Hardin County Veterans Chief Steven Gossard elected National Advocacy Group Judge Advocate – WKTN
WASHINGTON, DC – Steven Gossard, executive director of the Hardin County Veterans Office in Kenton, Ohio, was elected judge advocate for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers on Monday at the reunion of NACVSO Annual Business and Training Summit.
As judge advocate, Gossard, a Marine Corps Gulf War veteran, will advise the NACVSO leadership on matters of parliamentary procedure for the conduct of business, consider any potential changes to the NACVSO bylaws, and interpret the bylaws. if necessary. He will also sit on the Board of Directors, the governing body of NACVSO.
“It is an honor to serve Hardin County Veterans every day, and this position provides opportunities to advocate for them and those of Veterans across the country,” said Gossard. “As the national voice of thousands of local government employees who advocate for veterans in their communities, NACVSO plays a vital role in helping veterans and their families access the services they need and have earned. . I am excited about the work we have ahead of us to build on NACVSO’s decades of advocacy and education.
Since 1989, NACVSO has advocated for government policies in the service of veterans and has supported some 1,700 veterans service officers across the country. CVSOs are local government employees responsible for helping ex-combatants and their families in their communities access their benefits. CVSOs can help advocate for Veterans and their families to the VA, connect them to national and local resources, and identify gaps in policies that serve Veterans in their communities.
Earlier Monday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough kicked off the conference with an opening speech. The conference will end on Wednesday with a closing speech by Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha.