Gov. Mike Beebe announced appointments today to a Yellow Ribbon Task Force to work on helping veterans return to civilian life from the war in Iraq.
Among the appointees, Janet M. Huckabee, the former first lady, who was recently honored by the Beebe administration by having her name stripped from the entrance doorway to the Governor's Mansion Grand Hall.
A little makeup, maybe? Or maybe not. Huckabee wanted to serve on the panel, a Beebe spokesman said. Her job at the Red Cross is to work on services for military families.
BEEBE NEWS RELEASE
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Mike Beebe today announced the 19 Arkansans who will comprise the Arkansas Yellow Ribbon Task Force. The Task Force will focus on addressing issues faced by veterans returning from deployment overseas and aging veterans with increasing health needs.
"These volunteers recognize that while we’ve gotten better at coordinating the services our men and women in uniform need, there is still more to be done," Beebe said. "By sitting down together, members of this Task Force will share their specialties and ideas to identify ways that we can better serve all our veterans."
The members of the Arkansas Yellow Ribbon Task Force are the following:
--- George Westmoreland (Chairman), Rogers, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army
--- Senator David Bisbee, Rogers, veteran
--- Bob Burns, Magnolia, Farmer Bank and Trust, veteran
--- Representative David Cook, Williford, veteran
--- Kim Dixon, Prairie Grove, military wife
--- David Fletcher, Monette, director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
--- Janet Huckabee, North Little Rock, American Red Cross Arkansas Program Manager for Services to Military Families
--- Theotis King, Little Rock, elder, McAlmont Church of Christ, veteran
--- Dr. Joann Kirchner, Heber Springs, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
--- Colonel Nate McGee (Ret.), Hensley, former Army National Guard Deputy Chief of Logistics
--- Major General Don Morrow (Ret.), Little Rock, Executive Director of Employer Support for Guard and Reserve
--- Representative Bobby Pierce, Sheridan, former Arkansas National Guardsman
--- Cheryl Rawls, North Little Rock, director of VA Regional Office
--- Andrea Rockefeller-Hobbs, Little Rock, Arkansas Chapter President of Operation Homefront
--- Paige Smith, Fayetteville, president of Families Readiness Group – 142nd Fires Brigade
--- Representative Randy Stewart, Kirby, veteran
--- Chris Sultemeier, Rogers, Wal-Mart, veteran
--- Mike Winn, Bryant, director of the Little Rock VA Medical Center
--- Major General William Wofford, Conway, Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard
Governor Beebe's office has coordinated with Congressman John Boozman's office in developing the Arkansas Yellow Ribbon Task Force to coordinate services and outreach groups assisting Arkansas military personnel. Representatives from Arkansas state agencies and higher-education institutions will also work with the Task Force.
The first meeting of the Task Force will be Tuesday, July 29, at the State Capitol