Written by
Bonnie Laiderman, CEO

Rebecca with Florida Governor Rick Scott at the Governor’s Veterans Service Award ceremonyI am proud to announce VetAssist Regional Manager Rebecca Ott, former Air Force medic, as the recipient of the Governor’s Veterans Service Award. Governor Rick Scott of Florida presented Rebecca with the honor. The Governor’s Veterans Service Award honors Floridians who served in the United States military for their selfless service and sacrifice. Rebecca’s commitment to service continues on as she helps our veterans and surviving spouses obtain the little-known VA Aid and Attendance benefit.

Rebecca's Began Her Military Service at Age 19

Rebecca’s military career began at age 19 when she decided to enlist. She told me, “I enlisted to get an education and to travel and most of all, to serve my country.”

Rebecca described her military experience as an adventure, and seeing all she has accomplished, she certainly made the most of it.

Rebecca Ott in 1981 when she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.Rebecca was on active duty in the Air Force in 1981 where she spent time stationed at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany and the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. After 10 years on active duty, Rebecca transferred to the Air National Guard where she spent six years and reached the rank of master sergeant (MSgt). Rebecca went on to attend medical school at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Rebecca credits her training and service in the military for how she learned to challenge herself and become a leader.

I asked Rebecca if she had advice for young women interested in a military career. “Any career field you can imagine they have as a job in the military.  It’s truly an adventure, but like anything else in life, it’s what we make it. I wanted it all – career, family, travel, education – and realized that this was the avenue that could make all those dreams come true.”

Rebecca left the military to take care of her mom, who had Alzheimer’s.

Rebecca meeting with VetAssist client, Mary Ann Harper who is also a military veteran.The military empowered her to be part of something bigger than herself, and to be part of a team. All of her experience gives her an edge as a VetAssist regional manager.

Rebecca Now Works as a Regional Manager with VetAssist

Rebecca’s background helps her easily connect with our VetAssist clients.

Her job with VetAssist involves helping elderly, disabled veterans or their surviving spouses access quality home care and a VA benefit to pay for their care. As a veteran herself, Rebecca understands the needs of our veterans. She works diligently to ensure our VetAssist clients receive the VA Aid and Attendance benefits they deserve.

Rebecca’s extraordinary military career demonstrates a heart of service. Outside of her work as a VetAssist regional manager, Rebecca serves as board member of the 22 Project and volunteers with the Vetsville Cease Fire House in Boynton Beach, two charities supporting local veterans. The Vetsville Cease Fire House was originally established by Lucille Ball and her best friend Chris Noel. The 22 Project funds treatments for veterans who suffer from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Rebecca taking time out to spend with her twin sons before leaving the country on a temporary duty assignment around 1993.While Rebecca has retired from military service, she continues to serve her community honorably.

I wish to congratulate Rebecca on receiving the Governor’s Veterans Service Award and thank her for her service.

Our VetAssist® Program helps veterans and their surviving spouses apply for the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit and access quality in-home care. For more information and to learn about The VetAssist Program, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.