About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of The Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center is to assist our local military veterans with job placement, filing claims with the Veterans Administration, help those veterans who find themselves in deep financial difficulties, and to shelter those honorably discharged veterans who are homeless.

In order to accomplish these goals we will seek out all available resources within the community, and bring a better awareness to the sacrifices our military veterans have endured to provide safety and security for the United States of America.

About the Center

This Center is a non-profit organization, incorporated in South Carolina. The center is not affiliated with any government agency, including the Veterans Administration. The Center was established for the sole purpose of providing veterans with much needed assistance in learning about and applying for benefits due each individual veteran.

The Center was founded by veterans and others who support veterans and their rights. The Center staff is currently an all volunteer group. A Board of Directors exists to oversee the operations of the Center, as well as, the services provided.

It is important to note that the Director, and everyone who works at The Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center are volunteers who have a deep desire to help those veterans who, for whatever reason, need assistance.

The board and the staff invite all veterans and any other interested parties to stop by and visit the Center. Staff will be available during our normal business hours to provide information and answer questions regarding the center’s work.

Meet the Director

Ronald Wilson

Ron is the Director of The Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, SC. The Center provides job placement services, help with VA claims, financial assistance for those veterans who find themselves in a financial crisis, and is also a shelter for homeless veterans. Ron joined the Center in 2015 as a member of the House Committee, and later the Finance Committee. In early 2017 Ron became a member of the Board of Directors, and with the retirement of the founder, Kris Tourtellote, he became the Director. Ron’s duties are to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Center, and communicate with local citizens and civic organization.

Ron joined the US Army in January 1970, and after basic training, was assigned to the Signal Training Center at Ft Gordon, GA. In March 1971 Ron was sent to Vietnam where he worked in the Force Development office of the 1st Signal Brigade, USASTRATOM. Ron was honorably discharged from the US Army as a Sergeant E-5 in February 1972.

Ron has a BS from Madonna University, a MA from the University of Detroit, and a JD from Michigan State University. Ron is a retired police officer, a retired college professor, and a retired attorney.

Meet the Board of Directors

Carolyn Mishoe

Carolyn is a retired Command Sergeant Major, US Army 1983-2015. CSM served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Carolyn also served 21 years as a Buffalo Police Officer with an additional duty as a diver on the Underwater Recovery Unit. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Police Benevolent Association and the Fallen Officers Memorial Society. Carolyn is married to Mike Mishoe and lives in North Myrtle Beach, SC

Ken Elis

Ken served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era in the Washington DC area, attaining the rank of Specialist 5.  His expertise was finance,  becoming an Accounting Officer and head of Internal Review during the next 25 years. In 1997 Ken retired from civil service, and he and his wife Marg moved to North Carolina. Ken became a member of the Board of Directors in July 2020.

Mark Cannito

Mark joined the Board of Directors in October 2020. Mark served in the US Army from 1983-1986. His first year he served in Korea, where he was deployed to defend the DMZ. When Mark returned home to NY State, he thrived in Retail Management and raised his three boys.  In 2009 he moved to Little River South Carolina with his wife Carrie, where he became an active member of American Legion Post #186 where he currently holds the Position of Chaplain.

Mark is also a member of the American Riders and the Sons of the American Legion.  Mark was able to join the Sons of the American Legion, through his father, who himself was an Army Veteran and served during the Korea War.  With the Sons of the American Legion he has held the positions of Squadron Commander, Adjutant and Membership Chairman.  He has also served at a State Level as a Commander and Adjutant.  In 2017-2018 he served as the Southern Region National Vice Commander and currently holds the position of National Executive Committee Member.  Mark continues to seek opportunities to serve his fellow Veterans.