Travis Woods

January 2016

Travis Woods, Motor Vehicle Driver for the Missouri Veterans Home – Mt. Vernon

Travis was nominated by his peers and selected for showing leadership among co-workers, always making himself available to assist in any way needed, and continuing to be a leader with the MVH-Mt. Vernon NAHCA group. Travis also shows extraordinary patience and a caring attitude with the Veterans to ensure their safety and comfort at all times.

When Travis has free time from his regular duties you will always find him on the floor working and helping his coworkers take care of Veterans. The Veterans and Travis's coworkers are and will always be his main priority.

Travis will be honored January 20, 2016 at a 2 pm ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Home – Mt. Vernon, in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.


Jason Hees

February 2016

Jason Hees, Veterans Service Officer in the Veterans Service Program’s Northeast Region

Jason was nominated by his peers and selected because of how he continues to help Veterans. Jason always give the Veterans 100% which shows through the multiple occasions he was able to get back pay, survivor, & education benefits for Veterans and their families.

Jason personally looks at, follows, and appeals anything that he knows can be turned around to provide these well earned benefits. He is thorough in his interviews with Veterans and their families and always has a plan to help the Veterans he serves.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission, Jason has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff.

Jason will be honored January 28, 2016 at an 11:30 am ceremony in Jefferson City, Missouri.


Ray Solovic

March 2016

Ray Solovic, Maintenance Worker II at the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis

Ray was nominated by his peers and selected because of the leadership he showed among co-workers. Ray has gone above and beyond by being available 24/7 for assistance during his time off of work. On five separate occasions Ray was called in to assist with emergency/urgent maintenance calls.

Ray will be there to assist anyone in the department with their jobs if and when needed. He also shows extraordinary patience and a caring attitude with the Veterans to ensure their safety and comfort at all times.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Ray has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff.

Ray’s dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Ray will be honored March 8, 2016 at a 1:00 pm ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.


Don Brown

April 2016

Don Brown, Veterans Benefits and Appeals Specialist for the Veterans Service Program

Don was nominated by his peers and selected because he goes above and beyond normal workloads to make every Veteran's day important, working diligently to solve each problem.

Don checks the accuracy of the Veteran Service Officers and their work to keep consistency and balance. With Don in the Missouri Veterans Commission you not only get experience and training, but also straight forward answers for solving problems. He is also the pivot point of all VA Appeals. Don is the appeals specialist and follows the appeals through Board of Veteran Affairs and Appellate court.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Don has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff.

Don’s dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Don will be honored April 19, 2016 at a 1:00 pm ceremony at the St. Louis VA Regional Office in St. Louis, Missouri.


Brandon Ferguson

May 2016

Brandon Ferguson, Cemetery Worker for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery - Jacksonville

Brandon was nominated by his peers and selected because of his outstanding work ethic and exceptional skill as a heavy equipment operator.

Brandon assisted in several key projects this past year improving the cemetery's appearance. Most notably, he was key in providing insight and skilled heavy equipment operation to maintain and improve the drainage area at the base of the spillway, helping to provide smoother water flow and a reduction in erosion. Brandon’s suggestions for improvements are always to the point and exercise good judgement and common sense.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Brandon has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff.

Brandon’s dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Brandon will be honored May 20, 2016 at a noon ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery – Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Missouri.


Paul Martin

June 2016

Paul Martin, Cemetery Worker for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery - Bloomfield

Paul was nominated by his peers and selected because of the compassion he showed an elderly Veteran who became ill while visiting the grave of his loved one and was suffering with an ailment that causes dizziness and extreme nausea.

When Paul noticed the Veteran at the grave he quickly offered assistance as it was apparent that the Veteran should not be left alone and after some coaxing Paul convinced him to come to the office and rest and to allow him to call a relative to come and assist the Veteran as the drive to his house was over 60 miles away and it would not have been safe for him to travel alone.

Paul’s actions were a heartfelt initiative and compassion for an elderly Veteran who was in need of physical assistance and mental assurance. His actions were what we would hope would be common of all people, but especially more of those who are employed in a service dedicated to the care of Veterans and their dependents.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Paul has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff.

Paul’s dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Paul will be honored May 23, 2016 at a 10:00 am ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery – Bloomfield in Bloomfield, Missouri.


Shane McGhee

July 2016

Shane McGhee, Activity Aide II for the Missouri Veterans Home – Cape Girardeau

Shane was nominated by his peers and selected because of his heroic efforts to save a Veteran, while putting his own life in danger.

Shane, who is also a CNA, frequently volunteers in the nursing department by working additional shifts. Recently, the facility experienced a small fire starting in one of the Veterans’ personal rooms. Shane was assigned to the hallway that the fire took place and was first upon the fire. He reacted quickly and correctly, doing everything just the way he was supposed to.

Shane entered the room and rescued the Veteran. He bear-hugged the Veteran by himself and pulled him to safety while putting his own life in danger as well. The Veteran’s clothes were still on fire when Shane rescued him to a safer place and Shane patted the flames out with his hands.

His quick reaction and response saved this Veteran's life as well as many others as the fire was contained to a very small area allowing all the other Veterans on the hall to be brought to safety within a short amount of time.

Shane has what it takes to be a great leader. He leads by example himself, his work ethics are outstanding and he is always looking for more ways to help the Veterans. He treats the Veterans like his own family, having a genuine caring relationship with each and every one of them.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Shane has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff and his dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Shane will be honored July 6, 2016 at a 3:00 pm ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Home – Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.


Calvin Fulton

August 2016

Calvin Fulton, Stores Clerk for the Missouri Veterans Home – Warrensburg

Calvin was nominated by his peers and selected because of his accuracy and organization in managing the supply stock.

Calvin is behind the scenes in the day to day operations as he manages the Warrensburg supply stock to best serve the Direct Care staff and Veteran Heroes. The Missouri Veterans Home-Warrensburg has had 100% accuracy in nursing stock inventory for at least four years during Peer Review and this is a direct result of Calvin's accuracy, organizational skills and efforts in his day to day routine.

Calvin is creative and always looking for new ways to best serve Veterans and their daily changing needs. Recently, during a large water leak in the supply area, Calvin turned this challenge into an opportunity to rearrange and better utilize the floor space to allow easier access for our clinical staff.

Calvin constantly reevaluates the stock levels based on changing census and maintains levels that balance inventory needs and budgetary limitations.

Calvin volunteers to attend outside events, recreational trips and work extra shifts. He is willing to do what is necessary to take care of the Veterans even it is outside of his normal routine. He can be seen eating lunch with the Veterans, going with a group to the casino, or even shoveling snow if necessary. He truly displays a servant's heart and honors our Veterans in all that he does.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Calvin has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff and his dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Calvin will be honored August 26, 2016 at a 10:00 am ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Home – Warrensburg in Warrensburg, Missouri.


Kevin Barlow

September 2016

Kevin Barlow, Maintenance Supervisor for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery – Springfield

Kevin was nominated by his peers and selected because during the vacancy of the Springfield Cemetery Director, he made sure that cemetery operations ran smoothly, covering as both Maintenance Supervisor & Cemetery Director during the first peer review of the cemetery.

Kevin put together the 2016 Memorial Day Service, taking a lot of time contacting people to participate in the program and putting the agenda together so the new director coming on board did not have to worry about a thing for this very large annual event.

Kevin has also taken on receiving phone calls over the weekends for interment services for the cemetery and ensures that the front office staff as well as his subordinates have what they needed to accomplish everyday tasks and operations.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Kevin has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff and his dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Kevin will be honored September 21, 2016 at a 9 a.m. ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery - Springfield in Springfield, Missouri.


Sherry Newton

October 2016

Sherry Newton, Laundry Worker I for the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis

Sherry was nominated by her peers and selected because of the positive actions she showed when an emergency admission happened at the home.

The admission occurred after business hours late on a Friday afternoon when a hospital informed the Veteran he was being discharged and needed to find a place to go, recommending a homeless shelter. The Veteran was discharged from the hospital to our facility with no personal belongings, no clothing, and no family within hours of travel time.

Upon the Veteran’s arrival, Sherry took an opportunity to bring a moment of joy to the Veteran by visiting with the Veteran and envisioning his particular size necessary for clothing. She promptly utilized all of her resources to locate suitable clothing for the Veteran and make him feel at home. The Veteran and his family expressed a great deal of gratefulness for the effort the staff initiated toward the Veteran, to include the personal attention Ms. Newton displayed toward him.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Sherry has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. She is a true role model for all Commission staff and her dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on herself in particular.

Sherry will be honored October 26, 2016 at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.


Stacey McCunen

November 2016

Stacey McCune, Supply Manager for the Missouri Veterans Home – Warrensburg

Stacey was nominated by her peers and selected for being always willing to go above and beyond for the Veterans.

Recently, Stacey was called in after normal office hours regarding an equipment failure for a Veteran resident. Not only did Stacey start the process of obtaining a new compressor, she came in to the office to make sure it was received. Stacey also went and visited with the Veteran resident to offer him reassurance that this was being taken care of.

Not only is Stacey an advocate for the Veteran's needs, she is also willing to help out wherever she can. When some extra help was needed in the dietary department and at the same time the Dietary Director was away tending to family needs, Stacey offered her assistance by working the front-line in the dietary department and washing dishes on the weekend.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Stacey has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. She is a true role model for all Commission staff and her dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on herself in particular.

Stacey will be honored November 17, 2016 at the MVC Leadership Conference being held at the Ramada Oasis Conference Center in Springfield, Missouri.


Sylvester Chisom

December 2016

Sylvester Chisom, Restorative Aide at the Missouri Veterans Home - St. Louis

Sylvester was nominated by his peers and selected for always being willing to go above and beyond for the Veterans.

Recently, the family member of a Veteran asked for assistance in getting the Veteran into the car to go to a doctor's appointment. Without hesitation, Sylvester grabbed a transfer gait belt and went outside to assist. Then when the Veteran returned from the appointment, Sylvester again helped to get the Veteran out of the car safely.

While employed with the Missouri Veterans Commission Sylvester has day after day exemplified true dedication to the Commission's Mission Statement of honoring and serving our Veterans. He is a true role model for all Commission staff and his dedication for those we serve reflects well on the Commission as a whole and on himself in particular.

Sylvester will be honored December 20, 2016 at a 10:00 am ceremony at the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.