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Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Honors Area Veterans For Military Service

In honor of Veterans Day, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners held a proclamation ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to honor veterans across Sarpy County for their service and to encourage Sarpy residents to remember those who served our country.

Commissioner Angi Burmeister recognized Bellevue University’s Johnny Farnen for his military service during the ceremony. 

Farnen is the Manager of Bellevue University’s Sustainability Learning Lab. Previously, he served in the U.S. Navy for six years. During his time in the Navy, Farnen served as a Gunfire Controlman. 

Commissioner Don Kelly also recognized Peggy Ullom, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and National Development Director for Guitars for Vets. Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center offers services provided by Guitars for Vets — a program that provides free guitar lessons as a therapeutic alternative to veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. Ullom started the Omaha and Lincoln chapters of Guitars for Vets. 

Ullom’s 10-year military career included deployments in support of Operation Deny Flight and Operation Noble Anvil. 

“Sarpy County is home to more than 20,000 veterans, and it’s so important that we recognize the people who served our country so honorably, and served our community, as well,” Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly said during the ceremony. 

For more information, visit the Sarpy County Facebook page here

Thank you to all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).