Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has welcomed a new member of her district staff – Mary Rose Planchon from the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, who will serve as a Congressional Defense Fellow. She will be based out of the Watertown district office.

Mary Rose Planchon was a chemical specialist in the US Army. She was previously stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, and is now at Fort Drum, NY. Her husband is a Fort Drum Active Duty soldier, currently serving his country as an aircraft pneudraulics repairer. After completing her service, Mary earned a degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting, during which she completed an internship with the Tennessee State Veterans Home. She was then hired as a VA benefits advisor at Fort Drum where she provided VA benefits training and assistance for transitioning service members, as well as a with a rotation to Europe where she provided the same services all over Germany and Belgium. Mary now joins Congresswoman Stefanik’s office as a Congressional Defense Fellow. Her focus will be on VA casework and educating veterans about navigating the VA.

“I am thrilled that Mary Rose Planchon is joining my office from the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program as a Congressional Fellow,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “In our Watertown office, veterans and VA issues make up the vast majority of our casework. Mary’s background, firsthand knowledge, and expertise has already proved irreplaceable in her short time in my office. She has a true passion for helping others. The Wounded Warriors Program is an incredibly important organization that assists with the transition of active duty service members to civilian life, and my office is lucky to have Mary Rose Planchon working to help our North Country veterans.”

“Working in Congresswoman Stefanik’s Watertown office has already been a rewarding experience for me,” said Mary Rose Planchon. “My passion in life is helping others, particularly veterans. I know firsthand the difficulties that can arise when transitioning from military service to civilian life, as well as the issues many veterans have when dealing with the VA. My goal as Congresswoman Stefanik’s Congressional Fellow is to empower veterans and improve their lives to the best of my ability. I’m appreciative of this opportunity and am excited for what is ahead.”

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