Don Parsons wants Colusa County Veterans to know who he is and what he does.
“If you are a veteran; you’ve earned benefits or compensation; it is my job to see what they’re entitled to,” Parsons said.
As the Assistant Veterans Services Officer, Parsons started with the County in February of this year.
“The community has been very receptive,” said Parsons.
Parsons were hired after longtime Assistant Veterans Services Officer; Carol Pearson retired in December of last year.
A Williams resident, Parsons retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.
“I am a veteran myself,” said Parsons, “I understand the needs of my fellow veterans and I am here to help.”
His goal is to inform Colusa County Veterans of the benefits they’re entitled to and help guide them through the process.
“Many veterans or service members have benefits they are unaware of,” said Parsons, “it is my duty to let them know what is available.”
In Colusa County, many veterans can be eligible for Health and Dental Care, Service Connected Compensation, Pension, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, VA Home Loans, Property Tax Exemptions, Low Cost Fishing and Hunting Licenses, Burial & Survivor Benefits, Women Veterans Issues, Services for Homeless Veterans, Tuition Fee Waivers, and much more.
“It’s important that our veterans get the help they need,” said Parsons. “These programs are not ‘handouts’; they are benefits, and they’ve earned it.”
With approximately 1,200 veterans in Colusa County, Parsons said he helps new people each day discover their benefits.
Parsons would also like to reach the younger veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, who may need care for physical injuries or mental health services.
Located at the Colusa County Health and Human Services Office at 251 E. Webster Street in Colusa, Parsons is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. To arrange for an appointment at (530) 458-0388.
Colusa County Veterans can find more information by visiting the Colusa County Veteran Services website at: http://www.countyofcolusa.org/index.aspx?nid=180
The Colusa County Veterans Service Office is a county department established by the Board of Supervisors to assist veterans, their dependents and their survivors with obtaining entitlements from the federal, state and local agency administering programs for veterans. This department advocates veterans rights and is not a division of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA). ■