A special ceremony where Navy Veteran Donna Kay Leeand volunteer Chere Pedersen were
recognized for their service and support of Nevada’s veterans.
Lee was named Veteran of the Month while Pedersen was named Veteran Supporter of the Month on Friday, December 15, 2017 in the lobby of The Grant Sawyer Building is located at 555 East Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.
Lee served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. She is currently a female mentor coordinator for the Veterans Treatment Courts in Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. She helps guide veterans to resources available for housing, employment and health care. She also assists veterans in obtaining the necessary records required to receive VA services and benefits. Lee’s help includes police officers who are also veterans now serving in the Las Vegas Metro Police Department as well as military personnel transitioning into civilian life. Additionally, Lee works directly with elderly veterans who may be victims of elder abuse. She is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Nevada Women Veterans and Nevada Veterans Council. She started the nonprofit organization, Mentors for Veterans and provides informational briefings about the Veterans Treatment Court programs to community service organizations, church groups and civic organizations.
Pederson also has a lengthy list of selfless service to military members and veterans. She is a past President of the Blue Star Mothers and is currently President for the American War Mothers. She has served or is currently serving on several boards and advisory committees including; 22 Warrior Foundation, Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee, Advisory Board for Brain Health Warriors and the Veterans Council. She is also a representative with the VA’s Voluntary Service at the Vet Center for PTDS counseling in Henderson. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer, team leader for the USO and has been a regular at Stand Downs helping distribute clothing and other essentials to homeless veterans. Pedersen marches in parades, attends ceremonies as well as delivered donated furniture to homeless veterans. She has always believed in being a positive voice for military family members and enjoys learning through her work with many local veteran service organizations.
The Veteran of the Month and Veteran Supporter of the Month were established to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in volunteer work in support of veterans and the military.