1On behalf of Governor Brian Sandoval, James (Gunny) Utterback, of Hawthorne, was recognized as Nevada’s January 2015 Veteran of the Month by NDVS Director, Kat Miller, Monday, Jan. 26 in Carson City.

“Gunny is the go to guy in Hawthorne,” said Miller. “He’s an example of a veteran who takes care of other veterans and their families as well as volunteering for community efforts and for Governor Sandoval, myself and his community, we are honored and appreciate the work he does in his community.”

Utterback served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to Hawthorne to where he served as the Director of Senior Services for Mineral County. Upon his retirement, Gunny became active in assisting veterans and community volunteerism.

He is actively involved in as a member local organizations and community boards which included the VFW, American Legion, Elks, E-Campus Vitus and sits on the Mineral County Economic Development Authority.

In addition to these organizations, he works with F-Troop, an organization which assists seniors with minor home repairs and builds ADA compliant ramps at no cost to the family.

Anyone can nominate a veteran. If you know a veteran in your community that continues to volunteer to help others we encourage them to be nominate them. It may be for helping community efforts, serving as a big brother or sister, or in the course of helping other veterans, we want to recognize them for their efforts.

Nominations for the Veteran of the Month can be sent at any time and will be reviewed at the next Veterans Services Commission Board meeting (VSC. Guidelines and a nomination application can be downloaded from the NDVS website at www.veterans.nv.gov (Services Menu) and sent to the NDVS Department in Reno.