William Edson is the Executive Director of Montachusetts Veterans Outreach Center; 268 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440 http://www.veterans-outreach.org/
Mr. Edson currently works as the Executive Director of the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center. The MVOC is a private non-profit organization that provides a wide-range of services to all veterans regardless of when, where, and how long they served. Such services include program-based and low-income housing, wellness and mental health counseling, VA benefits counseling, personal case management, food pantry, and medical transportation. Montachusetts Veterans Outreach Center has outreach center locations in Gardner and Winchendon and is available to serve all veterans in North Central Massachusetts, the Monadnock Region of NH, and beyond.
Bill is a military veteran and has served more than 23 years in the Active Army, Army Reserves, and Vermont Army National Guard.
His military service featured several rapid-deployment mobilizations and significant contributions to the Army’s medical mission. His career was highlighted as a member of the development team for the very first Forward Airborne Surgical Team (FAST) in 1987, as the Non Commissioned Officer In Charge of the US Army Reserve’s only 91 D Operating Room Specialist Course in the 1990’s, and a lengthy and challenging combat tour in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq in 2005-2006 where he was a Senior Medical Non Commissioned Officer of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team assigned in and around the city of Ramadi.
During his time in combat, SFC Edson led his platoon of 54 combat medics as they provided emergency and clinical medical care for over 900 American and Iraqi troops, civilians, and enemy combatants. He and his medical unit participated in nearly 5,700 combat-related missions in support of US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy Seals, and other government agencies.
Bill has received dozens of awards and citations for dedicated military service to his Country and State. His meritorious efforts in Iraq resulted in having received many awards that included the National Defense Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Medical Badge, and the Bronze Star Medal.