Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey; Sept. 19, 2012:
NASHVILLE – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of Senator Rusty Crowe to the Governor’s Council for Armed Forces, Veterans and Their Families.
“I cannot think of anyone more suited to serve on this council than my friend, Rusty Crowe,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “He understands the needs of veterans and their families because he is one of them. Rusty will bring a wealth of knowledge, an empathic ear and a compassionate heart to this assignment. No one will fight harder for our veterans.”
The Governor’s Council for Armed Forces, Veterans and Their Families is charged with facilitating collaboration and coordination of federal, state and local organizations and representatives to strengthen the system of care for servicemembers, veterans and their families. The Council collaborates closely with various veterans’ service and advocacy organizations that address unique challenges faced by the veteran population in Tennessee including mental illness, traumatic brain injury, employment, housing and education.
“I’m thankful to Lt. Governor Ramsey for giving me this opportunity to serve my fellow veterans in this manner,” said Senator Crowe. “I am both honored and humbled and look forward to getting to work.”
The current chairman of the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, Senator Crowe has led a storied career of public service. From 1967 to 1971, Senator Crowe served his country honorably in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home from overseas, Senator Crowe continued his service to his country by joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Crowe served from 1987 to 1990 as Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Corrections, with responsibilities for minimum security prisons, probations and the department’s juvenile corrections services. Crowe has also worked as an adjunct professor and in Higher Education Administration for 23 years at East Tennessee State University.
Senator Crowe has been a state Senator since 1990. He currently represents Washington, Uncoi and Carter counties. He currently works for Mountain States Health Alliance, assisting with business development and government relations.