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Salem welcomes new Veterans Service Officer

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Ron Beeching stepped in recently as the new Fulton County Veterans Service Officer.

Beeching is a native of Fulton County and was born and raised in Mammoth Spring. He is married to Phyllis Beeching a retired registered nurse.

The Veteran Service Office, located in the Federal Building on the south side of the Salem Square, helps veterans who may be eligible for military benefits after their service is up.

"Any service we can provide for the veterans, we want to do that. We want to see they get whatever benefits they are entitled to," Beeching said.

"Disabilities, widow's benefits, burial benefits, we will help them with things like that," he said.

Although the Veterans Service Office doesn't have scholarships or education grants, they can still help veterans apply for these benefits.

"We don't have a pool of money ourselves, but we can help veterans apply to the Veterans Administration for educational benefits. We just send in their discharge paperwork and get them started on their education money to go to school," Beeching said.

The Veterans Service Office is funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Little Rock.

Beeching himself is a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army who retired as a Sergeant First Class from the personnel department, Headquarters, 1-114th Aviation Battalion.

"I retired and became a so-called cattle farmer," Beeching said jokingly.

"I just started this job on the second and I really love it, I think it's great. I really feel like I am providing a good service for the veterans. I would like to be the best Veterans Service Officer I can be, following the tradition established by Vernon, Joyce and Danny Crow. The Crow family has supported and performed the Veterans Service job in an excellent manner for many years," Beeching said.

According to Beeching, the transition into his new position has gone smoothly.

"I haven't had any problems. If anyone asks me to do something I don't have experience with yet, they have been very patient with me. I just call Little Rock and find out what form I need to fill out or who I need to talk to," Beeching said.

"Fulton County Judge Charles Willett is my immediate supervisor. If I need something then Judge Willett is who I would see. He is a good man and has helped a lot of people in the county," he said.

Business hours for the office are Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m., and on Wednesday at the Mammoth Spring Senior Center from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Beeching said he has no intentions of going down the retirement road again.

"I don't have any plans of retiring, ever. This is just the ideal job. I will be here in 30 years, at least 30," he said.



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