David West of Nevada County, California was elected Wednesday, June 7th, 2023 to the Executive Board of the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO) at their Annual Business Meeting and Training Summit.
West assists veterans and their families from across Nevada County by helping them get access to the VA services and benefits they deserve. He prepares veteran claims for service-connected disabilities and helps surviving spouses with matters related to their VA benefits. As a member of the E-Board, West will be working with the President and other Executive Board members to advance the priorities of the VA-chartered Veteran Service Organization.
Along with serving veterans and their families, West is also veteran; he served in the Marine Corps from 1996 to 2001.
“I am excited to have been selected to help lead this organization who so diligently represents the dedicated advocates that serve our nations veterans.” West enjoys serving as a County Veterans Service Officer and sees this as a way to continue his service to fellow brothers and sisters who also served in the military.
Since 1989, NACVSO has advocated for government policies that serve veterans and supported the nation’s approximately 1,800 county veterans service officers. CVSOs are local government employees responsible for helping veterans and their families in their communities access their benefits. CVSOs can help advocate for veterans and their families with the VA, connect them to state and local resources and identify gaps in policies that serve the veterans in their communities.
Earlier in the week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs the Honorable Denis McDonough spoke at the conference with a keynote address highlighting the importance of the relationship of NACVSO with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The conference ended Thursday with a closing keynote address from Kimberly Mitchell, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) Liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
ABOUT NACVSO: The National Association of County Veterans Service Officers is the national advocacy organization for the nation’s approximately 1,800 CVSOs, local government employees who aggressively pursue all benefits for veterans and eligible family members in their local communities. NACVSO supports CVSOs through education, training and advocacy programs. Established in 1989 by VSOs from eight states, including Minnesota, who saw the need for a national association to provide education, training and advocacy, NACVSO held its first Annual Training Conference in 1991.