New Siskiyou County Veterans Services Officer Victor Magdangal is relatively new to Siskiyou County, but he is well versed in veterans’ issues after serving for 20 years with the United States Navy.
Born in the Philippines, Magdangal joined the U.S. Navy in 1987, serving until 2007, when he headed off to work at the Paris Island boot camp.
In 2008, he moved on to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., but ended up trading in the hectic city life for more tranquil Siskiyou County.
“I love it here,” he said in an interview on Monday.
Magdangal has been in the role of the county’s VSO since late September, when he filled the vacant position left by Tim Grenvik’s retirement.
Magdangal said he is still in the learning phase of the job, soaking in knowledge about the various processes required of the position.
Of utmost importance, he said, is making sure that he knows the ins and outs of the highly technical forms that must be filled out for the various benefits veterans have earned.
So far, Magdangal said he enjoys the position, because it puts him in a spot to help veterans of all stripes, providing him with the satisfaction of helping others gain access to what they have earned.
He said there is a community aspect as well: dollars brought in to aid veterans often spread to the local economy.
Sheriff Jon Lopey said Magdangal emerged as the top candidate for the position after a highly competitive process.
“What we admired most was his passion for helping veterans,” Lopey said.
He added that Magdangal’s lengthy service record and experience in a variety of cultures and with numerous service men and women helped seal the decision.
Magdangal said he is excited to take on the role and hopes to reach out to as many veterans as possible.
“I want to continue what Tim started and reach out to more veterans,” he said.