Veterans Affairs Bureau launches program to honor local veterans

An upstate Veterans Affairs office hopes a new program will not only honor their local heroes, but inform their veteran community of the resources available to them. Leaders of the Spartanburg Co. Veterans Office believe their Hall of Heroes initiative will celebrate and help keep the stories of their veterans alive. Twenty-one veteran stories will have the chance to be retold and immortalized in Spartanburg County history. The Hall of Heroes, named after Spartanburg native PFC Thomas E. Atkins, is something director Brent Cobb uses to show just how patriotic the county can be. be. “They are the reason we are here today with the freedoms we have. The sacrifices they made and the families made so they could serve our country,” Cobb said. Cobb thinks the best way to achieve this goal is by telling the stories of these veterans. “A lot of these people are going to be Vietnamese-era people and they haven’t been welcomed home. So it will be a welcome home and we appreciate your service,” Cobb said. “Once these veterans die, those stories die with them. So it’s about leaving a legacy and telling the story of all Spartanburg County veterans.” Cobb believes this program will also help inform the county’s more than 19,000 veterans of its resources. “In advocating, we need to get this information to them so they can continue to receive our services. The only way to do that is to put programs of this nature in place and make them aware that there are resources available. here in the community for them.” Cobb said. Now not only the sound of a 21-gun salute will make you think of the sacrifices of these heroes. You can now hear their military journey from them, long after they’ve left. “All nominations. These stories are going to be captured and it will be a legacy left for generations from now,” Cobb said. Along with the Hall of Heroes program, the office is also launching the Spirit of the Spartan award. . This will be given to five local businesses or individuals who have gone out of their way to support local veterans. Any living or deceased veteran of Spartanburg County is eligible for the Hall of Heroes. To apply, simply go to the county’s website to complete an application. Once these 21 veterans are chosen for the Hall of Heroes, they will be honored at a ceremony in October.

An upstate Veterans Affairs office hopes a new program will not only honor their local heroes, but inform their veteran community of the resources available to them.

Leaders of the Spartanburg Co. Veterans Office believe their Hall of Heroes initiative will celebrate and help keep the stories of their veterans alive.

Twenty-one veteran stories will have the chance to be retold and immortalized in Spartanburg County history.

The Hall of Heroes, named after Spartanburg native PFC Thomas E. Atkins, is something director Brent Cobb uses to show just how patriotic the county can be.

“They are the reason we are here today with the freedoms we have. The sacrifices they made and the families they made so they could serve our country,” Cobb said.

Cobb thinks the best way to achieve this goal is to tell the stories of these veterans.

“A lot of these people are going to be Vietnamese-era people and they haven’t been welcomed home. So it will be a welcome home and we appreciate your service,” Cobb said. “Once these veterans die, those stories die with them. So it’s about leaving a legacy and telling the story of all Spartanburg County veterans.”

Cobb believes this program will also help inform the more than 19,000 veterans across the county about his resources.

“In advocating, we need to get this information to them so they can continue to receive our services. The only way to do that is to put programs of this nature in place and make them aware that there are resources available. here in the community for them.” Cobb said.

Now not only the sound of a 21-gun salute will make you think of the sacrifices of these heroes.

You can now hear their military journey from them, long after they’ve gone.

“All nominations. These stories are going to be captured and it will be a legacy left for generations from now,” Cobb said.

Along with the Hall of Heroes program, the office is also launching the Spirit of the Spartan award. This will be given to five local businesses or individuals who have gone out of their way to support local veterans.

Any living or deceased veteran of Spartanburg County is eligible for the Hall of Heroes. To apply, simply go to the department website to fill out an application.

Once these 21 veterans are chosen for the Hall of Heroes, they will be honored at a ceremony in October.

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