Purple Heart recipient gets state board nod

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, April 25, 2019

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            Molt resident Casey Jourdan was injured in combat service in 2004.

Molt resident Casey Jourdan has been appointed to the state Veterans’ Affairs Board by Gov. Steve Bullock.

Jourdan is well-qualified for the board.

In addition to being a District Region 4 veteran and owner of Boss Lady Central, Jourdan is a combat veteran who served six years with the Montana Army National Guard military police. Deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2004, Jourdan received a Purple Heart after being wounded in an IED blast on April 13, 2004.

She served for two more years after being injured, despite sustaining joint and nerve damage in her left shoulder, elbow and wrist, in addition to a traumatic brain injury. She was later diagnosed with PTSD.

The Bozeman native moved to Billings about 10 years ago to finish school at MSU-Billings. Five years ago, she moved to Molt with her husband, where she runs a small business called Boss Lady Central, which helps people start their own online businesses.

“After we got married, we started shopping and found a perfect spot for us and our two dogs just outside of Molt, on 20 acres,” Jourdan told the News last week.

ABOUT THE BOARD OF VETERAN’S AFFAIRS

The Montana Board of Veterans’ Affairs has the goal of informing as many people as possible about the assistance available to veterans, and to also help provide that assistance, which is free. That board estimates that there are approximately 108,000 veterans in Montana.

Some programs available involve healthcare, service-connected disability compensation, pension, education/ training, burial and survivor benefits, employment services, vehicle registration waivers, property tax waivers home and business loans.

“I feel it’s important to help serve our veterans because so many don’t have someone to stand up for them or help them navigate the VA systems,” said Jourdan. “Also as a younger female combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient, I find I often have a unique and much needed perspective to bring to veterans issues.”

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