Retired colonel helps vets get benefits
DSC_4415e RETIRED COLONEL Ed Swanson holds a photograph of the Enoila Gay in his office at the El Dorado County Veterans Memorial Hall on May 19. Swanson now dedicates his time to helping veterans receive benefits they've earned. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A retired colonel is using his old rank to help other veterans get the benefits they are entitled to — even if it means directly ordering the vets to get help.

Col. Ed Swanson, 76, of Cool, retired from the Army and National Guard after 20 years of service. He worked briefly at the Pentagon for the Guard, but applied for a four-year tour. He was sent to Camp Zama, Japan, as ...

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