EATON — Cole French is the new Preble County Veteran Services Director, effective June 1. Before Terry Pendergraft’s retirement, French had the opportunity to shadow him and even go on the Veteran Services’ Washington D.C. trip in mid-May.
French is from Preble County and graduated from Eaton High School. He joined the army after graduation and served for five years. He recently got out of the army and came across the job posting for Veteran Services Director.
Being a veteran, he thought it was a good opportunity to help fellow veterans in Preble County. He thought it would be a good fit for him and give him a chance to really help people.
According to French, Pendergraft left the organization “in a good spot” and he intends to keep that momentum going.
“[From shadowing Pendergraft] I learned how the office works, runs, and the systems he has in place. A lot of the systems he has are good, so I plan on keeping the same systems,” French said.
“[From the Washington D.C. trip] I’ve learned it really means a lot to the veterans to see the memorials. I’ve also learned that it takes a lot of patience to plan something like this and implement it.”
French had a simple message for the veterans he will be serving in his new position: come in and talk to him with any issues you’re having. He is here to help.
“I am very open, easy guy to talk to. I’m willing to help anybody and everybody. Don’t hesitate to come in for help,” he said.
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