Be Sure to Thank a Nurse This Week in Our Community

May 09, 2023 at 09:27 pm by WGNS News

Listen to our entire interview with Mike Renfrow, Deputy Executive Director of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System below.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - Take time out of your busy schedule this week to simply pause and tell one of the many nurses in our community thank you for their tireless service to others... That was Mike Renfrow, Deputy Executive Director of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.


Since the VA in Murfreesboro first opened, it has served thousands upon thousands of Veterans from all branches of service, and nearly all conflicts and wars that the United States Military has been involved in since The Great War. The York VA Medical Center Campus opened 22-years after World War I ended and 1-year after the start of World War II (See the 1940's Era photo from the VA in Murfreesboro above this article, or visit to see more).

During Director Renfrow's leadership, he has participated in pinning ceremonies that recognize nurses who have dedicated a huge percentage of their life to caring for our Veteran population... Many of the long-time nurses at the York VA Campus in Murfreesboro have spent their entire nursing career - - caring for Veterans who fought to ensure our freedom... If you see a nurse or any healthcare worker this week, slow down to say thank you for the commitment to others. 

Participate and Help Homeless Veterans - Don't forget, the VA 2K Walk and Roll event will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from 11 AM to 1 PM in Murfreesboro. The event will help to raise awareness and donations for homeless Veterans. The event is open to the public, so bring your friends to help raise awareness for homeless Veterans.

In Murfreesboro, the family event will be on the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center Campus. Participants can sign up in the quad pavilion area. Walk or roll five laps around the quad to make 1.2 miles. There will be live music and a dunk tank for a chance to dunk an executive leader! Donations will be collected underneath the pavilion.

Organizers of the VA 2K are accepting new, unused clothing items such as socks, shirts, undergarments, etc. They also accept non-perishable foods and hygiene products like toilet paper, shampoo, razors and more. All donations are collected by the Center for Development and Civic Engagement team (formerly Voluntary Service). To make an electronic donation for homeless Veterans, visit Under "Program for Donation", select “Homeless Veteran Fund” from the drop down list and enter “VA2K” in the additional information section.

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