WHO IS THE COORDINATOR OF VETERAN SERVICES?
I am John L. Mustain. I served in the United States Army from 1977 to 1983 (seven years). I served with the 82nd Airborne Division (Echo Company, 505th Infantry, 3rd Brigade). I was a charter member of the Echo Company experiment which established TOW Companies for each Brigade. Although disbanded in the middle 1980s, the Echo Companies provided platoons of TOW missile systems to each Battalion within the Brigade. My platoon was attached to the 2/505th Infantry. While at Ft. Bragg, I was sent TDY to White Sands Missile Range to be a part of the development team for what later became known as the M901 improved TOW vehicle. My career in the 82nd ABN DIV came to a close after a parachute accident that kept me from remaining on jump-status.
In late 1980, I was reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY where I served with the Combat Support Company for the 2/327th Infantry. The CSC had a large TOW platoon. Within a few weeks of my arriving at the 2/327, I was assigned as the Battalion Schools NCO. I only stayed with the 101st ABN DIV for about a year before being selected to be a recruiter.
I attended Recruiting School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN, and upon graduation, was stationed in Louisville, KY with what was then known as the Louisville Recruiting Command.
I separated from the Army in November 1983 and spent the next 21 years preaching and working at various hobbies and interests. I waited nearly 20 years after leaving the Army to apply for my VA Benefits (something I would not recommend anyone doing). I was awarded a Service-Connected disability for injuries received during my parachute accident and other things.
My education. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in both Bible and in Communication. I also hold a Master's of Science in Social Work with Specializations in both Mental Health and Gerontology.
I am passionate about helping veterans. My passion comes from a sense loyalty to my brothers and sisters who served faithfully and a sense of gratitude for all the VA has done for me. Transitioning back into the civilian life is hard and all we have seen and done make it even harder. No one wants to fight alone, and we don't have to because we can still cover each other's six.
I stand ready to help and assist you in anyway.
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