Chief Honored for Work to Aide Veterans
Boise, Nov. 15, 2011 - Boise's Chief of Police spent his Veteran's day in excellent company - with veterans at the Boise Rescue Mission. The Chief was also honored at the annual Veteran's Day luncheon for his work leading a coalition whose goal is to make the return home of our veterans a safe and healthy one.
Chief Masterson was honored by the Boise Rescue Mission for his work with the Treasure Valley Veterans Resource Network. The network is made up of more than 30 local government, non-profit and community groups who meet regularly to share information, resources and experiences working with local veterans, many of whom are returning home after deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chief Masterson was part of a distinguished group to be honored by the Rescue Mission for their work assisting veterans, including General Alan C. Gayhart of the Idaho Army National Guard and Justice Daniel Eismann of the Idaho Supreme Court and a decorated Vietnam War veteran.
The luncheon also honored the 2011 Veteran of the Year, Bruce Archer, a Vietnam Veteran who, as a search and rescue swimmer is credited with rescuing six downed fliers during the war. Mr. Archer is also a participant in the Veteran's Ministry Program of the Boise Rescue Mission.
"I’m humbled by the recognition because I’ve view my involvement in the Veterans Resource Network as part of my job. But, as I have learned in my discussions with other members of the group, the involvement we dedicate to the issue of working with veterans in crisis goes well beyond our jobs to a commitment that becomes deep and very personal, to help families who have already sacrificed so much in their service to our country." said Chief Masterson.
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