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Guest commentary: A?message from Lyon County’s new VSO

September 22, 2010
By Terry Wing

Lyon County Veterans Service Officer

To the residents of Lyon County:

In his second inaugural address President Lincoln gave us this wartime charge: "Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." As the Lyon County Veterans Service Officer, I see the need for committed service to veterans. Lyon County is home to more than 1,700 veterans of all ages and eras and hosts a National Guard unit that deploys in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Given these realities, Lincoln's charge is still relevant for all of us today. Those who have served in our Armed Forces understand the measure of sacrifice that is required to ensure peace and security. Many of our own veterans in Lyon County have shouldered this burden of battle, and they deserve our continued support, both during deployments and after they have fulfilled their duty of service. Many veterans continue their legacy of service after transitioning out of the military. They are civic-minded citizens with valuable professional skills and the robust leadership ability that enable our community to thrive. Take the time to thank our troops and veterans for their service in the military and also for their continued service to our community.

As your Veterans Service Officer, I am an advocate for veterans. I will help them with understanding a complicated VA benefits system and assist them with navigating the red tape that can delay the VA application process when they return home. As a member of this community, I hope to see continued support for our veterans and servicemembers. If you or someone you know is a veteran and have questions about services available to veterans and their dependents, do not hesitate to contact me for any reason:

Phone: (507) 537-6729

Email: terrywing@co.lyon.mn.us

In Person: Lyon County Government Center 1st Floor

I look forward to making Lyon County a destination where veterans can live a comfortable life, find meaningful and prosperous work, and enjoy a satisfying retirement. I will put forward my best effort to fulfill Lincoln's mandate as I work to deliver the best service to our county's veterans.

 
 

 

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