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Veterans services officer introduced

Jacob Turner1 / 2
Rhonda Fuchs2 / 2

Once a combat engineer in the U.S. Army, Jacob Turner now serves as Douglas County's new veterans services officer.

As a U.S. Army specialist, Turner completed two tours in Afghanistan and received numerous medals and commendations. He holds an associates degree in fire science from Kaplan University.

"My goal is to assist the veterans of Douglas County with assessing benefits and programs that help them and their families," Turner said in a news release. "As the Douglas County veterans services officer, I will strive to continually meet this goal to the best of my ability."

He was introduced to the Douglas County commissioners at the County Board meeting Tuesday, April 17.

Assisting Turner in the Douglas County Veterans Service Office is Rhonda Fuchs.

Fuchs served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Shasta AE-33 as a petty officer third class. She also holds a degree in business office technology administrative assistant from Manchester Community College.

"I enjoy working with veterans and their family members as they come into the Douglas County Veterans Service Office," Fuchs said in the news release. "I find it an honor and a privilege in assisting and guiding them through the process of programs, benefits and claims that they seek for themselves and their families."

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved Turner's appointment at the April 3 board meeting, and his official start date was the next day. Fuchs was hired earlier this year, and officially started on Feb. 2.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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