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Fallon man honored as Veteran of the Month

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Gov. Brian Sandoval, right, presents Tom Considine with a certificate for November Veteran of the Month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval recently recognized Thomas Considine as Nevada's Veteran of the Month for November 2013 during a presentation in at the state capital.

"Mr. Considine's assistance with veteran transitional issues is so meaningful, "said Sandoval. "His contributions have really made a difference and on behalf of the people of the State of Nevada for what he's doing everyday for our veterans and their families."

Considine is a retired Navy chief petty officer and was faced with the challenges of transition and went through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). With the help of other veterans and the knowledge gained through additional related programs, Considine started and manages his own successful business.

As a result of his experiences and in a desire to give back, Considine volunteered his services and guidance for over three years through the TAP program. As a resident of Fallon, NV, Considine contributes his time to other veteran related organizations in the area serving as a guest speaker at organizational TAP events and hosting a local radio show.

"Gov. Sandoval is dedicated to making Nevada the most veteran friendly state in the country," said Director Kat Miller. "That effort not only involves state officials, but our communities as well. Mr. Considine is another example of how Nevada communities come together to support veterans, their families, and their survivors.

The Veteran of the Month program is managed by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services under the direction of Director Katherine Miller. Board members of the Veterans Services Commission review nominations and choose a recipient during quarterly meetings for the following three month period. The public is invited to submit nominees for consideration by the Veterans Services Commission. Guidelines and a nomination application can be downloaded from the NDVS website at http://www.veterans.nv.gov and sent to the NDVS Department in Reno. Candidates for the next quarter will be reviewed for their volunteer service and recipients will be chosen at the next Veterans Services Commission meeting in December 2013.

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With mission-focused employees, NDVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Department program. NDVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada's veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call (866) 630-VETS or visit http://www.veterans.nv.gov.