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Whitman County Hires Cody Yearton as County’s First Veterans Service Officer

The Whitman County Commissioners today hired Mr. Cody Yearton of Pullman, as the County’s first Veterans Service Officer (VSO). With this hire, the Commissioners are fulfilling their goal of making sure Veterans get the services and support they are due after having served the Country.

Mr. Yearton, a Veteran, was deemed the most qualified candidate among 12 applicants by a five-member interview panel consisting of Dorothy Sharp and Penny Martinez from the County’s Veterans

Advisory Board, County Auditor Sandy Jamison, Spokane Veterans Services office Director Cathreen Nichols and Commissioner Art Swannack. Mr. Yearton has started online and in-person training to quickly become an accredited Veterans Service Officer. He is concurrently training with the Spokane County Veterans Services Office to learn the day-to-day work of a VSO in an active setting. Spokane County’s Veterans Services Office recently earned a National Association of Counties 2022 Achievement award for their work assisting Veterans.

Whitman County thanks Spokane County for assisting us with training our first VSO. Cody should be fully trained in two months. An accredited Veteran Service Officer is permitted to read confidential military personnel files and medical records in order to better assist Veterans, their family members, and survivors with benefits, claims, appeals, and other assistance they earned through their service to our Country.

“I’m really glad we’ve been able to create and hire a Veterans Service Officer position for Whitman County and to find someone as energetic as Cody,” Commissioner Swannack said. “Our Veterans deserve to receive all the benefits they were promised. We expect the VSO program to be up and running in two months.”

For more information, contact Art Swannack: 509-397-5247 or Mr. Yearton can be reached at his email: