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.

 

 

Joe Torres

VRC Navigator

 

Joe is Texas Panhandle native and graduated high school in Bovina, Texas (population 1,874). He joined the United States Marine Corps and served 8 years achieving the rank of Sergeant (E-5). He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from West Texas A&M University with a BA in Criminal Justice.

 

He is the father of three boys and a girl. He joined the VRC in January of 2016.

 

 

Randy Willmon

VRC Navigator

 

Randy is an Amarillo Native; he graduated in 1990 from Tascosa High School, and then moved to Houston to attend the Houston Bible Institute. After completing the course of study, he decided to not become ordained, and to move a different direction.

 

Randy joined the U.S. Army in 1995 and spent 20 years in service. He served as a Cavalry Scout, Team leader, Section SGT, Senior Scout, Platoon SGT, Drill SGT, Division Level Operations NCOIC, and Adviser to U.S. and foreign nation Combat Arms units. Randy served in the 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, and deployed 4 times in support of Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

 

Randy has been awarded the Bronze Star, as well as many other service medals. After Randy left the service he connected with the Veterans Resource Center and became a volunteer. Randy received many different training courses, including Mental Health First Aid, Bring Everyone Into the Zone, and Military Peer to Peer. Having this training, along with Randy’s strong desire to continue to serve our Veterans, led him to  working for our partner organization Vetstar as a Case Manager for homeless veterans. Randy worked at VetStar fo a year, and then in January 2018 he joined the VRC as a Veteran Resource Center Navigator.