Galvan speaks veterans’ language
by Bill Clough
May 31, 2013 | 2294 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Roy Galvan is the new Bee County Community Affairs Veterans’ Service Officer.
Bill Clough photo Roy Galvan is the new Bee County Community Affairs Veterans’ Service Officer.
BEEVILLE – Roy Galvan retired as director of environmental services for the Beeville Independent School District on Friday, April 26, and started work as Bee County’s veterans’ service officer the next Monday.

From his office in the old library, Galvan says he brings his experience as a serviceman, a father and an administrator for BISD to the job with the county’s Community Affairs Department.

But what tipped the employment scale in his favor was language.

“The deciding factor was his ability to speak Spanish,” says Precinct 2 County Commissioner Dennis DeWitt. “A lot of the veterans who come in don’t really speak good English, especially their surviving spouses. They feel more comfortable speaking Spanish.”

Galvan, who is 61, also is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He says he brings something else to the job — compassion.

“The process of applying for benefits is unbelievable,” he says. “The VA can take more than 350 days to act on information on a standard form. But these soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, they don’t need to be delayed.”

Galvan says that delays of 90 days are possible with shortcuts he knows, if the VA cooperates.

His main message to veterans: apply for benefits by looking for the right help.

“The doors are open, if you just ask.”

His caring for veterans doesn’t stop there.

“Soldiers who were sent to World War II, Korea and Vietnam,” she says, “they served one tour. But today, we have soldiers being deployed numerous times. They are recycled vets.”

Galvan says he will be good at his new job because “I know how to deal with veterans — they are like my own children.”

His business number is 361-362-3232; his email is

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at
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