Wood County welcomes new veterans service officer

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 4:27 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2021 at 8:50 PM CST
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QUITMAN, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas county is ushering in a new way to offer assistance to veterans. The Wood County courthouse in Quitman held a meet and greet Friday with new veterans service officer Christi Billman.

Only a month into the job as veterans service officer for Wood County, Billman, herself a Navy veteran, had the opportunity to meet veterans in her county.

“Aviation electronics technician. I worked on the electronics on airplanes. I was in the navy from 1992 to 1994,” she says.

She comes in to tackle problems that older veterans face and a new generation of veterans as well.

“These men and women deserve what we get them. They put their life on hold just to make sure we could do what we want to do. I have many veterans in my family, so I have a passion for these people. They deserve what we can get them. I wanted to serve the community in some way. Veterans are near and dear to my heart,” Christi says.

She went through an extensive screening process before being selected for the job.

“Lots of great qualified applicants, but at the end of the day, Christi’s background was very unique in that she had a multi-disciplinary background, and was a navy veteran,” says Wood County Judge Lucy Hebron.

She’ll be helping veterans with everything from assistance programs, to getting help for those suffering PTSD.

“PTSD, all those things, we have resources available that we can get them to the right people. There’s lots of programs out there they probably don’t even know about. Getting them their benefits through the VA. We also can help them get enrolled in VA hospital health care,” Billman says.

Continuing her service, by serving fellow veterans.

“If you’re having a hard time with food, or getting to VA appointments, we can help you,” says Christi.

Billman will be available to assist veterans and their families Monday through Wednesdays.

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