Operation Stand Down Tennessee
1125 12th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203-4709



Mission Statement

Operation Stand Down Tennessee's mission is to assist Veterans and their families so that they can be self-sustaining and better connected to their community.

As the state’s only recognized Veterans Service Center, OSDTN engages, equips and empowers Veterans transitioning from successful military service to civilian life. The organization helps Veterans who have just out-processed, as well as those who completed their service years ago. Originally focusing on assisting homeless Veterans and homelessness prevention, OSDTN’s services have grown to include: Veterans benefits education & access, job readiness & placement, financial counseling, legal assistance, housing, family support, basic needs and service referrals. OSDTN also operates 12th Ave Thrift, a discount store employing Veterans. Join us today! With your support, Veterans will have access to much-needed services and programs that they deserve – and have earned – by serving our country.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Krenson
Board Chair Ms. Martha Boyd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baker Donelson - US Army Veteran
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Former Names
Operation Stand Down Nashville
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $2,942,511.00
Projected Annual Revenue $2,942,511.00 (2018)

Operation Stand Down Tennessee's mission is to assist Veterans and their families so that they can be self-sustaining and better connected to their community.

As the state’s only recognized Veterans Service Center, OSDTN engages, equips and empowers Veterans transitioning from successful military service to civilian life. The organization helps Veterans who have just out-processed, as well as those who completed their service years ago. Originally focusing on assisting homeless Veterans and homelessness prevention, OSDTN’s services have grown to include: Veterans benefits education & access, job readiness & placement, financial counseling, legal assistance, housing, family support, basic needs and service referrals. OSDTN also operates 12th Ave Thrift, a discount store employing Veterans. Join us today! With your support, Veterans will have access to much-needed services and programs that they deserve – and have earned – by serving our country.

The military term ‘Stand Down’ describes the movement of soldiers in combat to a safe place. In 1993, a coalition of over 50 Nashville organizations used this concept to organize a three-day event for Veterans who were homeless. The event provided outreach, information and a variety of social services for this area’s homeless Veterans. In 1997, the US Dept of Labor awarded OSDTN its ‘EPIC Award – Exemplary Performance in the Community’ for its efforts serving Veterans. OSDTN was the only nonprofit in the US honored that year. In 1999, OSDTN’s Board of Directors elected to expand services to homeless Veterans and became a full-time service agency. A Veteran Service Center was opened and four homes were purchased for a Transitional Housing Program able to house and serve 30 veterans. In 2000, OSDTN was selected as a United Way Metropolitan Nashville Partner Agency. In 2004, two additional homes were purchased, one for men and one for women, expanding support to 38 beds. In 2005, another home was added. Today, OSDTN has 42 beds in seven transitional homes each located in a SW Nashville residential neighborhood. We have two service centers - one in Nashville and another in Clarksville and our staff has grown to 43 members (57% Veterans), each of whom is dedicated to helping Veterans in need.


“Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Veterans in Tennessee." 

I. From January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 the following outcomes were achieved:

  • 85 cents of every dollar donated to OSDTN went directly to serving Veterans and their families
  • 2,306 men and women Veterans received services in our Veteran Service Center (9.6% more Veterans served than 2016)
  • 1,151 volunteers contributed 6,968 hours at our Veteran Service Centers - equivalent to more than three extra full-time staff members
  • 257 Veterans found or upgraded their employment through our Career Services Department (83.6% increase from 2016) with an economic impact of about $8 million for Middle Tennessee 
  • 571 Veterans in need received 3,492 clothing items valued at a thrift store price of $19,881
  • 132 men and women Veterans participated in our Transitional Housing Program, 70.5% left successfully (22% more Veterans participated with 4.5% increase in leaving successfully from 2016)
  • 1,137 Veterans and their families were assisted in filing disability compensation claims (38.7% increase from 2016)
  • Stand Down and VETFEST Outreach Events were held assisting 285 men and women Veterans
  • 149 Veterans and their families received financial assistance to either move from being homeless into permanent housing or to remain in their homes (8% increase from 2016)
II. Top goals for 2017:
1. Increase general operating support for our Veteran Service Centers
2. Fully fund our "Preserving the Promise" Capital Campaign to secure a permanent home for our Veteran Service Center
3. Diversify funding support for current programs and services to help more at-risk Veterans and their families
4. Increase programs and services for Veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to the civilian workforce to prevent Veterans and their families from ever being homeless
5. Increase community outreach and awareness that OSDTN helps Veterans manage their financial, social, and personal reintegration needs to ensure they successfully transition from military to civilian life

Currently, there are about 500,000 Veterans in the State of Tennessee. We would need almost eight Nissan Stadiums to seat every Veteran! For those Veterans who find themselves in need of help, Operation Stand Down Tennessee is available to provide and coordinate the individualized, supportive services needed for a productive path back to our community. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, a U.S. military Veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, one in five homeless is a Veteran, and in 2016, the average unemployment rate for Tennessee’s Veterans was 3.6 percent. These statistics confirm the need to provide intervention and support services for our Veterans is greater than ever. And, as more troops come home, the demand for OSDTN’s Veterans’ services will continue to rise. OSDTN needs your help now more than ever!


General operating support for Veterans in need; Repairs/renovation of Transitional Housing Program homes; and Bus passes and Gas cards for Veterans used for employment interviews, short-term transportation to/from work and vital medical appointments


Clean, used clothing of all sizes - coats, hats and gloves; Household items and furniture; Non-perishable food; Toiletries; and Office supplies (mainly letter sized copier/printer paper)


Groups and employees; Stand Down Helpers; General and Administrative Support; Teachers for Life Skills Classes; and Special Event Volunteers.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donate: Go online, mail a check, or telephone our staff with a gift in memory or honor of someone special.  Remember to ask your employer about matching. Perhaps, you would like to become a member of our "Campaign of Honor" with a monthly gift?  Your gifts make a huge difference impacting the lives of Veterans in need from our community.

In-kind: used clothing, coats, hats and gloves, household items, non-perishable food, toiletries, furniture, and seasonal drives

Volunteer: groups and employees, ambassadors, general and administrative support, teach classes, special event coordinators, board members

Advocate: Spread the Word, Like OSDTN on Facebook, Follow OSDTN on Twitter and Connect with OSDTN on LinkedIn
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Homeless Shelters
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Cheatham
TN - Montgomery
TN - Williamson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Sumner
TN - Wilson
TN - Dickson
TN - Robertson
TN - Trousdale

Primarily the Middle Tennessee counties of Davidson County and the surrounding counties (Cheatham, Robertson, Trousdale, Sumner, Wilson, Dickson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Montgomery). Since OSDTN is the ONLY Veteran Service Center approved by the VA in Tennessee, Veterans throughout Tennessee and neighboring states come to OSDTN seeking help.

Board Chair Statement

“Walk a mile in my boots…” six words that say so much and describe what homeless and jobless veterans experience; too many times they are misunderstood and ignored. This must not happen. Operation Stand Down Tennessee has worked diligently for many years to assist the honorably discharged Veteran who may be homeless, jobless or impaired. We are extremely proud of the thousands of Veterans we have helped with transitional housing, job training, counseling and placement services.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as current Board President of OSDTN. With the help of national, state and local agencies, dedicated volunteers and service organizations, OSDTN has grown steadily and expanded its services -- but the need and our challenges are greater now than ever before. Many veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are finding jobs hard to come by as they return from deployments to a struggling economy. So we are seeing an increase in unemployed and/or homeless veterans from yet another generation. Unfortunately, those in need are not only individuals, both male and female, but a growing number of families. Sadly, the numbers increase each day.

OSDTN is here to serve those who served our nation. Please join us in continuing to provide our veterans and their families with the assistance and tools they need to regain control of their lives and restore their dignity. They have given us so much…won’t you please help us reciprocate?

Semper Fidelis,

Bob Tuke, Board President

USMC, 1969-1973

CEO Statement

Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) is truly a community-supported organization. OSDTN began in 1993 as a coalition of over 50 community organizations coming together once a year for a three-day event providing outreach, information and much needed social services to homeless Veterans in the Middle Tennessee area. The coalition included national, state and local organizations and agencies and has continued to grow each year. We are the ONLY nonprofit organization in this area providing a wide range of services daily - solely for Veterans from every era. The core of our success is providing and/or coordinating services for Veterans. In 1999, the OSDTN Board of Directors elected to become a full-time agency. Opening a Service Center and a Transitional Housing Program, we were able to provide a variety of services for homeless Veterans on a daily basis. As we have realized success serving homeless Veterans for over two decades, we have expanded our services to ALL veterans especially to those in transition from military life to civilian life. Our goal is to prevent homelessness among this new generation of Veterans while continuing to assist those who find themselves on the streets or on a buddy's couch. OSDTN has been recognized regionally and nationally for its successful efforts helping Veterans find and maintain productive employment. Our robust employment program assists Veterans with converting the skills they learned in the military to relevant civilian competencies that will provide them with meaningful careers among our vast network of employers. Our Transitional Housing Program provides assistance to those Veterans dealing with addictive and controlling issues in their life who have asked for help. We are very proud to report that 66% of those who successfully complete our program are living responsibly after leaving OSDTN. Our experts and partners assist hundreds of Veterans each year with benefits counseling and connecting them to resources by helping them navigate the labyrinth of resources that often overwhelm our Veterans. We also assist Veterans with finding housing whether they need a housing voucher to get on their feet in an apartment or rental house or are ready for a VA Home Loan to achieve the American dream of home ownership. We connect our Veterans to a myriad of other services ranging from financial literacy to mental health counseling to effectively using education benefits. Financial reports show that we average spending 85 cents of every dollar on direct services for Veterans, of which we are very proud.


OSDTN provides transitional housing for 42 homeless men and women Veterans. Our program utilizes a home setting to provide a safe, structured, and secure environment. Our goal is to mentor Veterans who are experiencing life-controlling situations and to empower them in rebuilding their own foundations and support systems. Circumstances may include addiction, legal issues, education obstacles, and employment barriers.

Each Veteran participates in supportive meetings, gains employment and re-establishes a successful lifestyle, contributes to the upkeep of a home in a neighborhood, and creates a budget and savings plan. The end result is for the Veteran to develop successful work habits and healthy interpersonal skills. Professional case management is provided.

Veterans may remain in the program for up to two years; however the average resident stays six to nine months. Allowing our Veterans to reside up to two years gives them the opportunity to address any issues while living in a stable environment with other Veterans and to build their confidence for a successful transition to civilian life.

Budget 646,503
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless,
Short Term Success Our Service Center provides not only a hot cup of coffee and a cultural reference point for Veterans and their families, but assistance with basic needs (food, shelter, clothing and transportation), housing, employment readiness, financial coaching, benefits counseling, navigation of the VA, and referrals to other social service agencies so that Veterans truly get the benefits and support they have earned. 
Long term Success OSDTN's ultimate goal is help Veterans with the tools they need to successfully transition from their military service to the civilian world. 
Program Success Monitored By

The program is monitored by daily recording of activities and services provided to Veterans.

Examples of Program Success
Last year, 132 men and women Veterans participated in our Transitional Housing Program with 70.5% leaving successfully (22% more Veterans participated with 4.5% increase in leaving successfully from 2016).   

Through our Veteran Service Center, OSDTN provides a wide variety of services for ALL Veterans and their family members. Services include: Legal Aid, VA Benefits Counseling, Financial Coaching, Basic Needs (Food, Shelter, Personal Care Items, Clothing and Transportation), VA Home Loan Workshops, Military Records Assistance, Notary Services, Project Healing Waters, Reboot Combat Recovery, Sounds of Acoustic Recovery, Life Skills Programs, Computer Resources, Networking Opportunities, Family Support and Service Referrals.

Additionally, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program provides direct assistance designed for Veterans earning less than 50% of the area median income and who are in danger of losing their housing, or are homeless and want housing. Most SSVF eligible Veterans and their families have unsuitable housing and/or unfavorable financial or legal histories which present barriers to housing. The goal of the SSVF Program is to help Veterans achieve stability and independence.

Budget 1262940
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Other Named Groups
Long term Success The long term success of our Transitional Housing Program is for our clients to live clean, sober and responsibly in their community after discharge from our program.
Program Success Monitored By Clients are followed for 30, 60, 90 and 120 days after discharge.  Case managers try to make contact with former THP clients on a monthly basis with follow-up notes made in client records.

Career Services helps Veterans who have just out-processed from the military, as well as those who completed their service years ago with job placement assistance, computer training, résumé development, professional development workshops, interview preparation, and budget counseling. Veterans are interviewed by our Career Services staff to assess their individual needs. Once a Veteran schedules an interview, Career Services counselors can help provide appropriate clothing for the interview from the 12th Avenue Thrift Store (shirts, ties, suit jackets, shoes, etc). Career Services can also help with transportation needs in the form of gas cards or bus passes once the interview has been verified by the Employment staff.

After a Veteran secures employment, a Career Services counselor can help provide items that will contribute to his/her success at the new place of employment. These items include work boots, tools/ equipment, bus passes or gas cards to help with transportation, and specialized clothing. All items are provided once the Veteran’s employment has been verified.

We currently have six desktop computers and WiFi access for Veterans and their families to use. Veterans may use our computer lab to build or revise their resumes, conduct job searches, as well as apply online for jobs. Staff members are available to assist Veterans and their families with submitting resumes and applying for jobs.

In addition to OSDTN Career Services staff, we partner with the American Job Center of Tennessee.

Budget 313203
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Other Named Groups, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
The 12th Avenue Thrift Store, located next to the OSDTN Nashville office, has three goals: 1) Offer quality products of used clothing, furniture, household items and small appliances for sale to the general public generating revenue to be a self-supporting entity and providing support to OSDTN’s programs to assist Veterans; 2) Operate a retail services job-training program to provide employment training for Veterans; and 3) Provide clothing, coats, shoes, etc. for eligible OSDTN Veteran clients at no cost to them.

This program also helps Veteran trainees find employment, find sustainable housing, and transition from successful military service to a productive civilian life. Veterans learn the basics of retail operations and after a three to four month probationary period, trainees split work hours between the thrift store and an OSDTN Career Counselor to find permanent employment.

Veterans served through the OSDTN Veteran Service Center obtain clothing vouchers that allow them to shop in our 12th Avenue Thrift for their clothes at no cost. They are able to pick out the size, style and color they prefer and try them on for size in one of the dressing rooms. It’s always a great feeling to see our Veterans dressed for success as they head out to their new jobs.

Budget 284057
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Other Named Groups, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Martha Boyd
Company Affiliation Baker Donelson - US Army Veteran
Term May 2017 to May 2019
Email mboyd@bakerdonelson.com
Board Members
Mr. Chuck Arnold Ingram Barge CompanyVoting
Mr. Larry Beadle NAI Nashville, Inc, US Army VeteranVoting
Mr. Jeff Collins TransTechsVoting
Mr. Farley Day BohanVoting
Mr. Mike Fitz C-III Capital PartnersVoting
Mr. John L. Ford IIIDavidson County Sheriff's DepartmentVoting
Ms. Debra Grimes Village Real EstateVoting
Mr. John Gupton Baker Donelson - US Navy VeteranVoting
Mr. James Henry Sheridan RoadVoting
Mr. Matt Hilerio Bridgestone - US Army VeteranNonVoting
Mr. Jim Hunt Mayor, City of Belle MeadeVoting
Ms. Maggie Kuhlman Health Care indemnity, Inc.Voting
Mr. Myles A. MacDonald CPAClarity LLC - US Army VeteranVoting
Mr. Will Martin Cushion Employer ServicesVoting
Mr. John Murfee Bank of AmericaVoting
Ms. Dalya Qualls HCA HealthcareVoting
Mr. Garland Robeson Fifth Third BankVoting
Mr. Gil Schuette Sims Funk, PLC/ US Marine Corps VeteranVoting
Mr. Charles Spence Cigna-HealthSpringVoting
Mr. Lamar Stanley Diversified TrustVoting
Mr. Bob Tuke Trauger & Tuke, US Marine Corps VeteranVoting
Mr. Harold Turks Davidson County Sheriff's Office - US Army VeteranVoting
Mr. James Webb US Navy Veteran - Freeman Webb CompaniesVoting
Ms. Memorie White Providence Title NonVoting
Ms. Megan Youngblood Vanderbilt University Medical Center - US Army VeteranVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 19
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 57%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Jeff Collins
Term Aug 2017 to May 2018
Email jeff.c.collins@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Campus Planning and Development
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Directors & Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
Mr. Ray Ables Retired, OFCCP, US Air Force Veteran
Mr. Kevin Doherty Nelson Mullins, US Army Veteran
Mr. Jody Duncan Duncan Security
Mr. Clarence Easterday Western Express Truck Lines, US Army Veteran
Mr. John Furgess Retired, TN Dept of Veteran Affairs, US Army Veteran
Mr. Andy May Nashville Bank & Trust, US Marine Corp Veteran
Mr. Tom Mitchell Pancoast Benefits, US Marine Corp Veteran
Mr. Charlie Sanger Bradley, Arant, Bolt, Cummings, PLC
Dr. Sam Sells M.D.VA TN Valley Healthcare
Mr. Donnie Sheppard UAW Local 737, US Marine Corp Veteran
CEO Comments Camaraderie, mutual support, and a strong sense of shared purpose come naturally during military service, but they aren’t always as easy to find for Veterans returning to civilian life, and that can make the transition hard. Despite this challenge, Veterans have so much to offer our communities and employers. Operation Stand Down Tennessee is Veterans helping Veterans to discover purpose in civilian life by engaging with them, equipping them with the resources they need, and empowering them to thrive in their post-military lives. OSDTN is a no-judgment zone. If you are a Veteran -- officer or enlisted, employed or unemployed, homeless or housed, man or woman -- we invite you to come see what OSDTN can offer you.

As the President of the Board of Directors for OSDTN, I am privileged to work with an organization that serves Veterans from all walks of life, and from any era of military service. OSDTN was created to serve Vietnam Veterans, many of whom were homeless, with transitional housing, job training, counseling, and placement services, and we still embrace those core needs. But the OSDTN mission is much broader now: we also serve the Veteran who experiences difficulty accessing the VA medical benefits he/she has earned, the Veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress, and the transitioning Veteran looking for networking opportunities and help leveraging his/her service to land that first post-service job. We also serve the families of Veterans, because we know that military service can create challenges for them as well. Later, when those Veterans' immediate needs have been met, we offer them opportunities to serve their fellows and their community once again, through volunteer work and even paid employment with OSDTN.

OSDTN is proud to serve those who served our nation. Please join us in continuing to provide Veterans and their families with the resources they need to ensure a smooth and productive transition to civilian life, and help us have their backs when they encounter bumps in the road. They have already given us so much, and still have so much to offer…won’t you please help us show our appreciation?

Martha L. Boyd

U.S. Army and OIF veteran

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. John Krenson
Term Start May 2015
Email john.krenson@osdtn.org
Experience John Krenson is Chief Executive Officer of Operation Stand Down Tennessee. He served 30 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard completing his career as a Colonel and Brigade Commander. John has an extensive civilian professional career as well.
Colonel Krenson commanded the 2nd Squadron, 278th ACR in support of response operations in Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav in 2008, and during the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served in Afghanistan in 2003 -2004 and in Mississippi in support of response operations following Hurricane Katrina. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters among other Federal and State awards. John is a graduate of the US Army War College class of 2012. His final military assignment was as Brigade Commander of the 30th Troop Command Tennessee Army National Guard.
John’s leadership experience in the private sector includes his position as partner and executive vice president at Nashville’s Besway Systems, Inc., which manufactures industrial solvents and cleaners. He also launched his own independent consulting practice in 2004. Most recently, John worked as the vice president of consulting for the Rainmaker Companies.
In addition, John was Ordained a Permanent Deacon in Catholic Church in 1999 and served the Cathedral of the Incarnation and Christ the King parishes. He is a native Nashvillian and the son of Gilbert and Ann Krenson. He and his wife Carrie have two beautiful children.
Former CEOs
Bill Burleigh Apr 2000 - Apr
Full Time Staff 38
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 955
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 70%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Dec 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2000
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2002
National Coalition of Homeless Veterans1999
Second Harvest Food Bank1999
Nashville Coalition for the Homeless2003
Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS)2003
Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee2002
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Network Admin and Access Centers - 3 year2015
Exemplary Public Interest Contribution AwardUS Department of Labor2006
Finalist - Making a Difference CategoryCenter for Nonprofit Management2004
Workforce Innovation AwardMiddle TN Workforce Investment Board2006
Finalist - Team BuildingCenter for Non-Profit Management2008
Bank of America CEO of the Year AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2010
Winner - Nashville Cloud GiveawayClaris Networks2013
Winner: 150 Days of GivingFirst Tennessee Foundation2014
NEXT Growth Award: Social Enterprise & SustainabilityNashville Area Chamber of Commerce2014
Veterans Employment Division AwardAmerican Legion Department of Tennessee2014
Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) CertificationCenter for Nonprofit Management2014
Woman of Influence: Nonprofit LeaderNashville Business Journal2015
Best Nonprofit Business FinalistNashville Business Journal2014
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Lori earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University.  Mrs. Ogden brings over 16 years of senior fundraising, marketing, and management experience to OSDTN. In 2000, she was awarded the Center for Nonprofit Management Certificate in Fund Development, and in 2003, the Center for Nonprofit Management Institute for Individual Giving Certificate. In 2005, Lori earned recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Title Chief Operations Officer
Experience/Biography Eden Murrie is the Chief Operating Officer for Operation Stand Down Tennessee. Prior to assuming this position, Eden was a Director at the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington, DC non-profit dedicated to strengthening the civil service and systems that support it.
Beyond business endeavors, Eden is the Board Chair for The Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and for Rock The Street Wall Street. She is also a board member for the Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes, Mission Getting to Next Foundation, Centerstone Military Services and the Davidson County Veterans Court Foundation. Additionally, she is an adviser for the Nashville YWCA Dress for Success program.
Prior to her current position, Brigadier General Murrie culminated a 29-year Air Force career as the Director of Air Force Services in Washington, DC. As a member of Air Force’s executive management team, she was responsible for the development and execution of a $2 billion portfolio of worldwide programs. She has senior executive experience including working on the National Security Staff for the White House, serving on the staff of a Member of Congress and leading multinational organizations. Additionally, a master navigator with over 2400 flying hours, her flying career included serving as an instructor and evaluator in three different aircrafts.
Eden is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has MAs in Political Science and National Security Strategy and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management.
CEO Comments Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) is the primary nonprofit resource for Veterans and their families in Tennessee. As Veterans serving Veterans, our staff provides life-changing supportive programs that empower Veterans to achieve their goals and dreams, and to help them find answers to their overwhelming questions. Some of these individualized services include benefits counseling, employment readiness training and placement assistance, and transitional housing. In addition, we coordinate referrals to our community partners so that every Veteran has the opportunity to succeed. As the only Veteran Service Center in Tennessee recognized by the VA, we are uniquely qualified and able to provide more direct, personal services to Veterans than any other agency in Tennessee.
No Veteran who wants to work should be jobless. No Veteran should feel hopeless. No Veteran should be homeless. While it is a source of pride that OSDTN programs meet and exceed all standards, true success comes when a Veteran receives the help they need and moves on to a renewed life within the community. That is why OSDTN exists. Will you join us?
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $2,942,511.00
Projected Expenses $2,942,511.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$3,160,096$2,941,362$3,736,827
Total Expenses$2,764,605$2,945,654$2,967,218
Revenue Less Expenses$395,491($4,292)$769,609
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$636,581$356,468$1,126,388
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$285,170$195,354$132,700
Revenue In-Kind$179,042$185,197$235,143
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,338,382$2,521,543$2,575,155
Administration Expense$206,045$250,538$255,284
Fundraising Expense$220,178$173,573$136,779
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.001.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%86%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,628,637$4,306,434$4,460,107
Current Assets$1,458,068$4,306,434$4,460,107
Long-Term Liabilities$2,706,078$2,822,241$2,929,555
Current Liabilities$211,875$169,171$211,067
Total Net Assets$1,710,684$1,315,193$1,319,485
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.8825.4621.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets58%66%66%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $1,886,890Foundations and Corporations $1,951,640Foundations and Corporations $2,020,144
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $636,581Contributions, Gifts and Grants $356,468Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $1,126,388
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $285,170Program Revenue $232,920Noncash Contributions $235,143
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Yes
Campaign Purpose The Preserving the Promise Capital Campaign's purpose is to fully fund the $2.5 million purchase of our building and $1,000,000 in renovations to make the facility more attractive to the general public and especially for women veterans and families.
Capital Campaign Goal $3,500,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates Mar 2014 to Apr 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $1,431,219.00 as of Mar 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the audit.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.  
Financial documents completed by Frasier, Dean, & Howard, PLLC.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 06/29/2017.
Nonprofit Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Address 1125 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203 4709
Primary Phone (615) 248-1981 101
Contact Email walkamile@osdtn.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Krenson
Board Chair Ms. Martha Boyd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baker Donelson - US Army Veteran
Year of Incorporation 1996
Former Names
Operation Stand Down Nashville

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Veterans & PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological injury sustained by approximately 25% of our military service members who see combat. PTSD has devastating effects on those who suffer from it and their family members. The symptoms, such as hyper-alertness, dissociation, sleeplessness, and emotional detachment, give rise to even more serious problems like alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, domestic violence – and even suicide. There is no “cure” for PTSD.


Homelessness is most visible in downtown urban settings, where individuals can be seen sleeping in public places and transporting their belongings in the stereotypical shopping cart. In reality, though, homelessness entraps many more people and families than those readily visible in typical urban environments. “Homelessness” implies that an individual or family does not have a permanent housing situation. According to this definition, individuals living in emergency shelters, transitional housing facilities, domestic violence shelters, or those traveling from couch to couch are all suffering from homelessness. An estimated 9,113 homeless persons lived in the state of Tennessee in 2011. Twenty-six percent of those homeless persons resided in the Middle Tennessee region...

Affordable Housing

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” In the United States, it is a typical expectation that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a decent and affordable home, in a community that promotes opportunity and a better quality of life in a secure and attractive environment. Families in poverty often do not achieve this expectation. Instead, many live in distressed neighborhoods, which often lack grocery stores, banks, and health resources. These neighborhoods typically have relatively high rates of crime and unemployment, as well as under-performing schools. Climbing out of poverty is even more difficult because of the lack of entry-level jobs in or near distressed neighborhoods, in combination with the lack of affordable housing in suburban communities where personal vehicles are often necessary to get to places of employment...

Adult Literacy

If you can read this, you can fill out an application, write a check, shop for groceries, read to a child, and understand the bus schedule. What if you couldn’t? On top of that, what would happen if you couldn’t speak English? Renting an apartment and going to the doctor would be come terrifying and overwhelming. 44 million adults in the United States are unable to even read a simple story to a child, and 1 out of 5 Nashville adults is functionally illiterate.

Workforce Development

With global competition, technological changes and the growth of knowledge- and service-based economies, even entry-level jobs require more advanced skills than they did several decades ago. There is great demand for workers with education, skills training or both, but jobs that require only a high school diploma are disappearing, or the wages they pay are dropping. Schools offer limited vocational training, and graduates often lack the practical job skills employers need.

Adoption & Foster Care

Parents dropping their kids off at school may not realize their child sits next to a young person in the foster care system. Students may not realize their classmate is not going home to his or her own parents, but to a group home or foster care placement. No sign on this child would alert anyone that he or she has likely suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment.