Veteran Resource Center Team

 

 

Verlene Dickson

VRC Director

Verlene S. Dickson was born and raised in Borger, Texas. She enlisted into the United States Army on 30 July 1986 and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.

 

During her 27 years of service, Verlene held numerous positions and retired as a Sergeant Major. Verlene has served in Afghanistan, Korea, Germany, as well as various bases across the United States.

 

Verlene's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal. Army Achievement Medal , Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Develop Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, United Nations Medal, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Valorous Unit Award.

 

Verlene Dickson has been recognized as a recipient of the Distinguished Order of Saint Barbara, Order of Saint Martin Award; Department of the Army Supply Excellence Award for Fiscal Year 1997, nominee of the 2002 NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Native American Indian Special Emphasis Program Chairperson, 2002-2004, Woman of the Year for National Association Of Professional Women, 2013-2014, Quartermaster for VFW Post 430, Canyon Texas.

 

Dan Labogin

Veteran Resource Center Navigator

Danny is a Native of Hawaii; He graduated from high school and joined the military thereafter. Danny served in the U.S. Airforce from 1965-1971. He served as a Medic during Vietnam.He joined the team as a Navigator at the VRC in January, 2018 and has been assisting Veterans with great enthusiasm and respect.

 

 

 

Shyla Dubois

VRC Program Coordinator

She was born in the Texas Panhandle and born with a pioneer spirit to see the unknown. She has since circumnavigated the globe in her travels. Now, though, raising her two rambunctious and vivacious children on the flat plains of Texas is proving to be her greatest adventure yet.

 

Shyla became familiar with military life when she married a United States Marine. She “bloomed where she was planted” as they moved from Camp Pendleton, California to outside of the beltway of the Washington, D.C. area and then to Okinawa, Japan.

 

She had the privilege of working for National Cancer Institute and the United States Army Medical Institute for Infectious Diseases both located at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

 

She worked for a nonprofit assisting wounded Marines and Sailors returning home with wounds seen and unseen from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from West Texas A&M University. To date, she has taken over 40 hours of post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking university-level classes ranging from legal studies to Japanese.

 

She is passionate advocate in our community.

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Loyd

Veteran Resource Center Navigator

Jimmy is a retired Senior Chief.  He served in the Navy for 26 years (1987-2013), and was awarded for 17 Strategic Deterrent Patrol deployments.  A submariner, Jimmy was stationed on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657 Gold), USS Tennessee (SSBN 734 Blue), USS West Virginia (SSBN 736 Gold), and the USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740 Blue); however, he has been to sea on 17 of the US Trident submarines and 2 of the UK’s Trident Submarines.  In addition to the submarine commands he served at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency detachment in Albuquerque (Navy Liaison Office to the Joint Nuclear Weapons Publication System), and 2 tours at Strategic Systems Program arduous sea duty detachment in Cape Canaveral Florida (SP-205).  Campaigns include Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Jimmy was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury while still in the Navy.  After retirement, like many Veterans, he struggled with purpose, drive and focus.  He was introduced to the Boot Campaign.  The Boot Campaign not only brought camaraderie, but treatment, understanding, and a desire to help other Veterans find the resources that they need.  In the military, when we get to the top of the obstacle, we turn around and help the next one up.

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Harrell

Veteran Resource Center Navigator

Benjamin is a native of Hawaii and joined the military right after graduating high school from Hilo High, Hawaii. He left the island paradise and joined the United States Navy and served 5 years achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) with the rate of AD2 (AW) - Aircraft Mechanic - with the Aviation Warfare Insignia. He was initially in an Expeditionary Squadron serving multiple tours in the Middle East. After completing his active duty tour, he went straight into the Navy Reserves serving another 4 years on both the USS Nimitz (CVN- 68) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while simultaneously working for the U.S. Border Patrol. He then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University earning a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in both Psychology and Education. After teaching for an elementary school for 2 years, he joined the VRC in August of 2018.

 

He is the father of two boys and a girl of which two are star basketball players for Caprock High school.