Military Retirees Tri-State Area
M.R.T.S.A was formed in 1974 when three men (Houston Traylor, Vercy Whitlow and Ed Thompson) decided, "We retired military personnel can help by channeling our diverse and varied experience into the betterment of our community"
In 1983, M.R.T.S.A. purchased 280 Cynthia Place and it became the centerpiece of the organization. It is a gathering place, a place for fellowship with like minded military retirees, and where progress in and support for the community takes place.
In 1992, M.R.T.S.A. supported the establishment of a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post at the Clubhouse, named for Dr. R.Q. Venson, a WWI veteran and prominent African-American Dentist on Beale Street. Being the only predominantly African-American VFW Post in the Stat, one of our members was elected District Commander by the VFW Department of Tennessee, District 10.
Over the years, M.R.T.S.A. has successfully lived up to it's motto, "United and Concerned" and it's constitutional purpose to: