By Tina L. Scott
LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Veterans Services Office is once again staffed with a Veterans Services Officer and an Assistant Veterans Services Officer.
Veterans Services Officer John Olson
At the July 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors, John B. Olson Jr. was officially and unanimously elected as the county’s Veterans Services Officer, even though he had already been hired and was serving this post.
“Prior to being hired for this role, I worked at the Social Security Administration as a Customer Service Representative, RecruitMilitary as a Senior Sales Specialist, and FootLocker Inc. as a Recruitment Supervisor,” Olson said. .
He was also in the United States Marine Corps.
“My military career as a U.S. Marine spanned 26 years, including two and a half years in the Marine Corps Reserve,” he said. “The first third of my (military) career was spent as an infantryman and marine in the security forces. The second third of my career was spent in a variety of roles, including recruiting, unit training coordinator, and instructional and curriculum development specialist. I ended my career working as a staff officer in a recruiting headquarters, where I oversaw training operations and staff development.
“My highest rank was E-7, gunnery sergeant,” Olson said. “I received a commission in 2010 and retired as Chief Warrant Officer 3.”
Olson graduated from Antigo High School with a bachelor’s degree from City University of Seattle and an MBA from UW-Stevens Point.
He is married to his wife, Tracie, and the couple have three children – daughter, Andi, and twin boys, Jared and Benjamin.
“My youngest son is drafted into the US Air Force, and my other son plans to pursue a commission when he graduates,” Olson said.
When he’s not at work, you can find Olson outdoors, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, camping, or “whatever the season brings.”
Assistant Veterans Service Officer Tiffany Daigle
Tiffany Daigle joined the Veterans Services team in June 2022 as an Assistant Veterans Services Officer.
Previously, she worked as a Certified Practical Nurse, Correctional Officer and most recently in Lincoln Hills as an Operations Office Associate.
“I applied to become a deputy to help veterans and their families receive the benefits and care they deserve to serve their country,” Daigle said. “I understand how difficult it is for veterans to receive the care and benefits they need, based on my observations and the experiences of my friends and family. I am passionate and driven to do the best job possible for the county’s veterans and their families.
“My husband, Benjamin Daigle, served in the army from 2005 to 2012 as an infantryman,” she said.
And both grandfathers also served in the armed forces.
“Richard Priewe served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957 as a basic airman, and Raymond Towne served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 as a general’s clerk”, said Daigle.
Daigle’s family is from Rhinelander, but she currently resides in Tomahawk with her husband, Benjamin; three daughters – Hailey and twin daughters, Savannah and Deanna; and their German Shepherd, where they own and operate a beef farm. Daigle’s hobbies include hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, dancing, music festivals, reading books, and playing with his daughters.
Lincoln County Veterans Services Office Mission
“The mission of the County Veterans Services Office (CVSO) is to serve as a liaison between veterans benefits and those who may be entitled to them, acting as advocates to help Lincoln County veterans and their dependents in every possible way. Raising awareness of veterans’ issues within the community and educating the public about the contributions and benefits of veterans is of the utmost importance, alongside service organizations and community leaders; and we will responsibly manage our limited resources and leverage what we have to serve the citizens of our county.
The Lincoln County Veterans Services Office is located in the Courthouse Annex at 801 N. Sales St., Suite 104, Merrill and can be reached at 715-539-1083.