NEBRASKA CITY - Otoe County Veterans Service Officer Chad Miller honored Mary Gimenez as the veteran of the month for June.

The 1985 graduate of Auburn High School earned an associates degree from the College of the Air Force in 1987, a bachelor’s degree in medical technology in west Florida and served in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years.

She was an inventory specialist serving in Iraq and gulf wars and was commended for her role in evacuating a Turkish girl for emergency medical treatment.

She is a volunteer DAV van driver in Otoe County, which Miller called crucial for helping veterans get to medical appointments.