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Chatham's First Veteran Services Officer Ready to Help Veterans

Shane Hutchinson Services 30 Years in the US Navy

Post Date:10/24/2017 12:42 PM

Chatham County announces that Shane Hutchinson, who served 30 years in the U.S. Navy, has started work as the county’s first veteran services officer. He will counsel and educate veterans, their dependents and survivors on potential benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, State of North Carolina and Chatham County resources.

“We are excited to offer these services directly and to have someone of Shane’s capabilities and dedication to fill this role,” said County Manager Renee Paschal. “We felt that veterans in Chatham County deserved more hours of support than what the NC Department of Military & Veterans Affairs could provide with reduced funding. The state-assigned officer was only about to be in Chatham County a few hours a month.”

Hutchinson will work half-time hours and will meet with veterans in both Pittsboro and Siler City. General hours open for appointments are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointment times available for Siler City are first and third Wednesdays of the month from 11 am to 2 pm. Meeting locations are:

  • Pittsboro: 964 East Street, Suite 209, above over the Greek Kouzina restaurant. The facility has an elevator to the second floor offices on the far left side.
  • Siler City: Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road

Other appointment times can be arranged by calling in advance. To make appointments, contact Hutchinson at 919-545-8334, 919-357-4999 (mobile), or shane.hutchinson@chathamnc.org. For specific information on services available, click here. 

Hutchinson said, “I am proud to have served my country for the last 30 years in the United States Navy and look forward to continuing my service to the veterans and families of Chatham County.”

He added, “I’m here to assist veterans and survivors with preparing all applications for an array of benefits. This includes health care, home purchases, education, insurance, disability income, pensions for war-time veterans and burial in national cemeteries. We also will refer veterans to other agencies for specific needs, such as legal, civilian life integration, job placement, and housing.”

Hutchinson, a native of eastern Tennessee, began his U.S. Navy service in 1987 where he developed expertise in recruiting, training and the counseling both new recruits and Navy personnel leaving service. He left the service in July 2017 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank available for enlisted personnel.

Since 2011, Hutchinson had served as director of Navy recruiting operations for two multi-state areas, including the area covering North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. While in the service, Hutchinson earned a Bachelor of Science from Columbia Southern University.

Hutchinson comes to the veteran services position with extensive knowledge of benefits available through the Veterans Administration. Paschal said, “We were especially impressed that Shane had worked with people leaving military service to help them understand benefits available and make a successful transition to the civilian workforce. He also is comfortable speaking with groups across the county about veteran-related issues, which is vital to making sure veterans know his office is open for business. Let him know if you would like him to speak to your group.”