NOVS Blog

A Warm Thank You

clock February 15, 2011 15:12 by author Caleb Cage

The family of Timothy Hall, a wounded soldier from Hawthorne, Nevada, penned a very warm letter of gratitude, which was published in the Record-Courier.  You can take a look at it here, and I highly encourage you to do so.



Veterans Services Commissioner in the News

clock January 31, 2011 11:20 by author Caleb Cage

Ms. Sally Wiley sits as a Commissioner on the Veterans Services Commission, the appointed body that oversees the Nevada Office of Veterans Services. This last week, she conducted an interview with several Carson Valley papers to discuss the upcoming events offered by this agency, as well as her roll in supporting our mission.  

Sally Wiley is on a new mission.

As an appointee to the Nevada Office of Veterans Services Commission, the Gardnerville resident

is working to raise awareness of veterans — especially women — of benefits available to them.

Read the whole thing here.  



Wounded Warrior Honored by Senator Reid

clock January 26, 2011 11:06 by author Caleb Cage

The annual State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., is a time when the president attempts to tell the nation its temperature, lay out goals and objectives for moving forward, and otherwise inspire the nation with the message the Administration would like to see moving forward.  To a lesser degree, it is also a time for disagreement and, of course, politics.  Last night's State of the Union Address had all of this and more, especially with respect to veterans and military related issues, primarily related to the budget and the two ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

I did not know it when I heard the speech last night, but there was a special Nevadan in attendance at the invitation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Timothy Hall of Hawthorne, who I have blogged about here and here, was in available for the speech as a representative of the sacrifice by veterans that the Senator has attempted to recognize in the state and in the country.  Read the whole press release here.



More News from the Holidays

clock December 27, 2010 10:18 by author Caleb Cage

As we all settle back in to another week heading into another holiday, it is great to see that more news coverage is dedicated to those who are serving our country.  I found these two stories to be particularly interesting over the holiday weekend, both clearly stating how much hearth and home is missed by out service members over the holidays.  First, take a look at this story in the Reno Gazette-Journal about two members of the Nevada National Guard who were able to come home for the holidays.   And then this story here about a school in Minden that was able to broadcast a student's Christmas concert over to his mother in Afghanistan.  



NOVS on the Radio

clock December 14, 2010 11:38 by author Caleb Cage

Last week, Carole Turner, the Deputy Director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services, spoke to the hosts of The Forgotten Promise radio program. The Forgotten Promise show was created by veterans for veterans, and is geared toward educating our veterans about benefits, how to receive them, and various other issues impacting all veterans. The show is heard live on the Las Vegas area on KDWN (AM720).  You can listen to it streaming here.  If you know Carole, you know that her knowledge of veterans’ issues and policies is only matched by the heart she puts into her work.  Both her knowledge and her dedication to the veterans of Nevada come through in this very insightful interview.  Listen to the whole thing here and you’ll be sure to learn a lot.  I know I did.

 



About the Author

Kat Miller is the Director for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) Katherine Miller was raised in Reno and served 34 years in the United States Army.  Starting as an enlisted soldier, she culminated her military service with assignments as a military police brigade commander serving in the United States and in Afghanistan; and as the Commander of the Department of Defense’s largest correctional organization.

After retiring she taught college at the University of Maryland and the University of Nevada, Reno. She served as the Deputy Director for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services prior to accepting appointment as the Director.

Her education includes a Master’s of Science Degree from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s of Public Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago

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