Veterans Resource Center

We are a team of passionate dreamers, doers, and changemakers. We pride ourselves on having professional team members who work together to bring healing, provide safety, and deliver hope to the people we serve.

Verlene Dickson

Verlene Dickson

Veteran Resource Center 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.

Jimmy Loyd

Jimmy Loyd

Navigator, Veteran Resource Center

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.

Randy Willmon

Randy Willmon

Veteran Navigator

Randy Willmon was born in Amarillo and graduated from Tascosa High School. He joined the Army in 1995 after attending the Houston Bible Institute. He left service in march of 2015 after 20 years of service. He has held numerous positions in the US Cavalry, from Senior Scout, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, G3 Operations NCOIC, UN Adviser. He has 4 Deployments overseas, Kosovo, Iraq X2, and Afghanistan. Randy’s major awards are the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and many other achievement medals. Randy has also been inducted as a Distinguished Knight in the Order of Saint George.

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