Lingerfelt steps down as veterans service officer

By Kathy Helms-Hughes
STAR STAFF
khelms@starhq.com

   Randy Lingerfelt, Carter County's Veterans Service officer, will be leaving the position he has held for nearly three years to assume the duties of Tennessee Veterans Benefit Representative at VA Medical Center/Mountain Home.
   Lingerfelt's last day in Elizabethton will be July 15. The good news, however, is that he will continue working to assist veterans, but at the state, rather than local level.
   In his new position, Lingerfelt will be training veterans service officers in Erwin, Bristol, Greeneville, Mountain City, Kingsport and Elizabethton.
   "I regret leaving Carter County. It's been very nice. I have had all of the support of the veterans and I love Carter County, but I have to move on," he said.
   Asked to reflect on what he feels is one of his biggest accomplishments since taking the county job in October 2000, Lingerfelt cited an increase in benefits to local veterans.
   "When I started off here, for compensation and pension -- VA benefits -- they were drawing right around $4 million. Now we're over $12 million," he said. "So within a three-year period, I've raised it $8 million.
   "I've really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to still serving veterans. Even though I'll be in Johnson City, I can still serve veterans in Carter County," he said.
   Persons interested in applying for the position of Carter County veteran service officer can drop off their resumes at the office of County Executive Dale Fair, located in the Old Courthouse.
   "The only qualification is that the person be an honorably discharged veteran," Lingerfelt said. A copy of the applicant's discharge paper must accompany their resume.