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Veterans cemetery director retires
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Richard Dunlop, director of the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, is retiring effective Nov 1. A veteran of the Vietnam War and an Army retiree, Dunlop has worked for the State Department of Veterans Service for more than 14 years.
He began his SDVS career in 1996 as the assistant manager at the Savannah Veteran Field Service Office. Dunlop was promoted to office manager in 1999, overseeing operations in Statesboro. In 2004, he was promoted to the same position for the Glennville VFSO.
In October 2006, Dunlop was named director of the new Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville. He oversaw a five-person team that was responsible for administrative work, grounds maintenance and burial services.
 “He’s been on-site since day one. Richard has done a tremendous job in overseeing cemetery operations and events, from the ground-breaking through the dedication ceremonies and the several hundred burial services since,” said Dan Holtz, State Department of Veterans Service assistant commissioner for administration, health and memorials.
Dunlop retired as a first sergeant from Fort Stewart in 1995 after 23 years of military service. He is a member of the VFW and has served in numerous positions over the years, including his current position of VFW 7th District senior vice commander. He is a member of The Military Order of the Cootie, which is an honor degree of the VFW that assists hospitalized veterans. He currently is the grand commander for the state. Dunlop is a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, First Calvary Association and the VFW National Home for Children. He and his wife Staci live in Hinesville.
“I would like to thank everyone within the Department of Veterans Service for making these past 14 years a pleasure, especially my supervisors who have always supported and trusted me to do the job of assisting veterans,” Dunlop said. “I can think of no other job that I could have that would pay me, a military retiree and disabled veteran, to do the work I most enjoy — that of assisting the military veterans and their families get the benefits they have earned through their sacrifice for this country.”

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