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Posted: Friday, Mar 29th, 2013

To the Veteran’s Board of Uinta County;

I understand that Nellie Richins is retiring May 31. I am sad to see her go, but elated for her on her new experience. It seems Uinta County is looking to cut expenses, everyone is in the same situation.

I do not believe doing away with the position of veterans service officer of Uinta County is beneficial to the veterans of our county. In fact this position should be a full 40-hour week with full benefits. I have worked with Nellie and know she could use more time to help all of us who are veterans of the United States Military. We have served our country and deserve the recognition and any aid the Veterans Administration offers.

I served my country during the Viet Nam conflict. In 1997, I had a heart attack. In 2009, I had another heart attack. My hearing is not good. When I heard about Nellie, I went to see her. She helped me sign up at the VA, which was one of the best things to happen to me. I received hearing aids from the VA. I also found out my heart problems are caused by Agent Orange. I was set at 60 percent disabled and receive compensation from the VA. In January of this year, I had double bypass surgery. Nellie helped me file another form and now my disability has been raised to 100 percent.

I realize this is probably not that important to you. I am relating my story to you because I want you to know that if it was not for all the hard and time-consuming work Nellie did for me “just doing her job,” I would never have learned about the services provided to me from the VA. Please do not let this position go away. All veterans and active service personnel need some place to go and knowledgeable people to help us with any questions, benefits or problems we might have.

Thank you

Daniel Gorrell


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