Veterans Park dedicated to John Brehm

John Brehm being honored by John Hilgert, Director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs

A large crowd gathered on the west side of the Scotts Bluff County Administration building in Gering Tuesday as the small Veterans park there was dedicated to Veterans Service Officer John Brehm, who has served the needs of panhandle veterans for four decades.

John Hilgert, Director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, was one of the dignitaries on hand to honor Brehm for his years of service. Hilgert told KNEB News that Brehm has served literally thousands of veterans on his watch.

Hilgert said it's not only great for Scotts Bluff County, but also for Banner County, which he also serves. He says Brehm has also been a mentor for other Veterans Service Officers. Hilgert said Brehms reach includes all of the veterans and family members that have gone through the Western Nebraska Veterans Home over the past 40 years. Hilgert says Brehm has treated every one of them as if they were a next door neighbor.

Terrytown Mayor Kent Greenwalt was joined by Gering Mayor Ed Mayo and Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger as Greenwalt read a proclamation from the three communities honoring Brehm for his continuing service.

After the memorial bearing his name was unveiled, a totally surprised Brehm humbly told the crowd it feels good that people would think this much of him. He said as a disabled veteran himself, he has always had a desire to help veterans get the services they need and deserve.

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