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Trip to base rewards Pierce County role in CVSO service

When Pierce County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) David Till spent almost a year away from his office for military service, county officials needed to cover his responsibilities here during his absence.

Till is a member of the National Guard and Reserve, whose members are presently represented in overseas conflicts such as Afghanistan to the level of 50 percent of U.S. forces, County Board Supervisor Mel Pittman said Friday.

It fell to the county's veterans service committee, including Pittman along with Jeff Holst and Thomas Sitz, to arrange for fill-in assistance, the supervisor said. In return, the Wisconsin Employer Support of Guard and Reserve program has rewarded the county as well as other employers who temporarily lose employees to military duty by offering them trips to installations.

Pittman said Holst went to Fort Bragg, N.C., last year as a participant in the program. This year, it was his turn.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 14.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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