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 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 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
Keith is chairman of the board of directors, at the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Centre. He joined the board in 2015 as a member of the house committee and later was a member of the finance committee. In 2017 he was elected as chairman of the board and is responsible to conduct weekly meetings that establish the guidelines for monetary allocations as well as to determine entrance requirements for occupancy into the Hutton House or the Rotary House.
Keith attended Howard University in Washington DC where he played football and completed basic and advanced ROTC. He has a BA degree in Social Sciences.
In 1969 he was commissioned second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch of the United States Army. Keith completed Airborne and Ranger school and then joined the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Pathfinder school prior to spending a year in Korea. Keith was promoted to Captain and was assigned to the Armor school at Fort Knox Ky, in the command and staff department where he was subject matter expert of the tank platoon in defense and delay.
In 1977 Keith became a supervisor of manufacturing for General Motors Corporation. He was promoted to general supervisor and then superintendent of manufacturing responsible for the torque converter production business team. He retired after 30 years service.
Amy Johnston, Secretary/Treasurer
Amy 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 joined the VWHRC Board of Directors in 2015. During Donna’s
33-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency, she was afforded the opportunity to serve with veterans both in a domestic and international capacity. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Strayer University in Virginia.
Scott McMorrow, Employment Outreach
Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Welcome
Home and Resource Center. Scott has been with the center since 2015, and has been assisting veterans with employment opportunities. Scott is a United States Marine Corps veteran of Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
Scott is originally from Massachusetts, and currently resides in Longs, SC with his wife Christine.
John is a member of the Veterans Welcome Home Board of Directors.He serves as a mentor and liaison person for any Veteran who wishes to begin or continue in higher education or future training to improve their current economic situation. He graduated from Fresno State College with a degree in History and Physical Education. He served with the US Peace Corps as an RCD Volunteer in Turkey from l964-66 then as a RCD TESL Volunteer in Ponape, Eastern Caroline Islands from l966-68. Later, he received his MA and PhD in Middle East History from The Ohio State University . He served as a US Navy PACE officer teaching history on the USS Belleau Wood, LHA3 in the summer of 2004. John retired from full time college / university History teaching in 2013.
Edith Shields joined the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a retired probation professional having worked 31 years for the Westchester County Department of Probation, as a Probation Officer and Supervisor in both the Family Court and Criminal Court Divisions. Mrs. Shields has experience in the areas of Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues. She has served on Professional and Local Civic Boards, managed grant programs, served on professional committees, presented at local, state, and national forums and was a certified instructor and instructor evaluator for the Probation Department.
Mrs. Shields has a Bachelors Degree in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Long Island University.