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SERVING OUR VETERANS: What does a VSO do?

October 6, 2017
Ron Montonye - Pierce County Veterans Service Officer , Pierce County Tribune

Hello, I am the new Veterans Service Officer for Pierce County. I am replacing Larry Fjellanger, who has admirably served the veterans of this area for over a decade.

I could go into detail on letting you know more about my background, but I do not want this position to be about me. I want the focus to be on the veterans I have the privilege to serve. For, as the job title indicates, it is about service to others, not about me. So, for now, I will just say I am a military veteran from the end of the Vietnam era.

Since I am new to this position, I have much to learn. Thanks to Larry Fjellanger for taking the time to help me get started. But no matter how much I learn about this job, I cannot do it alone. That is why I am asking all of you to help me as well.

All of us need to work together to make sure all veterans of this area receive the benefits they so rightly deserve. They have earned this right. Help me by helping them in any way you can.

I plan to submit newspaper articles like this periodically, with basic information that will be of benefit to our veterans. Hopefully, you will review these articles as well and find something useful that could help a veteran who may be a friend, family member, or just a passing acquaintance. If nothing else, you could just steer them in my direction.

I have already been asked several times, "What does a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) do?" In a nutshell, the VSO works with veterans and families of veterans within state, federal and local laws. The office provides assistance with military records, VA benefits, proof of service, burial and death payments and assistance with pensions. Basically, the VSO assists all eligible persons with filing the necessary claims for all these situations.

I am in my office at the Pierce County Courthouse each Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or by appointment. But I can be reached anytime by calling my home phone at 776-5358, or my cell phone at 771-7371.

Thank you in advance for helping me assist the veterans of our area. Like me, I am sure you are thankful for the sacrifices they have made for our country. Let us return this gift of service by making it our duty to live our life each day in a way that brings honor to them, and worthy of the sacrifices they have made for us.

 
 

 

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