After a legacy of service to the community, Charlie Jackson with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs retired after 26 years of service.
Jackson began his work with the Department of Veterans Affairs after 30 years of teaching, coaching and being a sport's official and also after serving four years in the U.S. Navy.
"I have had a good life, made lots of friends and met a lot of people," Jackson said.
Retired Col. Carl Thompson said Jackson is one of the United States heroes.
"He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and in his civilian life he has done more to assist our military veterans than anyone I know," Thompson said. "He has provided assistance to our military veterans here in Webster Parish, but also in Bossier and Caddo Parish, also in parts of the nation. He has become known throughout the nation as being an expert in assisting military veterans. "
Jackson said after retiring on Dec. 20, 2013, he will have more time to spend with his family.
During his time with the Veterans Affairs, Thompson described Jackson's job as assisting veterans and their dependents to obtain benefits that they earned while in the military.
"I took care of veterans, veterans' widows, children of veterans and worked real close with the American Legion in Minden," Jackson said.
After Jackson's military service, he pursued his teaching degree and is still called "Coach" by some people, according to Thompson.
"I got out and went to Southern State a year and ended up at Northeast (University of Louisiana at Monroe), graduated from there and got my Master's degree from Mississippi College and my Plus 30 from Louisiana Tech," Jackson said.
Thompson said Jackson is to be "commended for his service to our country and our military veterans."