Dane County veterans service officer leaving job

2013-01-23T13:55:00Z Dane County veterans service officer leaving jobBILL NOVAK | bnovak@madison.com madison.com
January 23, 2013 1:55 pm  • 

The Dane County veterans service officer is leaving his job at the end of the month to work for a nonprofit group that helps military members and their families.

Sgt. B.J. Ganem has been the county's veterans service officer since October 2011.

The Marine Corps veteran will be getting a position with the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support for members of the military and their families who are injured or critically ill.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced the departure of Ganem in a news release on Wednesday.

"After serving our country with honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sgt. Ganem returned home and made serving veterans his passion," Parisi said.

"While he will be missed in Dane County government, I have no doubt our veterans community will continue to be served well by his efforts."

Ganem grew up in Georgia and served in the Marine Corps from 1996 to 2000 before moving to Wisconsin to work for Kraft Foods while staying in the Marine Corps Reserve. In 2004, Ganem and his unit were sent to Iraq, where he was injured in combat, spending a year in recovery.

In 2005, Ganem took medical retirement from the Corps and returned to work at Kraft. He was appointed the county's veterans service officer by Parisi in 2011.

Deputy veterans service officer Dan Connery will serve as the interim officer upon Ganem's departure, with a search for a new veterans service officer beginning in a few weeks.

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