LAS VEGAS, Nev. 9MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Governor Brian Sandoval recognized Celia Ranson as Nevada’s July 2014 Veteran of the Month along with friends, family and veteran community leaders during a presentation at the State Capitol Thursday, July 17.
“I have always had a profound respect for veterans and those who continue to serve veterans in our state,” said Governor Sandoval. “For me, what Celia has given to our country and continues to give to our communities, I thank you on behalf of everyone in Nevada.”
Ranson’s volunteerism led her to create the Veterans Administration (VA) Women Veterans Color Guard in Nevada, which provides services for the presentation of the Colors at events throughout the state. “This is a Color Guard, which is in great demand at ceremonies,” said Caleb Cage, Director of Military and Veterans Policy for Governor Sandoval.
The Honors Escort Program is another creation by Celia which provides an escort at the VA Hospital for veterans who pass and are awaiting final arrangements by family.
“It’s not only me, but there are a number of other people involved in these programs,” said Ranson. “With everyone’s involvement, we hope these programs will grow throughout the state.”
The Veteran of the Month program is managed by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services under the direction of Director Katherine Miller. Board members of the Veterans Services Commission review nominations and choose a recipient during quarterly meetings for the following three month period. The public is invited to submit nominees for consideration by the Veterans Services Commission. Guidelines and a nomination application can be downloaded from the NDVS website at veterans.nv.gov and sent to the NDVS Department in Reno. Candidates for the next quarter will be reviewed for their volunteer service and recipients will be chosen at the next Veterans Services Commission meeting in June 2014.
With mission-focused employees, NDVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Department program. NDVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call (866)630-VETS or visit Veterans.nv.gov.