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Les Strickland appointed as new Stephens County Veterans Service Officer

Les Strickland appointed as new Stephens County Veterans Service Officer
February 14
18:33 2023

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

As a retired U.S. Marine with more than 20 years of service, Les Strickland brings the first-hand experience of being a U.S. military veteran to his new appointment as the Stephens County Veterans Service Officer.

The Stephens County Commissioners approved the appointment at their Monday, Feb. 13, meeting. Strickland takes over the position from Brandon Jeffcoat, who was appointed last October but resigned this month after he moved due to a family situation, Stephens County Judge Michael Roach said.

In addition to being a veteran of the U.S. Marines, Strickland also is a member of the American Volunteer Reserves, a non-profit organization that provides military honors at veterans’ funerals and also offers honor guard and color guard services at community events, such as parades, veterans programs, etc.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to serve veterans. I know it means a lot,” Strickland said Monday morning. “Veterans are very dear to my heart.”

Strickland and his wife, Sherry, also are involved in other community organizations, including the Rotary Club and the United Fund of Breckenridge.

Veterans Services Officers assist veterans in each Texas county by providing information, education and support regarding services available to veterans and their dependent and survivors. Once they have completed their training, VSOs can provide direct assistance with the status of Veterans Administration claims and other issues.

 

Cutline, top photo: Les Strickland was appointed as the new Stephens County Veterans Service Officer by the County Commissioners on Monday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 

 

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