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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Roger's new veterans council meets Thursday

Rep. Mike Rogers has created a Third Congressional District Veterans Advisory Council and it meets for the first time on Thursday.

The council will help Rogers stay plugged in on veterans issues and help him advocate those issues, he said in a release.

Last week, he added 31 East Alabama veterans and wants the council to include a diverse group of veterans.

Rogers is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a ranking member on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee and on the Agriculture Committee.

Tomorrow's meeting is at 2:30 p.m. at the Comer Library at 314 N. Broadway Ave. in Sylacauga.

The 31 veterans recently appointed are:

Calhoun County: John Hamilton, Claude "Sonny" Miller, Gerald Watson, Rick Freeman

Chambers County: Roy Hill, Ray Edwards

Cherokee County: Kirk Day, Don Tucker

Clay County: Melvin "Leon" Morrow, Gerald Dial

Cleburne County: Tommy Poore, Phillip Morris

Coosa County: Les Sellers, Larry Rayfield, Melvin Jackson

Lee County: Bill Jenrette, Jerry Bently, Lewis Wood

Macon County: Benjamin Rackley, Harold Louis Powell Sr.

Montgomery County: William Rumph III, Bowen Ballard, Steve Linder

Randolph County: Tom Staples, Frank Reaves

Russell County: William Raines, Harvey Stewart

Talladega County: Jim Heigl, Oliver "Wayne" Dial

Tallapoosa County: Bruce Champion, Robert Stone

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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