First Sergeant Rush Edward Nash, JR.
First Sergeant Nash Jr., Jonesboro, U.S. Army, Viet Nam and Desert Storm. Awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. 1SG Nash’s management and mentoring skills stimulated the morale of his soldiers which developed motivation and greater productivity for his unit.
First sergeant Nash is a two-time combat veteran, he served with “boots on the ground” in Vietnam assigned to an army unit while he was in the Air Force. He also served in Desert Storm while in the Army and was injured when his helicopter crashed and sent him to the hospital his injuries were severe enough to mandate retirement. After retirement he has looked for opportunities to assist veterans throughout Northeast Arkansas. He has provided for veterans from his own pocket and supported many veteran organizations. First Sergeant Nash agreed to serve on the committee to develop the Veteran’s Court in the Second Judicial District and then as a volunteer coordinator for mentors. He had to recruit veterans, went to national training at his own expense, and worked with the court weekly to assist Veterans. As part of his disabled American Veterans commitment, First Sergeant Nash sought funding to support the hospice program in Northeast Arkansas. This funding is provided with statues appropriate to a Veteran’s service and certificate in a presentation to the Veteran and family this program has been expanded to veterans that are on home hospice. First Sergeant Nash has encouraged the Masonic Lodge to support local veterans by volunteering and supporting a Veteran’s Day room at Arkansas State University with monthly coffee service and snacks.
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