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Recognizing those who served

Marine WWII veteran Harold Elterman is presented with a certificate from the Governor's office by NVDS's Steve Sitton Aug. 12 at Brookdale Gardnerville.
Brad Coman |

March 1944, James Mefford, an Army Air Corps captain and flight trainer, was presumed dead after his plane was shot down during a World War II bombing raid. The Gardnerville veteran’s story and service was one of many recognized during the Veteran’s Ceremony on Thursday at Brookdale Gardnerville Senior Community.

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services partnered with Brookdale in honoring resident veterans for their military service. This group of Nevada heroes represents more than 144 years of combined service to the Country. According to Nevada Department of Veterans Service Deputy Director of Wellness Wendy Simons this is one of the first visits for Nevada’s Veterans in Care initiative that recognizes veterans living in care facilities throughout Nevada.

“Over the next year thousands of veterans in hundreds of care facilities will be personally presented with a certificate of appreciation thanking them for their service to America and their role in advancing the universal hope of liberty, justice and freedom for all, ” said Simons.

Simons said the Veterans in Care’s mission seeks to reach Nevada’s veterans residing in and receiving care and services in skilled care facilities, residential care, and assisted living facilities.

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services has dedicated over 65 years to helping Nevada veterans.

“We are continuing to reach out to providers to assure we have a broad response. The vision of VIC currently encompasses three related components: Benefits and Programs; Veteran Culture Education and Training; and Quality of Life Recognition and Communication,” she said. “This is the Silver State’s way of thanking these men and women for their service to America while ensuring they are receiving the benefits and services earned.”

For more information visit veterans.nv.gov.