SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
Local veteran advocate and hero, Harry Woodward, received notice last month that he was being recognized by the National Office of the Disabled American Veterans.
In early November, he received a letter in the mail he had been nominated and appointed as “National Deputy Chief of Staff” to the National Commander during his term.
Woodward, who is the commander of the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 234 of Stephenville, said he was surprised by the appointment.
“Being a small rural chapter, it is an honor that our efforts to fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served,” Woodward said. “To be recognized by National Headquarter is heartwarming.”
DAV claims the local chapter in Stephenville is a “chapter on steroids, always changing and adapting to meet our local Veteran’s needs. In the last three and a half years of service, the Stephenville chapter has developed additional programs to add to programs already in place making way for even more aid to local veterans in the area.”
The chapter has a van transportation program that carries veterans to Central Texas VA health care clinics five days a week, emergency PTSD treatment, PTSD support group, financial aid, claims assistance and, most recently, they were challenged with a veteran family transitioning out of the military and a homeless veteran – both of which the Stephenville DAV aided seamlessly.
Commander Woodward said he is very flattered by the appointment, but most grateful for his role in assisting local veterans.
“I am grateful that the work done here was recognized by our national organization,” he concluded. “But I am even more humbled by being blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in my community.”