Area Navy veteran advocates for other vets

By | November 11, 2020

Mary Jo Pine poses for a picture at the St. Cloud Stand Down Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in St. Cloud.

Mary Jo Pine’s motivations to join the Navy, and her work after it, are the same: education.

Veterans in need of help have a bundle of area and national programs and organizations designed to assist in many ways. Pine’s goal is to make sure veterans know about them.

Pine was named 2020 Veteran of the Year by HomeFront Resource Center, an area non-profit serving veterans, service members and families. Still, Pine doesn’t think she’s anything special.

She works at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System but also helps directly and indirectly with a laundry list of organizations aimed at supporting veterans. She is quick to point toward the work of others, and of the whole.

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