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Jerry Godwin Featured in “Still Serving” Videotop

Photo: Jerry Godwin

A still from the U.S. Veterans Administration video, “Still Serving", featuring Jerry Godwin from the Department of Economic Development.

Jerry Godwin works for the Department of Economic Development where he is the manager of the Silver Spring and Wheaton Business innovation centers.  Before recently separating from the Armed Forces, he served in the Maryland Army National Guard as an aviator.  Since 1991, he has been activated several times overseas, including a deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom for which he received a Bronze Star Medal for his combat service. His unit was also activated during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998 in Central America.

The U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) recently featured Godwin in a 13-minute video as part of their series called, “Still Serving.”  He is profiled on the video for his service to his country – first in the Army where he served four years, then later, at age 26, when he re-enlisted in the Maryland National Guard as an Aviation Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot.  The video has been playing in more than 300 VA hospitals and facilities nationwide and is also looping on the Pentagon Cable Channel. 

“I was honored that the VA chose me and my story to profile on this video,” said Godwin.  “It was also a good opportunity to talk about the work of the County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs and the work it does to ensure that our County is one of the best places for veterans returning to civilian life.  As chair of the commission, I was able to relay many of the initiatives we have put in place to help returning veterans. Over the past year, we have been able to get more than 65 homeless vets off the streets and into housing.”

To view the “Still Serving” video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4gFzV6VZG8.




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Last edited: 7/31/2013