Laurens County Resident Appointed to South Carolina Veterans’ Trust Fund Board  

February 27, 2022

A Laurens County resident has been appointed to serve as a board member of the South Carolina Veterans’ Trust Fund.  The Veterans’ Trust Fund of South Carolina was established to serve the veterans of South Carolina.

Brenda Stewart of Clinton, South Carolina was tapped for the position last year by the Office of the Governor.  From nomination to confirmation the process took about six months and included a thorough background check, referrals, and a senate confirmation process.

Stewart appeared before the Family and Veterans’ Services Committee chaired by Senator Katrina Shealy on February 9th for the confirmation hearing.  On February 23rd the full senate confirmed the nomination thus confirming the appointment by the Governor.

“As State Senator, I am so very pleased with the appointment of Brenda Stewart to the Board of Trustees for the Veterans Trust of SC. As a daughter of a decorated war hero, she is a proud lifelong supporter of our military,” said Senator Penry Gustafson, member of the Family and Veterans’ Services Committee. “Brenda brings highly specialized skills to the table such as finding “Resolutions to Reality.” Her assessment strategies, legal experience, and strong personal character will make her a perfect addition to this Board. I am looking forward to watching her in this new role, and South Carolina is lucky to have her!”

Pictured left to right: Secretary Grimsley, Nick Mesenburg, Dr. Ada Stewart, Senator Shealy, Brenda Stewart

The Veterans’ Trust Fund strives to fund partnerships with charitable organizations, veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans’ affairs to fund improved assistance and support for South Carolina veterans and their families. Grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund may assist veterans in obtaining federal veterans benefits and pensions earned by virtue of their service and sacrifice.

“I commend Governor McMaster for recognizing Ms. Stewart’s exemplary talents and skill set and further appointing her to serve on the Veterans Services Trust Fund Board. The South Carolina Senate concurred and voted unanimously to confirm her nomination,” said Senator Danny Verdin. “As many of us already know, especially residents of Laurens County, Brenda will apply her energy and knowledge on behalf of South Carolina’s military veterans and and their families with the same alacrity she has served so many of her neighbors here in our community.”

“I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to serve on such an important board,” said Stewart. “Having grown up in a military family, I have a great love for the men and women who serve our nation. I look forward to working with SC Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Will Grimsley and the board to support the veterans in South Carolina.”

To learn more about the work of the South Carolina Veterans’ Trust Fund click here.