Kevin Edwards appointed as Nevada County Veterans’ Services Officer
At the most recent Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting the board designated Kevin Edwards as the County Veterans’ Services Officer, effective April 25.
“This designation is important to our veteran population, as the local Veterans Office is nearly always the first step for a veteran to find information or services,” County CEO Rich Haffey wrote in the county’s weekly memo. “This has been the case since the veterans’ service office system was created more than 65 years ago to serve and support veterans.”
Edwards has the responsibility for planning, supervising and administering the programs and operations of the County’s Veterans’ Office, while overseeing and participating in securing the rights and benefits for veterans, dependents and beneficiaries in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and program guidelines, the memo states. Duties also include coordinating veterans’ programing with other county programs, outside agencies and public and private organizations.
A native of Kissimmee, Florida, Kevin Edwards enlisted in the United States Navy in 1990 at the age of 17. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command and Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida, he reported to his first tour of duty with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 in Patuxent River, Maryland. His fleet assignments included Attack Squadron 35 and Helicopter Support Squadron 8. He completed three deployments in the Mediterranean serving aboard the USS Saratoga, the USS Detroit, and the USS Supply.
As a Naval Aircrewman, Kevin flew as a Crew Chief in the H-46 Sea Knight providing vertical replenishment to ships at sea. After his tour as a Crew Chief, he transitioned to fixed wing aircraft and became qualified as a Flight Engineer in the E-6B, the Navy’s largest aircraft, providing a vital communications link to the National Command Authority and the nuclear triad.
Kevin holds an Associates of Science Degree and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally he is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and has earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman, and Master Training Specialist designations.
His decorations include the Air Medal (Flight/Strike), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
After 20 years of active duty service, Kevin retired in 2010 at the rank of US Navy Senior Chief to spend more time with his family. Kevin currently lives in Grass Valley with his wife (also a Navy Veteran), and their two daughters who attend school in the Grass Valley area.
Initial priorities as the new VSO for Nevada County include expanding the VSO volunteer corps for both increasing office support and deepening the driver pool for transporting veteran to their local medical appointments; fully utilizing the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing voucher system for homeless veterans; and securing timely and personal service to all veterans who visit the VSO office.
For further information about Veteran Services you can contact Kevin Edwards directly at (530) 265-1446 or stop by the Veterans Service Office at 988 McCourtney Road, Grass valley, CA, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Tax season is over
Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services wrapped up its fourth consecutive year of offering free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. The Child Support Department serving Nevada and Sierra counties, located at the Rood Administration Building in Nevada City, offered free tax preparation services for Nevada County residents.
The Child Support Department, in collaboration with Dial 211, the Department of Social Services, and the local AARP Foundation offered this free service in an effort to bring awareness of the Federal and California State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to our community. EITC is an income tax credit for workers who do not earn a high income and who meet certain eligibility requirements; the Federal EITC credit ranges from $2 to $6,143 and the CA EITC credit ranges from $2 to $2,653.
Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services assisted 157 customers in completing tax returns for the 2015 tax year; and was able to assist several customers in filing amended or past years returns. The total dollar amount of state refunds was $34,810 and federal refunds $114,647.
Sharon Hicks and Mechelle Morgan were the tax preparers who were trained by tax professionals, passed an audit by the IRS and provided excellent customer service to local residents who needed help in the daunting task of preparing and filing their tax returns. Sue Piscatella reviewed and approved the tax returns before submission to the IRS and FTB. Sharon and Mechelle took the residents information, asked follow-up questions to ensure the best possible return, and filed the returns for the local residents and provided them with a copy for their records. All for free.
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