Chapter 388 President Spencer Honored

VVA Chapter 388 President Tom Spencer was named September Veteran of the Month by the Nevada Department of Veteran Services (NVDS). Jim Forbus, a supporter of Honor Flight Nevada, was named Veteran Supporter of the Month.

“These two gentlemen honored today are the epitome of men who dedicated themselves for serving our veterans,” said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in a ceremony at the State Archives and Library Building in Carson City. Sandoval called the men “angels amongst us. When veterans come up and serve their country, they are willing to make that ultimate sacrifice. Once they end their service, they continue to serve.”

Spencer served two tours with the U.S. Army’s 359th Transportation Co., hauling fuel in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, facing 13 ambushes with his company. In the decades that followed, he stayed involved by helping fellow veterans navigate their lives.
Spencer has been active with Honor Flight Nevada and the United Veterans Legislative Council, as well as numerous veterans’ initiatives and events such as Take Me Home Huey, a traveling multimedia project designed to increase awareness of PTSD. He was recently re-elected as president of Chapter 388 in Carson City.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony, and gave Spencer a standing ovation after he received a certificate and coin from NDVS. “I was really surprised I was selected,” Spencer told the Nevada Appeal. “It’s been a real honor.”

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