Two local residents on veterans commission |

Two local residents on veterans commission

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Gov. Jim Gibbons recently appointed Sally Wiley of Gardnerville and reappointed Ron Gutzman of Carson City to serve two-year terms on the Nevada Veterans Services Commission.

Wiley, mother of Staff Sgt. Sean Diamond, who was killed in Iraq in February 2009, was born in Winnemucca and has lived in Gardnerville since 2001. She retired from the investment industry.

Wiley is a member of Carson Valley Sertoma, Douglas County Republican Women, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee, Gold Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Blue Star Mothers, and St. Gall Catholic Church.

“My way of honoring Sean is to continue working with the soldiers, their families and the veterans,” Wiley said in a release from the Nevada Office of Veterans Services.

Ron Gutzman, of Carson City, is a 44-year resident of Nevada. He is a Marine Corps veteran and served as an air traffic controller.

His goal as a Veterans Service Commissioner is “to have happy, healthy, and secure veterans,” according to the release.

The Nevada Veterans Services Commission is composed of nine members who advise the governor, Legislature, and directors of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services regarding aid or benefits to veterans.

They each serve a two-year term. Five are appointed by the governor, three as representatives from nationally recognized veterans’ organizations and two from the general public.