteran was ignored and that his or her needs were met. He often went to veterans’ homes to take care of business if the veteran could not come to him. He helped widows navigate the maze of their benefits as well, something that possibly their husbands had always taken care of before.

Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner worked closely with Stephens, and he wrote to the county employees, “Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family during this difficult time. Charles was a true asset to Stewart County Government and the Veterans Service Office. He was a true friend to many veterans and their families within Stewart and adjoining communities. He supported and ‘went to bat’ for our veterans when the need arose. He knew his job and he performed it to the best of his ability, always focusing on the needs of veterans first and foremost. He will be greatly and sadly missed.” 


The mission of the County Veteran’s Service Offices across Tennessee is to provide accredited representation to Veterans, surviving spouses and their family members in filing applications for:

  • Service Connected Disability Compensation
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Improved Pension Program with Housebound/Aid and Attendance
  • Health Benefits Enrollment
  • Burial Benefits, Flags, Headstones, Markers and Military Honors
  • GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Dependents Educational Assistance
  • VA Insurance Programs
  • File Notices of Disagreement and Appeals (form 9) for denied claims
  • Order replacement copies of discharge papers, military records, service medical records and order replacement issue for medals earned.

We provide information to Veterans and families on all federal and state benefits earned by Veterans in their service to their country.