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[From Knox County Veterans Service Office}

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.  

“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not to need take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  

The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.

2020 Detachment Scholarship application is posted on this website. See article below.

Dept of Tennessee 2020 Convention Hotel information and Convention Forms

for 11-14 June 2020 in Jackson, TN

CLICK HERE or go to the Documents tab above

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Commandant's Message

Marines,                                                        March 2020

   Those of you who were unable to attend Dine in, you were missed; it was a good one. Special thanks to North Knoxville Young Marines for an outstanding job on posting the colors. The food was delicious and the awards were many. You especially can't beat the price. Thank you, Lee, David and Carlos for all your work making it a special event.

  I'm actively looking for a new location for our meetings, and any input or suggestions will be appreciated.

   Heads up!!!!! The SGTMAJ is thinking of running a tour bus to Norfolk, VA. for those of you brave enough to take the trip.

   We are still waiting for word from Ingles (in Karns) for permission to give out roses on Memorial Day.

  The Bonnyman Unit Young Marines will be hosting the Marine “Riding to the Wall” group on 20 May.

  We are on hold for most everything else, but as things start getting better and the Corona goes away, we will get back on track. This is the Marine Corps League, a brotherhood of Men and Women who stepped forward when their country asked. We took care of each other then, and we will do it now. Don't let a brother down - pass the word, email, make a phone call -  let the officers know, use the communication networks available.

God Bless and be safe!

Semper Fi!

Ken DeBoer, Commandant


The elections of five Detachment Officers was held during the January Detachment Meeting. The officers for 2020 are:

  • Detachment Commandant:        Ken DeBoer

  • Senior Vice Commandant:      Carlos Reyes

  • Junior Vice Commandant:       Dave Terwell

  • Paymaster:                               Lee Rhinemiller

  • Judge Advocate:                             David Hatfield

Click here for officer contact details

Camp Bonnyman - Special Event


Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines, and local Marines, will be hosting fifteen to twenty Marines "riding to the wall.” for Memorial Day celebrations. They are starting on the West coast.   The group will arrive around 1400 on

20 May 2020, spend the night at Camp Bonnyman, 1722 Ellejoy Rd,. Seymour. (MAP here)   They want to use the range.  We have promised them a big barbecue and cook out for dinner, as many of you said you would help.  We will also have breakfast on the 21st before they head on out on their motorcycles.  The ‘leader of the pack’ is Sergeant Major Gene Overstreet, 12th SM of the Marine Corps.  Come support the efforts to give these Marines a good time.

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2020 Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial...........Cancelled

  • Jim Peacock.................................To be announced


Windrock Shooting Range

Oliver Springs TN.

  • The large cal. matches must be 9mm or above, cost $25.

  • There will also be a .22 Cal. match for an extra $20.

  • All matches will shoot 45 rounds.

  • You will be shooting 7,10, 15 and 25 yards both matches.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.

  • Fees include lunch.



Jay Holmes

2020 Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gersh M-1/M-1A .............  May 9

       Rain date ..................................  TBD


  • Gene Collins Open ................  October 10

       Rain date ..................................  TBD

2327 Rifle Range Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918, USA

These events are CMP matches, which is a 200 yard firing distance, a total of 35 rounds will be fired in the following order—

  5 spotter rounds from the prone position

10 slow fire rounds from the prone

10 rounds from prone rapid fire (5 rounds in 2 magazines)

10 rounds Standing (off hand).

These are iron site matches, NO SCOPES of any kind.


You have to be at the front gate at 0700. The cost of the Match is $20.00 which will be taken at registration which will start at approximately 0745. We will start firing at 0815-0830. The Young Marines of Knoxville will be pulling targets so you don’t have pit duty at these matches -- there will be a tip jar for the Young Marines so bring some extra money for these young Marines, they work hard so you don’t have to.

If you want to shoot these matches but don’t have an M1 or M1A for the Bill Gersh match or a military style rifle for the Gene Collins match, the range has M-1 rifles to lend you. All you have to do is buy their ammo which is 30-06 and the cost is $20.00, this is match ammo. If you have never shot a M-1 rifle we will give you a short class on the rifle, a knowledge of shooting is required.


Jeff Tegzes
865 988-6247

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VSO Senior Center Flyer April to June 20
The Vet Center is located at 1645 Downtown West Blvd, Knoxville TN

Knox County Veterans Services

As of right now we are still open for business.  We ask that everyone call 865-215-5645 prior to coming to the Veterans Services office at 1000 N Central St. 


We will attempt to get as much claim information as possible over the phone and tell you what documents we will need to complete your VA claim.  Any VA form that needs a Veteran or claimant signature will be mailed or faxed to you. 


We can email forms but they will not contain a Social Security number.  Please do not email this office any information containing a Social Security number. 


Once you have all required signatures and documents, call and speak with a Veterans Service Officer before coming to the office.  We will attempt to handle VA claims assistance with limited public contact.  Be advised claims requiring an Appeal may require more flexibility.  You have one year to Appeal any VA decision. 


You can also get updates on the office’s status at

If you have any question, please call 865-215-5645.



Tom Humphries

Veterans Service Officer

Knox County Veterans Services Office

865-215-5645  FAX 865-215-5677

1000 N Central Street Box 6

Knoxville TN 37917

  2020 Lt Bonnyman Detachment
Scholarship Application 
is now available. Either
Click HERE
or go the the
 DOCUMENTS  tab above and select  SCHOLARSHIPS 

From the Chaplain

MARCH 2020


And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs (gray headed old dudes) will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear;even I will carry, and will deliver you.” “...he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted....” Isaiah 46:4, 61:1. (Parentheses are my words!)  In the late 60’s the troops in Vietnam were listening to Jimi Hendrix play, All Along the Watchtower, and Eric Burdon sing, We Gotta Get Out of this Place. By the time 1970 rolled around, the Hollies were singing, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.


While serving with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, the accustomed routine was to spend one night on Hill 190, followed by two nights on a ‘kill team’ in the valley below. We seldom carried more than weaponry and medical gear, unless we were participating in an operation. The scenario would then change, and we would hump a tremendous amount of weight. Our squad had their picture taken by a Marine photographer, in a stream bed, 10 miles northeast of our basecamp. The photograph emphasized our ‘heavy load’ and was captioned as, “The Story is in Their Faces.” The photo was immediately clipped from the Stars and Stripes Paper and sent home to my family. My wife recognized the picture in a book entitled, The Battle History of the U. S. Marines, A Fellowship of Valor, by Col. Joseph H. Alexander, USMC. The picture also appeared in a documentary, on the History Channel. During a two-day operation south of our basecamp, one of our Marines succumbed to malaria; his body temperature was extremely high and by nightfall, began to show signs of delirium. I carried him, with two riflemen escorts, to the only possible landing zone for a big CH-46, two hills over from the main body, with a battalion of NVA working in the valley below... continued in From the Chaplain section in the Bonnyman Gazette. (Click here for the Gazette)

Ron Naugle

Detachment Chaplain

PO Box 1200

Powel, TN 27849


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The website is available for 2020 registration

Pocket Badge and Pocket Crest
These are officially sanctioned by MCL to replace the embroidered  pocket crest on the breast pocket of the MCL red blazer. The 3-D crest rubs the left coat sleeve and damages it. The pocket badge / pocket crest causes no damage and does not penetrate the pocket with studs. Slips into the pocket. Clear mount accommodates wearing on other color garments.
Click HERE for Pocket Badge WEB SITE
Click HERE for Pocket Crest WEB SITE
Here are some samples
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Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. Visit Aunt Bertha
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Send your photos to me for inclusion in the photo albums. Boot camp and active duty, MCL functions, etc. See the Photo Album section of this web site [CLICK HERE to view]
Click here to send me an email with your photos as attachments.
Web Sgt Tim Shea

Marine Corps League

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Det #924

P. O Box 53293

Knoxville, TN 37950-3293