Together With Veterans AND Morris County and TCT Broadband are excited to announce the opening of the Veterans Virtual Living Room at 501 East Main Street, Council Grove.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and open house was held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 27th. The public invited to attend.

In November 2023, Together With Veterans AND Morris County and TCT Broadband were awarded a $5,000.00 grant from the Foundation of Rural Services (FRS) to create the Virtual Living Room, designed to allow Veterans to telehealth with the Veterans Administration or other doctors, to include mental health, in Council Grove.  The Virtual Living Room is co-located in the office of Counseling Associates of the Flint Hills, a group of Morris County licensed Mental Health Clinicians.  TCT Broadband matched the grant with an additional $5,000.  Together With Veterans AND Morris County was able to leverage the funds during the Council Grove Area Foundation’s November Match Month.

The Virtual Living Room is an FRS grant program that blends rural technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resources, and local support to encourage Veteran use of advanced medical technologies.  The Virtual Living Room will save Veterans travel time while saving the VA the cost of reimbursing that travel while enabling connections with a variety of providers within the VA system.  The Virtual Living Room will be staffed by members of Together With Veterans AND Morris County with a schedule to be determined in the immediate future as well as on-call hours.

The FRS has been devoted to serving rural communities by creating opportunities through scholarships, grants, and innovative programs, since 1944.  TCT has access to FRS resources through its membership in NTCA, an organization that nationally advocates for rural broadband.  The grant is also possible through the generous assistance of CoBank.  CoBank, part of the US Farm Credit System, provides loans and financial services to cooperatives, agribusinesses, rural public utilities, and other farm credit associations.