Robert McBride, the Nolan County Veterans Service Officer, was recognized as the recipient for the Outstanding Veterans Service Officer of the Year during the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, October 8, 2012.
In two years, McBride has gone from being the newest Veterans Service Officer in the entire state to becoming the first accredited Veterans Service Officer in the history of Nolan County. He was presented with a plaque during his fall training conference, which recently took place.
The plaque acknowledges McBride, who represents Nolan County within the West Texas Region, as the recipient of the Outstanding Officer of the Year Award for 2011-2012, "in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement to the Veterans of the State of Texas."
The honor was bestowed upon McBride during the 65th annual conference of the Veterans County Service Officers' Association of Texas, which was held on September 18, 2012 in Dallas.
At the local meeting, McBride offered his thanks to a variety of people and institutions: the Texas Veterans Commission for their training, the Nolan County Commissioners Court for the opportunity to update and run the office at his discretion, the Taylor County Veterans Service Office for their mentorship and his secretary, Marie Torrez, for her punctual reminders and other work.
Additionally, he thanked the local media outlets, the Sweetwater Reporter and KXOX Radio, for their assistance in getting the word out on information, as well as a variety of organizations for the opportunity to speak at their functions.
"Most importantly," said McBride, "I would like to thank the Veterans and surviving spouses that have come in or called. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you and I hope that I can continue to do so for many years to come."
McBride reflects on a saying he heard from an Army Command Sergeant Major he knew--“It is what it is but it ain’t what it should be”--and remembers his first thoughts on the statement.
"I thought he meant we should just accept what cards we are dealt from the deck and see how they play out," McBride admits, but later on he says he took it as a challenge to improve each situation.
"Each Veteran or surviving spouse that I serve presents me a new challenge, but my mission remains clear," McBride said, "and that is to ensure that Veterans and their families receive all the rights and entitlements provided them by Federal and State Law."