Newsmaker: Jeff Heiger
Residence: Valencia in Butler County
Family: Wife, Lauren; sons, James, 28, and Matthew, 27
Occupation: Chief engineer at VA Butler Healthcare
Education: Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, University of Delaware, 1981
Background: A four-year Navy veteran, Heiger has worked for the VA for 26 years. He was appointed VA Butler Healthcare's chief engineer in May 2008.
Noteworthy: Heiger was named the Veterans Health Administration's Chief Engineer of the Year for 2010. Through American Recovery Restoration Act funds, he was able to secure $15.7 million for construction and restoration projects that will offer thousands of local veterans a state-of-the-art health care facility.
Quote: "I feel as if I'm a veteran success story. After two tours in Vietnam, I used the GI Bill to earn my bachelor's degree in civil engineering. For me, to serve our veterans is a privilege. ... The most important lessons I learned in the service were that I was capable of doing more than I thought I could and to never quit."
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