With the recent departure of long time Jackson County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Brenda DeBose the county selected a committee comprised of three veterans and two non-veterans to locate a person to fill the position of assisting veterans with their benefits from the Department Of Veterans Affairs. Retired Marine Sargent Major David Plaster has accepted the offer to fill the vacant position. Plaster was one of over two dozen applicants for the position. During the final months of his enlistment Plaster was a Family Support Officer and remained in the position as a civilian contractor for several months after his retirement before relocating to Jackson County of which he is a native. Plaster is expected to assume the duties by the middle of December and will be working closely with the North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs for training and certification.
Sheila Setzer Wood will continue as the Associate Veterans Service Officer for the County. Wood has been an employee in the office for two years and recently completed the requirements for full state and national certification. She was commended by the Search Committee and will move into a higher pay grade as a result of her certification. “Jackson County is fortunate to have two extremely capable individuals to staff this office,” said County Manager Chuck Wooten.