A reception to introduce new veteran’s service officer Mary Garman to south Logan County veterans was held last week on Wednesday, fittingly on Patriot’s Day — Sept. 11 is designated as Patriot’s Day in memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Logan County Judge Ray Gack said he was pleased with the turnout for the event at which both Garman and Eric Siddons were on hand to discuss any benefit issues with veterans both individually and in a group setting.

The event drew veterans of all ages and branches of service, including 93-year old World War II veteran Eugene McDonald, who was presented with a special gift for being the oldest to attend.

Other door prizes, including a hand crafted patriotic quilt won by David Cotner, were also presented.

Garman, who started at the veterans service officer in late August is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week in Room 13 of the courthouse in Booneville.

A veteran herself who served a tour in Iraq as a nurse, Garman came to the position after retiring from Fort Chaffee.

Services the office provides include helping veterans apply for benefits, including educational and basic healthcare eligibility, acquiring a missing DD214, and taking advantage of the newly effective VA mission Act, which allows veterans to use local healthcare providers, Garman said.

She can also assist spouses file for benefits upon the death of a veteran, and help obtain a grave marker.

Garman is available by phone at 675-5650.