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Victoria County Veterans Services Officer Receives Texas Veterans Commission Award | Premium

The Victoria County Veterans Services Officer received an award from the Texas Veterans Commission for his work serving area veterans.

On Monday, Victoria County commissioners applauded Eva Painter by presenting her with the commission’s 2019 Veterans Team Impact award. The award presentation was a great opportunity for the court to recognize someone in the county “who really shines in their role,” County Judge Ben Zeller said.

The award is given to those who go beyond the normal scope of responsibility to improve services for veterans, Zeller said. Painter was rewarded in large part for her efforts in implementing new software that has helped local veterans receive their benefits faster.

“I felt it was well deserved and very appropriate that Eva be recognized for this,” Zeller said.

Commissioner Danny Garcia agreed.

“She goes above and beyond,” he said.

The county hired Painter, a U.S. Army veteran and Victoria native, as the county’s veterans service officer in 2017. She said after Monday’s meeting, she was honored to have received the award.

“Any time there’s a new system or process that we can start using in our program to help veterans, whether it’s helping them get benefits faster or streamlining the help, we’ll try that,” Painter said.

Painter also thanked Texas Veterans Commission Representative Lee Bowman for his efforts in Victoria County.

“I have a great team,” she said. “We work well together, and I think the award shows we did a great job.”

Also on Monday, the court heard updates on several ongoing projects, including the commissioners’ courtroom renovation project.

John Johnston, the county engineer, said progress continues on the new courtroom. There was a slight delay due to the time it took to address a vertical beam that was in the space, which if left would have blocked part of the audience’s view into the auditorium. hearing renovated.

The column was removed in July, Johnston said, freeing up space for the contractor to complete the work.

The target completion date for the project is late August, Johnston said.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, [email protected] or on Twitter.