Richard Fletcher was honored Nov. 7 in a courthouse observance that recognized all the men and women who have served the nation and Plumas County in the Armed Forces.
The brief ceremony, held by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, was part of Operation Green Light, a nationwide campaign to let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported.
A Quincy resident, Fletcher served four tours of duty in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was decorated with four Bronze Stars and received multiple service awards.
Fletcher stood before the Board as Chairman Greg Hagwood read a resolution thanking all veterans for “their countless sacrifices for freedom by placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all.”
The courthouse itself will be bathed in green light from Nov. 6 through Nov. 12 as further demonstration of the county’s “great respect, admiration, and utmost gratitude” to all the men and women who served as veterans, Hagwood said.
More than nine percent of Plumas County residents are veterans, Plumas County Veterans Services Officer Bill Cook told the supervisors. In the last year, the two-person office, located in the courthouse annex, has helped local veterans receive more than $500,000 in retroactive disability compensation claims
Fletcher, who lives in Quincy, returned after his military service. He has taken over management of Quincy Real Estate.
Operation Green Light is coordinated by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.
The Quincy office of the Plumas County Veterans Service is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives are available at the Portola Wellness Center on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The Chester Wellness Center hosts Veterans Services on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
For further information, call 530-283-6275, 530-283-6271 or 530-283-6284.