Recognizing those who serve the veteran community
The Crook County Veterans Services Office is sponsoring the first annual Crook County Community Veterans Appreciation Awards.
Adam Williams, executive director for the Crook County Veterans Services Office, commented that the Crook County Community Veterans Appreciation Awards is their biggest push for the summer, and he indicated that it is something different and something they have not done before. They are excited to have the office open at full capacity again, as their spring events were canceled due to COVID.
There will be three awards for nominations, with four ways to nominate. They include mail nominations, fax, email and Facebook. All nominations must have an explanation of why the person submitting it thinks their nominee should win, including how they have served the veteran community.
"We wanted to highlight a veteran, a business and a community member for their service to the veteran community," explained Williams. "The idea behind it is that (there are) people who are doing more than just service or doing stuff on holidays—they are doing it throughout the year."
He gave examples of small things such as restaurants that give veterans free coffee and snacks on days that they are putting out the flags.
"It is little things like that which are community-driven and community-focused, and basically that is what it's all about," he added.
There are three categories, with one being focused on a veteran who serves beyond the uniform. Williams gave examples of veterans who are involved in organizations like Band of Brothers and go above and beyond in helping fellow veterans and the community. The service should encompass volunteering with other organizations, and working in positions that are considered service work, such as first responders, wildland fire, religious groups or teachers.
There will be nominations for businesses that support veterans by donating time or goods to veteran organizations. This support should be beyond just major holidays and be year-round.
The nomination for a community member includes an individual who supports veterans in veteran-focused events, special veteran services, or memorial services. This individual must show how they have supported the veteran community.
"I definitely want to recognize the people who have kept giving and do it all the time," concluded Williams. "This community is very focused on the veteran community, so to recognize them back on what they do for us—I think that is really important."
First Annual Crook County Community Veterans Appreciation Awards
Contact: Crook County Veterans Services Office at 541-447-5304
Nominations can be mailed to: 422 NW Beaver St.
Facebook: Crook County Veteran Services
No phone call nominations.
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