56°F
weather icon Clear

Pahrump area veterans event draws large crowd

It was a first-time event for area veterans, courtesy of Assemblyman James Oscarson.

The inaugural Veterans Extravaganza at the Bob Ruud Community Center on June 2 in Pahrump attracted scores of local veterans from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event was billed as an “information outlet,” for veterans and their families.

Pahrump resident Bill Dolan said he and a fellow veteran were tasked to help organize the event.

“Myself and Dr. Tom Waters were asked by Assemblyman Oscarson to put a group of veterans together to advise him on veteran-related issues,” Dolan said. “From that, was born the Veterans Extravaganza. There were numerous agencies and organizations on hand to provide information to veterans and their families.”

Dolan said the four-hour event provided important information for veterans and surviving family members of veterans.

“I feel that it was a great event and well-attended,” he said. “The veterans and their families who attended, were all very pleased with it, as well as the agencies and organizations who came together to provide information on what their organization or their company could do for our local veterans. There were upward of 30 different agencies who agreed to attend.”

Dolan also said that though he’s not sure of the exact count of veterans who turned out for the event, he did say the number exceeded his expectations.

“I don’t know the final number, but probably we had over 125 veterans who attended the event,” he said. “We have a very large veteran population here in Nye County. There were a tremendous amount of people who pitched in and helped to organize this event. Myself and Dr. Tom Waters, were obviously there as well as Cles Saunders, who did a fantastic job and a lot of legwork to make it happen.”

Additionally, Dolan gave kudos to the local Disabled American Veterans Association, who also provided support on various fronts at the event.

“I do have to point out that the ladies and gentlemen of the DAV, took it upon themselves to do all of the food and the check-in of the veterans,” he said. “I know there are people that I am forgetting, but there was just so many people. Reggie Knight, Catherine Longhouser (both local veterans) and our former Nye County Commissioner, Frank Carbone, was there all day. Frank did a tremendous amount of work as well.”

Judging from the turnout, Dolan said that it’s quite possible the event may return again in the future.

“I can’t say with 100 percent confidence that it will happen again, but we are going to do what we call an ‘after-action’ report, where the committee gets together to discuss the pros and the cons of the event and how we could make the event even better,” he said.

“Without saying 100 percent, I am 95 percent sure that we will do it at least annually,” Dolan said. “This was truly a team effort with all branches of service. We had the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps veterans on the committee. We all worked well together and it was just a pleasure to be a part of this.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pahrump butterfly release a tribute to lives lost

One hundred live butterflies were released during the annual Nathan Adelson Hospice butterfly release at the Calvada Eye this past Sunday.

Officials seek funds for new convention center as part of Pahrump Fairgrounds development

Nye County and the town of Pahrump have been making steady strides in the last few years toward developing the Pahrump Fairgrounds and Tim Sutton, manager for both the town and county, outlined all that has been accomplished at the site and what’s still to come in the future.

Greenlink opponents fear it will open ‘Pandora’s box’

Many are expressing economic and environmental concerns about the instrusive power project that will run transmission lines through Beatty and other parts of Nye County.

 
‘We want to know what’s out there’: Pentagon officials testify in UFO hearing

Pentagon officials testified Tuesday that the number of reports of unexplained aerial phenomena has increased, but there has been no evidence found to indicate the activity is from otherworldly aliens. Nye County has long been a hotspot for UFO sightings.

Meet Pahrump’s new librarian

It’s been nearly one year since the Pahrump Community Library has had a permanent library director but the search for a new leader is now at an end, with Vanja Anderson officially accepting an employment offer from the Pahrump Library Board of Trustees this month

How you can support local veterans

Pahrump community challenged to provide free meals for vets at upcoming Rib Extravaganza.

Burn ban begins May 23

The burn moratorium will continue until late fall and will not be lifted until temperatures are consistently below 90 degrees, which generally occurs in mid-to-late October.