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 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 to 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 (no staff receive any money for any reason). A Board of Directors exists to oversee the operations of the center, as well as, the services provided.

It is important to note that Ron and Amy, 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

Ron Wilson

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

Keith Bacon, Chairman

 

Amy Johnston, Secretary/Treasurer

Amy Johnston is a member of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center, and is also the Office Manager. Amy has been with the Center since 2009, and has been instrumental in every aspect of it. Amy retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995. During her last assignment she served as Transition Officer, Project Nurse Methods Analyst, Health Facilities Project Office, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC. Amy started her service in the Army in 1965 and has served in Vietnam with the 67th Evacuation Hospital and the 28th Combat Hospital, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Amy holds a BSN from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, TX, a MN in nursing administration from Louisiana State University School of Nursing, and a MAHRM from Pepperdine University, Fort Jackson, SC.

 

Donna King

Scott McMorrow, Employment Outreach Volunteer

Doug Wing