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(Neb)-Retiring VSO Plans To Enjoy Life A Bit

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/30/2016 11:37 AM
photo - courtesy Kerri Rempp/Chadron Record
CHADRON - Dawes County Veterans Service Officer Alan Connell says he may be retiring after 4 years on the job, but he's not going anywhere...at least not permanently.

Connell, who has a Whitney-area ranch, says he may do a little traveling but basically plans to stick close to home - going back to "buying a few cattle, doing a little fishing, and enjoying life a little bit."

He also plans to stick around the office and help out for a month or two under the county commissioners hire his successor, pretty much what he did just before becoming the VSO four years ago this month.

      Connell was chairman of the county Veterans Service Board when he stepped in to help out unofficially in mid-2012 following the unexpected resignation after just 5 months of Mike Kohler.

       He didn't want the permanent position but after spending a few months at it and being urged to apply by friends and veterans, he did and was appointed by the county commissioners a year ago last Monday.

       When he officially began as the VSO, Connell said one of his goals to see more female and younger veterans take advantage of the services offered by the office, and he's proud to say now that he met that goal.


The Dawes County Veterans Service Office held a retirement Open House for Connell yesterday.


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