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County Hires New Veterans Service Officer

Pulaski County proudly welcomes our new Veterans Service Officer, Al Harkins to serve our retired military service men and women.

As the Pulaski County VSO, Harkins will counsel and assist veterans and their dependents with completing VA paperwork and filing claims. He will ensure eligible veterans and their dependents receive their earned benefits through federal, state and/or local organizations.

“Veterans need someone who understands their needs and knows how to meet those needs in a timely manner,” said Harkins. “I expect to make this position proactive and very visible in the community to reach the many veterans in Pulaski County through a vast group of sources already available but previously not engaged.”

“I’m pleased to have Mr. Harkins as part of our team,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “I am confident he will carry out the duties of the VSO with integrity and demonstrate total commitment to our veterans and their families.”

Born and raised in Alexandria, La., Harkins served in the Air Force 3902nd Combat Squadron, Blue Beret Elite Guard. He was stationed in Guantanamo; Thule, Greenland; and Goose Bay, Labrador where he learned “personal discipline, comradery and self-confidence.”

After his military service, he moved to Arkansas in 1964 and attended the University of Arkansas graduating with a degree in finance and accounting. He is also a banking graduate of Rutgers University and the CBS School of Broadcasting.

In addition to his experience in banking, Harkins was a wheat farmer in Woodson, Ark. for six years. He taught banking and economics at the University of Memphis, Arkansas State University and UA Little Rock.

He serves on the Arkansas State Board of Finance; is a member of the American Legion and Shriners International; he also works part-time at Rainwater, Holt and Sexton Law.

Harkins lives in Little Rock, is married with four children and five grandchildren. He attends Christ the King Catholic Church.

Welcome to the County Mr. Harkins!

Veterans, spouses or dependents who need assistance are encouraged to call 501-340-5622 or email aharkins@pulaskicounty.net.